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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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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS THREE FEET BUT CAN'T WALK?
A: YARDSTICK.

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

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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: 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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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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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WALKS IN THE MORNING ON 4 LEGS, IN THE DAY ON 2, AND IN THE
EVENING ON 3?
A: A MAN.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

James Callow Keyword(s): "LEGS" SYMBOLIZING AGE OR STAGES IN LIFE ; CANE OEDIPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHO WALKS ON FOUR FEET IN THE MORNING, ON TWO FEET AT NOON,
AND ON THREE IN THE EVENING?
A: MAN. AS A CHILD HE CRAWLS ON ALL FOURS; AS AN ADULT HE WALKS ON
TWO; AND IN HIS OLD AGE HE WALKS LEANING ON A STICK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FROM HIS NEIGHBOR MR. SOL FRIEDMAN

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND

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

James Callow Keyword(s): SOPHOCLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-29-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS 6 LEGS, FOUR EYES, AND ONE TAIL?
A: A MAN RIDING A HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A MAN TAKES AN ELEVATOR TO THE 5TH FLOOR OF A TALL BUILDING AND
THEN HE WALKS UP TO THE ELEVENTH FLOOR. WHEN HE FINISHED HIS BUSINESS
HE TAKES THE ELEVATOR DOWN'TO THE FIRST FLOOR. WHY DIDN T HE TAKE
THE ELEVATOR ALL THE WAY UP TO THE 11TH FLOOR?
A: THE MAN WAS A MIDGET AND COULD ONLY REACH THE 5TH FLOOR BUTTON.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WEIGHS 2 TONS, HAS 80 FEET, AND SCREAMS?
A: 40 WOMEN CAUGHT IN AN ELEVATOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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THOUGHT TEASER (RIDDLE)

Q: IF AN ELECTRIC TRAIN WERE GOING DUE NORTH AT A SPEED OF 100 M.P.H.
AND THE WIND WAS BLOWING IN A SOUTHEASTERLY DIRECTION AT 60 M.P.H.,
IN WHICH DIRECTION WOULD THE SMOKE BE BLOWING?
A: IN NO DIRECTION? ELECTRIC TRAINS DON'T HAVE SMOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENONMENA (Q) ; NUMBERS ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DU DIEGA, DU VEJA. - TWO RUN, TWO FOLLOW.
A: RATAI - WHEELS ON A WAGON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; NUMBERS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW FAR CAN YOU GO INTO THE WOODS?
A: HALFWAY, BECAUSE THEN YOU START COMING OUT THE OTHER SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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RIDDLE

Q: WHILE I WAS ON MY WAY TO ST. IVES/ I MET A MAN WITH SEVEN WIVES/
EACH WIFE HAD SEVEN BAGS/ EACH BAG HAD SEVEN CATS/ EACH CAT HAD
SEVEN KITTENS/ WIVES, BAGS, CATS AND KITTENS/ HOW MANY WERE GOING
TO ST. IVES?
A: ONE.

Data entry tech comment: TWO VARIANTS IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEM (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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Q: A GOOSE BETWEEN TWO GEESE,/ AND A GOOSE AHEAD OF TWO GEESE,/
AND A GOOSE BEHIND TWO GEESE?/ HOW MANY GEESE WERE THERE?
A: THREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 03-13-1968

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