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IF YOU DROP A FORK, A LADY WILL COME.
IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, A MAN WILL COME.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, A CHILD WILL COME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPANY VISITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 02-14-1967

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DO THE FIREMEN WEAR SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO KEEP THEIR PANTS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DOES UNCLE SAM WEAR RED - WHITE - AND - BLUE
SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD HIS PANTS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DOES A FIREMAN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO KEEP HIS PANTS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DID THE FIREMAN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD HIS PANTS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DOES A FIREMAN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD UP HIS PANTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DO FIREMEN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD UP THEIR PANTS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DOES UNCLE SAM WEAR RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD UP HIS PANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Japanese Snake Medicine

Japanese may eat snakes because of their belief in its medicinal value, especially when charred black.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COOKING ; Culinary ; CURE ; Japanese ; MEDICINE ; Natural Remedy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition

Superstition:

If you come in one door and immediately go out another you'll have company.

Submitter comment:

Sylvia learned this from her sister who in turn learned it at the nurses' lounge at Beaumont Hospital, Detroit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P860] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Company ; CUSTOM ; Entrance ; Exit ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation

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Proverb

Tell me with whom you walk and I'll tell you who you are.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Company ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Walk

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Rhyme

DAN, DAN A DIRTY OLD MAN
WASHED HIS FACE IN THE FRYING PAN
HE COMBED HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF A CHAIR
DAN, DAN THE DIRTY OLD MAN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAYS IT HAS A TUNE BUT SHE CAN'T REMEMBER IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): Dan ; Dirty ; Man ; NAME ; Old ; Pan ; RHYME ; RIDICULE ; Tucker

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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PROVERB

IF YOU SLEEP WITH DOGS--YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Association ; Company ; DOG ; Fleas ; FRIENDS ; Lay ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Society ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Custom: Holiday

IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN, THE UNATTACHED MEN WALKED
AROUND THE PLAZA COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, WHILE THE UNMARRIED
GIRLS WALKED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. OCCASIONALLY,
THE GIRLS WILL REST ON OVERLOOKING BALCONIES, FROM
WHICH THEY WILL THROW SMALL DARTS TRAILING COLORED
STREAMERS. AFTER THE PARADE, THE MAN IS ENTITLED
TO VISIT ONLY BALCONIES DECORATED IN THE COLORS MATCHING
THE STREAMERS HE HOLDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: Magazine

Keyword(s): Balcony ; COURTSHIP ; Dart ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Flirtation ; Male ; Parade ; Ribbon ; Spain ; Spanish ; Streamer ; Streamers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

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Proverb

Birds of a feather, flock together.

Submitter comment:

From my mother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Company ; Feather ; FRIENDSHIP ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Similar ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Company ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

On the third day the fish begins to stink.

Submitter comment:

For those houseguests who don't know when to leave.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; FISH ; Houseguest ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Stink ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

If you lay down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

Submitter comment:

The informant warns many female teens to be careful about freely engaging in sex because they may wind up "caught" (pregnant). She says this all the time.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out, Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; Dogs ; Fleas ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationships ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph rhyme;

Yours till the Mississippi wears rubber pants.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Mississippi ; Pants ; PUN ; RHYME ; River ; Rubber ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till the Atlantic ocean wears rubber pants to keep its bottom dry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; Atlantic ; AUTOGRAPH ; Ocean ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Rubber Pants ; SEA ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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