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TWO, THREE, AND FOUR LEGS RIDDLE

Q: TWO LEGS SAT UPON THREE LEGS,/ WITH ONE LEG IN HIS LAP;/ IN COMES
FOUR LEGS,/ AND RUNS AWAY WITH ONE LEG./ UP JUMPS TWO LEGS,/ CATCHES
UP THREE LEGS,/ THROWS IT AFTER FOUR LEGS,/ AND MAKES HIM BRING BACK
ONE LEG.
A: TWO LEGS, A BOY; THREE LEGS, A STOOL; ONE LEG, A ROAST LEG OF
LAMB; FOUR LEGS, A DOG.

Submitter comment: I FOUND THIS IN AN OLD MOTHER GOOSE COLORING BOOK WHICH WAS IN THE
ATTIC. THE COVER AND SOME PAGES WERE MISSING. IT IS AT LEAST TEN
YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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ELIZABETH RIDDLE

Q: ELIZABETH, ELSPETH, BETSY AND BESS,/ THEY ALL WENT TOGETHER TO
SEE A BIRD'S NEST./ THEY FOUND A BIRD'S NEST WITH FIVE EGGS IN,/
THEY ALL TOOK ONE AND LEFT FOUR IN.
A: ELIZABETH, ELSPETH, BETSY AND BESS ARE ALL THE SAME GIRL.

Data entry tech comment: FUNCTION: TO TEACH NICKNAMES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; EATABLES (Q) ; NUMBERS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ACE IN THE HOLE

Data entry tech comment: GAMBLING TERM APPLIED TO A HIDDEN ADVANTAGE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD PLAYING: POKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PHRASES OF A MATH TEACHER

ADDING X<4 TO THE EQUATION REALLY DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; LETTER

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): LOGIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ALMOST COUNTS ONLY IN HORSESHOES AND HAND-GRENADES.

Submitter comment: FINE FELLOW

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PANAMA CITY

Keyword(s): GAMES ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAN ; I SUPPOSE THE MEANING OF THIS IS THAT A HAND GRENADE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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PROVERB

ANYBODY CAN BE FOOLED ONCE, BUT ONLY A FOOL CAN BE FOOLED TWICE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; OBSERVATION ; REPETITION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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MORAL PROVERB

AS DELICIOUS AS NINE HONEYS.
PRIEZ ADSIAI (LITHUANIAN)

Submitter comment: ONE HONEY IS DELICIOUS BY ITSELF BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE NINE OF THEM?
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Data entry tech comment: CATHERINE, YOU'RE A HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; INSECT ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERB

BELIEVE HALF OF WHAT YOU READ AND NONE OF WHAT YOU ARE TOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.00
BELIEF -- Number P686.05
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

CUPID IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SHOOT ARROWS THROUGH TWO HEARTS
AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: RUSSIA

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERNATURAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Gods
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

DEATHS COME IN THREES; DEPARTURES FROM THE JESUIT ORDER COME IN
THREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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A PROVERB

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BIRD ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ANTICIPATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PROVERB

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY'RE HATCHED.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BIRD ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ANTICIPATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN YOUR HAND IS BETTER THAN TEN ON A TREE.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A PROVERB FROM PALESTINE, NOT THE USE OF TEN ON A TREE
COMPARED WITH THE AMERICAN PROVERB SAYING TWO ON A TREE. (SIC)

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TWO IN THE BUSH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 First / Once / One / Newness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-06-1970

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH THOUSANDS IN THE AIR. (TRANSLATION)
ASFUR JIDEC AHIAR MIN ELF FLAIRU. (MALTESE)

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Sixths / Six
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HYPOCRISY ; NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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BUBBLES ON THE WATER MEANS RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM.

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BUSIER THAN A ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER WITH THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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PROVERB

BUSIER THAN A ONE LEGGED MAN IN AN ASS-KICKING CONTEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

BUSY AS A ONE ARM PAPER HANGER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO CONVEY MUCH ACTIVITY. A PAPER HANGER IS A PERSON
WHO IN THE OLD DAYS HUNG WALLPAPER. A PERSON WHO HANGS WALL PAPER
WITH ONE ARM IS AN EXTREMELY BUSY PERSON. INFORMANT USES THIS TO
CONVEY A BUSY SITUATION. HE FOUND THIS QUITE AMUSING AND FIRST
HEARD IT AT WORK.

Data entry tech comment: GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-15-1971

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PROVERB

CANT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO...UNLESS YOU HAVE TWO CAKES.'

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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