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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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