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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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TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
BUT THE TULIPS THAT _____ LIKES
ARE THE TULIPS IN THE DARK.

Data entry tech comment: ANY NAME COULD BE SUBSTITUTED WHERE THE BLANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TWO LIPS I LIKE BEST
ARE YOUR TWO LIPS IN THE DARK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABCB ; FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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Language

Grace Parody:

Our Heavenly Fahter

Holy Ghost

Whoever eats the fastest

Gets the most!

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Eat ; GRACE ; JOKE ; Language ; PARODY ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PRAYER ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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Signatures:

Don't let your meat loaf

Data entry tech comment:

entered by TRD

Where learned: Rhode Island ; PROVIDENCE

Keyword(s): loaf ; meat ; meatloaf ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Signature

Subject headings: Z210

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Retort

Yea, she was bread in old Kentucky, but she's only a crumb up here.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

[To What?] is written next to the title.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; HORSE ; INSULT ; Kentucky ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

I feel like a tailor.

How's that?

sew-sew.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Fabric ; HUMOR ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SEWING ; Tailor ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

There's a method in my madness.

There's a madness in my method.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in high school.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; MADNESS ; Method ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RETORT ; Sanity ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

The fellow who comes into a bar optimistically, leave misty-optically.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DRUNK ; HUMOR ; Jest ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Wellerism:

"I see" said the blind man, as he picked up the hammer and saw.

Submitter comment:

Heard frequently in New Brighton, MInn.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MINNESOTA

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; TOOLS ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

Wellerism:

"I see" said the blind man, as he took up his hammer and saw.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; TOOLS ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

Wellerism:

"I see" said the blind man to his deaf wife.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; DEAF ; HUSBAND ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; VERSE ; Wellerism ; Wife

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

I see said the blind man and he picked up his hammer and saw.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S300] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: WORK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; METAPHOR ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

"I see" said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

Make love, not war.

Submitter comment:

Sit-ins.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The term [sit-ins] is circled, and this is written next to it:

It would be better to put these comments a line or two lower so they won't appear to be part of the proverb.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; LOVE ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Protest ; PROVERB ; PUN ; SLOGAN ; VERSE ; WAR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Figures don't lie, but liars figure.

Submitter comment:

Given in math class.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cheat ; Figure ; Liar ; Lie ; Maxim ; NUMBERS ; Plan ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Rhyme

STOP MAKING LOVE AT (NAME'S) GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND, BUT NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Allusion ; BLIND ; Gate ; Neighbor ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Public ; PUN ; RHYME ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): AA ; HUMOR ; PLAY ON PROVERB ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Figures don't lie, but liars do figure.

Submitter comment:

I was working on a project at Continental Aviation and Engineering when I was using a number of supposedly reliable figures - they were not accurate figures.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Figures ; Liar ; Lie ; Maxim ; NUMBERS ; Plan ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Plot ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Scheme ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Man has his will, but woman has her way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; gender ; Man ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Sexes ; VERSE ; Way ; Will ; Woman

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

People who live in glass houses shouldn't get stoned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DRUGS ; HUMOR ; Judgment ; Marijuana ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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