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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER DIDN'T HAVE SUPPER ON TIME
USUALLY THE EXCUSE WAS THE BUTCHER GAVE HER A TOUGH PIECE OF
MEAT. OF COURSE, THE OVER THE FENCE GOSSIPING WITH NEIGHBORS
ALL AFTERNOON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF WOMEN SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: IT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER.
A: AN EMBARRASSED ZEBRA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): NEWSPAPER RIDDLE, VARIAN OF ; SPELLING: RED FOR READ

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: IT IS NOT A SHIRT, YET IT IS SEWED;
IT IS NOT A TREE, YET IT IS FULL OF LEAVES;
IT IS NOT A PERSON, YET IT TALKS SENSIBLE.
A: A BOOK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: HARVEY GOLDMAN, 12YR. OLD CAMPER AT LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK (9)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-25-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A: NEWSPAPER.

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

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM (PLAY ON WORDS) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A TIGHT BOOT LIKE AN OAK TREE?
A: BECAUSE THEY BOTH GIVE CORNS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: PRAMUSI LEDAZ, RASE SIDABIG; PRANUISE SIDABIG, RASIAUKSG.
Q: BREAK ICE, FIND SILVER; BREAK SILVER, FIND GOLD.
A: KIAUSINIS - AN EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS ; MONETARY (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS WHITE WHEN IT IS DIRTY AND BLACK WHEN IT IS CLEAN?
A: A BLACKBOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS GREEN ON THE MOUNTAIN, BLACK IN THE MARKET PLACE,
AND RED IN THE HOUSE?
A: CHARCOAL.

Submitter comment: DIRECTLY TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: A STONE UPON STONE AND A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: CHIMNEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: I AM FOUND BETWEEN TREES, I SHOW EVERYTHING BUT SEE NOTHING.
A: A WINDOW.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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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 GETS WETTER AND WETTER AS IT DRIES?
A: A TOWEL.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEM (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (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 SITS IN A CORNER IN NICE WEATHER AND GOES OUTSIDE IN RAINY
WEATHER?
A: AN UMBRELLA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-04-1970

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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 IS IT THAT ONE THROWS AWAY AFTER CAREFULLY HOARDING IT?
A: GARBAGE.

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

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS GREEN AND WHITE AND COLD ALL OVER?
A: GRASS WITH SNOW ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD-PLAY: PUN ON "GOLD"

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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