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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: SUDEGE ZSUOLAS BE ANGLIUZ, BE PELENUZ. (AN OAK BURNED UP WITHOUT
LEAVING COALS OR ASHES.)
A: TVAKE - A CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A THOUSAND HOLES AND HOLDS WATER?
A: A SPONGE.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES UP WHEN THE RAIN COMES DOWN?
A: AN UMBRELLA.

Data entry tech comment: 2 MORE EXAMPLES ARE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT LIVES IN A FIRE?
A: A LIVE COAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: THE MORE YOU FEED IT/ THE MORE IT WILL GROW HIGH/ BUT IF YOU
GIVE IT WATER,/ THEN IT WILL GO AND DIE.
A: FIRE.

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

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GROWS BIG WHEN IT IS FED WOOD, GROWS SMALL WHEN
IT IS FED WATER?
A: FIRE.

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

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GROWS WITH ITS ROOTS UPWARD, LIVES IN THE WINTERTIME,
AND DISAPPEARS IN THE SUMMER?
A: AN ICICLE.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WITHOUT FEET, WITHOUT ARMS IT STILL CLIMBS FOR THE HEAVENS.
A: SMOKE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: SEMAS (PILKAS) JAUTIS DANGUZ LAISO. - THE GREY BULL LICKS THE SKY.
A: DUMAI - SMOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN OUTRUN A HORSE AND CAN CROSS THE WATER WITHOUT GETTING
WET?
A: THE SUN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: I WENT TO THE WOODS AND FOUND IT. I SAT ME DOWN TO LOOK FOR IT.
I BROUGHT IT HOME WITH ME BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIND IT. WHAT WAS IT?
A: A THORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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DIAMONDS (RIDDLE)

Q: WHERE DO THEY KEEP THE LARGEST DIAMONDS IN DETROIT?
A: ON THE BASEBALL FIELDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF A FARM IS IT WHERE ONLY WOODEN BOXES ARE PLANTED,
AND ONLY MARBLE STONES GROW UP?
A: A CEMETERY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTICULAR ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW CAN A FARMER PLANT 5 STRAIGHT ROWS OF TREES WITH 4 TREES IN
EACH ROW IF HE HAS ONLY TEN TREES?
A: IN A FIVE POINTED (INSIDE AND OUTSIDE) STAR SHAPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DVIEM PUPOM VISAZ LAUKAZ APSEJA. - TWO SEEDS, SOW A WHOLE FIELD.
A: AKIMIS - WITH YOUR EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): IMAGINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ROOF NEVER KEEPS OUT THE WET?
A: THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUILDINGS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT TREE DOES EVERYONE CARRY IN HIS HAND?
A: THE PALM.

Submitter comment: DIRECTLY TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT PUTS THE WHITE LINES ON THE OCEAN ?
A: AN OCEAN LINER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S ROUND AS THE FULL MOON, BLACK AS THE NIGHT AND HAS A TAIL?
A: A FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: UPON ASKING A FRIEND, MISS ROSE VARIEUR, WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING FOR,
SHE ASKED THE ABOVE RIDDLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S BLACK AS A COON, ROUND AS THE MOON, AND HAS A TAIL ON IT?
A: A CAST IRON FRYING PAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-18-1969

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