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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND ON THE END AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
A: C-H-I-C

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ENVELOPE PARALLELISM ; OHIO

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: THEY'RE BOTH STANDING ON THE ROAD, BUT NEITHER ONE CAN SEE THE
OTHER.
A: EYES.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM? ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD?
A: THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: MIZSLUZ TEVAS KLANE GULI. - THE FATHER OF RIDDLES IS SLEEPING IN
THE GULLY.
A: LIESUVIS - YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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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.

Submitter comment:

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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INDIAN RIDDLE

Q: TWO INDIANS WERE WALKING DOWN A PATH. THE ONE BEHIND THE ONE IN
FRONT WAS THE SON OF THE FIRST ONE. THE FIRST ONE WASN T HIS
FATHER, WHO WAS IT?
A: HIS MOTHER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS RIDDLE WHILE AT A SORORITY PARTY.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES. CK[ FAMILY MEMBERS ; SHORT STORY AS RIDDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): FAMILY MEMBERS ; SHORT STORY AS RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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Q: A PLANE WAS FLYING OVER THE BORDER LINE BETWEEN MICHIGAN AND OHIO.
THE PASSENGERS WERE FROM MICHIGAN AND THE PLANE CRASHED ON THE BORDER
BETWEEN MICHIGAN AND OHIO. WHERE WOULD THE SURVIVORS BE BURIED?
A: SURVIVORS DON'T GET BURIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A POLICEMAN IS WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND HEARS A SHOUT FROM A
NEARBY BUILDING, "NO, NO, DON'T SHOOT" AND ANOTHER
MAN'S VOICE SAID,
"YES, I'M GOING TO SHOOT." A SHOT RANG OUT AND HE RUSHED INTO THE
ROOM WHERE HE FOUND A DEAD MAN AND 4 OTHER PERSONS , A LAWYER, A
DOCTOR, A DENTIST AND A MORTICIAN. THE POLICEMAN IMMEDIATELY
ARRESTED THE DOCTOR. HE FOUND THE GUN ON THE FLOOR. HOW DID HE
KNOW IT WAS THE DOCTOR THAT SHOT THE MAN?
A: THE OTHER THREE WERE WOMEN.

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

Data entry tech comment: MISSPELLINGS HAVE BEEN CORRECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A NEW BRIDE LIKE A RAILROAD?
A: BECAUSE SHE, TOO HAS A TRAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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MILKRUNNER - A LITERAL RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS ONE HORN, GIVES MILK, AND RUNS UP AND DOWN THE STREET?
A: A MILK TRUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; LITERAL ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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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: WHY DOES UNCLE SAM WEAR RED, WHITE, AND BLUE SUSPENDERS?
A: TO HOLD UP THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACTION ; CLOTHES (Q) COLOR ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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SILLY SALLY RIDDLE

Q: SILLY SALLY LIKES APPLES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE FRUIT.
SILLY SALLY LIKES GLASS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE WINDOWS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES JEFF, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE JOHN.
SILLY SALLY LIKES BOOKS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE PAGES.
SILLY SALLY LIKES HIPPIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE BEATNIKS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES COOKIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE CRACKERS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES SKIING, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE SNOW.
SILLY SALLY LOVES MISSISSIPPI.
WHAT DOES SILLY SALLY LIKE?
A: SILLY SALLY LIKES WORDS WITH DOUBLE LETTERS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CLASSMATES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; PARTICULAR

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; INITIAL ITERATION ; MEDIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: AS I WENT THROUGH THE FIELDS OF WHEAT/ I FOUND SOMETHING GOOD
TO EAT,/ 'TWAS NEITHER FLESH NOR MEAT, NOR BONE,/
I KEPT IT UNTIL IT RAN ALONE.
A: AN EGG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS WAS A RIDDLE THAT SHE HEARD AT MICHIGAN
MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY FROM A CO-OFFICE-WORKER ABOUT A YEAR AGO.
INFORMANT ADMITS TO BEING STUMPED FOR A FEW HOURS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

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

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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FLOUR OF ENGLAND - RIDDLE

Q: FLOUR OF ENGLAND, FRUIT OF SPAIN/ MET TOGETHER IN A SHOWER OF
RAIN;/ PUT IN A BAG AND TIED ROUND WITH A STRING;/ IF YOU'LL TELL
ME THIS RIDDLE, I'LL GIVE YOU A RING.
A: A PLUM PUDDING.

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): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: ITS HANDS ARE ALWAYS ON ITS FACE./ WHEN IT GOES, IT STAYS IN ONE
PLACE./ WHAT IS IT?
A: A CLOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: AS ROUND AS AN APPLE,/ AS DEEP AS A CUP,/ AND ALL THE KING'S
HORSES/ CAN'T PULL IT UP.
A: A WELL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; EATABLES (Q) ; PARTICULAR ; PERSONS (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: THIRTY WHITE HORSES/ UPON A RED HILL./ NOW THEY STAMP,/ NOW THEY
CHAMP,/ NOW THEY STAND STILL.
A: TEETH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE

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

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