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RIDDLE

Q: SMALLER THAN A STALLION, ANGRIER THAN THE DEVIL.
A: PEPPER.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL AND DEVIL (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSE ; SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A RED, GREEN AND WHITE HOUSE WITH LITTLE BLACK
PEOPLE INSIDE?
A: A WATERMELOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; EATABLES (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KETURI PONAICIUKAI ZENA KEPURE DEVI.(FOUR LORDS WEAR ONE HAT.)
A: A TABLE - STALAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FURNITURE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: THE MAD MAN CRIES, THE WISE MAN PULLS. HULLU HUUTAA, VIISAS VETAA.
A: A CHURCH BELL. - KIRKONKELLO

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS IN ACTION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: HAIR IN THE MIDDLE AND FAT ALL AROUND.
A: A CANDLE

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: MAZA MOTERELE VISAZ PASAULIZ APRENGIA. - A SMALL WOMAN DRESSES
THE WHOLE WORLD.
A: A NEEDLE. - ADATA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; METAPHORICAL ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD?
A: THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: A RED ROOSTER WHICH JUMPS AROUND AND OVER THE WHITE FENCES.
A: THE TONGUE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS FULL OF EYES BUT HAS ONLY ONE MOUTH?
A: A ZARU. - A SPECIAL TYPE OF BAMBOO BASKET WHICH IS LOOSELY WOVEN
TO ALLOW WATER TO PASS THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHEN DOES A BOAT SHOW AFFECTION?
A: WHEN IT HUGS THE SHORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WOMEN ARE LIKE MONEY.
A: YOU HAVE TO KEEP THEM BUSY OR THEY LOSE INTEREST.

James Callow comment: DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A RIDDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; MONETARY ITEM (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DID THE BALD HEADED MAN SAY WHEN HE GOT A COMB FOR HIS
BIRTHDAY?
A: I WILL NEVER PART WITH IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; NOTION ITEM (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY DID THE MAN THROW THE CLOCK OUT THE WINDOW?
A: HE WANTED TO SEE TIME FLY.

Data entry tech comment: 3 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-25-1965

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(RIDDLE) ABOUT CHILDREN

Q: WHY ARE SOME CHILDREN LIKE FLANNEL?
A: BECAUSE THEY SHRINK FROM WASHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; TEXTILE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: WHEN DOES THE SEA SEEM TO BE FRIENDLY?
A: WHEN IT WAVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KEY IS THE HARDEST TO TURN?
A: A DONKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A RAILROAD ENGINE LIKE THE FAMILY WASH?
A: BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM GO ON A LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: TWO STIFF STANDERS/ TWO DILLY DANDERS/ TWO HOOKERS, TWO CROOKERS/
A LICKER AND A SWITCHER.
A: A COW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle C890.400

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ADMIRATION IS THE SON OF IGNORANCE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): FAMILY METAPHOR ; PUN? ON SON SUN?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

ALL MEN ARE TOADS.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE GIRLS IN THE DORMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HAVE
CAUGHT ON TO THIS SAYING AND BUY FROG REPLICAS, FROG CANDLES, ETC.
FOR THEIR BOYFRIENDS.

Data entry tech comment: TOADS OF A FEATHER....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL METAPHOR ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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