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WHEN YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED TO SILVER,
AND LIFE'S PATH NO MORE YOU TROD.
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,
IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH SALVATION NAME MAGIC ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET SPIT ON THE BROOM AND SAY YOUR NAME.
IT WILL KEEP YOU FROM GOING TO JAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF SPIT ; NAME MAGIC ; PREVENTIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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TURQUOISE

WEARING TURQUOISE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY ORNAMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: JOHN IS IN THE OTHER ROOM SLEEPING. MARY IS ON THE FLOOR DEAD.
THERE IS WATER ON THE FLOOR NEAR MARY. THERE IS ALSO BROKEN GLASS
ON THE FLOOR NEAR MARY. MARY DID NOT DIE OF ANY WOUNDS.
HOW DID MARY DIE?
A: JOHN IS A CAT. MARY IS A FISH. JOHN KNOCKED THE FISH BOWL OFF
THE STAND AND IT BROKE AND MARY DIED OF SUFFICATION (SUFFOCATION).

Submitter comment:

YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

James Callow Keyword(s): HOUSEHOLD ITEM (Q) ; NAMES FOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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PROVERB

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.

James Callow comment: IT'S INTERESTING THAT STEVENSON LISTS THIS UNDER "JACK"
RATHER THAN "WORK" -- F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; NAME: JACK FOR MALE OR PERSON ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AMBITION KILLED CAESAR.

Where learned: USS FRED T BERRY (DD-858)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; CAESAR FOR POLITICIAN ; NAME SYMBOLISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS IRISH AS PADDY'S PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME: PADDY ; NATIONALISM ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS ODD AS KATE CARNEY'S CAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; ANIMATED NATURE ; PROPER NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): ECCENTRICITY ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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ORIGIN OF THE JACK O LANTERN

A BOY NAMED JACK WANTED TO GO TO HEAVEN, BUT HIS CONSCIENCE
WOULD NOT LET HIM. SO JACK WANTED TO GET INTO HELL, BUT SINCE
HE PLAYED TRICKS AND JOKES, THE DEVIL WOULD NOT LET HIM IN.
SO JACK HAD TO ROAM THE EARTH FOR ALL TIME, CARRYING
A LANTERN. THEREFORE PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIM, JACK O' LANTERN.

Data entry tech comment: A-T 330 THE SMITH OUTWITS THE DEVIL
MT[ A2817 ORIGIN OF WILL-OF-THE-WISP (JACK-O'-LANTERN)
CK[ IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN
WL[ ALPENA, MICHIGAN
****************** NEW D FILE 2 ******************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

James Callow Keyword(s): IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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WELLERISM

OURS WAS THE GROUP THAT HAD 35% MORE CAVITIES
HE SAID CRESTFALLEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): "CREST" IS THE BRAND NAME OF TOOTHPASTE WHICH ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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SONG

JOHN JACOB JINGLES IRISH SMITH
THAT'S MY NAME TOO.
WHENEVER WE GO OUT
THE PEOPLE ALWAYS SHOUT
THERE GOES JOHN JACOB JINGLES IRISH SMITH.
TRA LA LA LA LA LA LA.

Submitter comment: THE VERSE IS SUNG SIX TIMES. EACH TIME IT IS SUNG THE SINGER'S
VOICE BECOMES A LITTLE SOFTER (EXCEPT FOR THE LAST TWO LINES WHICH
ARE ALWAYS SHOUTED) UNTIL THE WORDS ARE JUST MOUTHED FOR THE LAST
SINGING.
HEARD IN ROYAL OAK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
ARTHUR
ARTHUR WHO?
ARTHUR ANY MORE AT HOME LIKE YOU?

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): PERSONAL NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
CHESTER
CHESTER WHO?
CHESTER MINUTE AND I'LL SEE.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): PERSONAL NAME

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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CAIN AND ABLE

HOW LONG DID CAIN HATE HIS BROTHER?
AS LONG AS HE WAS ABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT FROM A PATIENT IN STS, MARY
AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ABEL ; BIBLICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
WENDY
WENDY WHO?
WENDY MOON COMES OVER THE MOUNTAIN.

Submitter comment: AT SOME PARTY

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; SONG TITLE: WHEN THE MOON COMES OVER THE MOUNTAINS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BOB
BOB WHO?
BOB BA BLACK SHEEP HAVE YOU ANY WOOL?

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; NURSERY RHYME: BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DICK
DICK WHO?
DICK 'EM UP-I'M TONGUE TIED.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; STICK @EM UP

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
UPTON
UPTON WHO?
JUST UPTON AND DOWNTOWN.

Submitter comment: FROM A FRIEND BACK HOME

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
HASSAN
HASSAN WHO?
HASSAN A BODY HERE SEEN KELLY?

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
IRVING
IRVING WHO?
IRVING A GOOD TIME WISHA WERE HERE.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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