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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, CONSTANTLY MOVING AND 75% BLUE?
A: THE EARTH.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GEOGRAPHY CLASS.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) COLOR ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS FIVE LETTERS BUT WHEN YOU TAKE TWO AWAY HAS ONE?
A: THE WORD STONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: TWO ENDS, TWO RINGS WITH A NAIL IN THE MIDDLE.
A: SCISSORS.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS GOES UP BUT NEVER GOES DOWN?
A: AGE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: IF YOU WERE A BUS DRIVER, AND YOU PICKED UP THREE PEOPLE AT ONE
BUS STOP, AND EIGHT AT THE OTHER, HOW OLD WOULD YOU BE?
A: THE AUDIENCE'S AGE; IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE QUESTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DOES EVERYONE IN THE WORLD DO AT THE SAME TIME?
A: GROW OLDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY ISN T A NOSE 12 INCHES LONG?
A: BECAUSE THEN IT WOULD BE A FOOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS IT THAT NO MAN S HAND CAN BE OVER ELEVEN INCHES ACROSS?
A: BECAUSE IF IT WAS TWELVE INCHES IT WOULD BE A FOOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS YOUR ARM ONLY ELEVEN INCHES LONG?
A: BECAUSE IF IT WAS TWELVE IT WOULD BE A FOOT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT MOST RESEMBLES HALF A CHEESE?
A: THE OTHER HALF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; NUMBERS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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NINE PUZZLE RIDDLE

Q: HOW CAN YOU REARRANGE THESE LINES TO MAKE 9? 11111111111
A: NINE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS RIDDLE AT A PARTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PETER PIPER (RIDDLE)

Q: PETER PIPER PICKED A PACK OF PICKLED PEPPERS.
HOW MANY PICKLED PEPPERS DID PETER PIPER PICK ETC.
A: (NOT GIVEN)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: ON WHAT DAY OF THE YEAR DO WOMEN TALK THE LEAST?
A: THE SHORTEST.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: IF THERE ARE TWO DUCKS BEFORE ONE DUCK, TWO DUCKS AFTER ONE
DUCK, AND ONE DUCK IN BETWEEN, HOW MANY DUCKS ARE THERE?
A: THREE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; NUMBERS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW MANY GROOVES ARE IN A RECORD?
A: TWO - ONE ON EACH SIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; LITERAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DUJLIKA BROLIUZ VIENA JUOSTA JUOSI. - TWELVE BROTHERS ARE
WEARING ONE BELT.
A: METAI - A YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: TAKE 5 FROM 5 AND YOU STILL HAVE 5.
A: A HAND IN A GLOVE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHICH MAN SHAVES 20 OR MORE TIMES A DAY?
A: THE BARBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-09-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS EIGHTEEN LEGS AND CATCHES FLIES?
A: BASEBALL TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS VAIKSCIAJA RYTAZ KETURIOMIS, DIENAZ DXAEM, O VAKARE TRIMYS
KOJOMIS? - WHAT WALKS ON FOUR LEGS IN THE MORNING, TWO DURING THE
DAY, AND ON THREE IN THE EVENING.
A: TMOGUS - A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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