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THERE WAS A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED BRIGHT,
WHOSE SPEED WAS MUCH FASTER THAN LIGHT.
SHE SET OUT ONE DAY,
IN A RELATIVE WAY,
AND RETURNED ON THE PREVIOUS NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INDIRECTION LIMERICK ; METER: ANAPESTIC TETRAMETER ; QUATRAIN CONTRADICTIONS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; RIDICULE NONSENSE

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR,
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER
PUPIL AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; PARODY ; PARODY OF POEM: MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ; RHYME: AABB

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

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SELLING A CAR

DURING THE DEPRESSION, MY FATHER ONCE SOLD A FRIEND HIS CAR
FOR ONE DOLLAR. THE MAN WOULDNT TAKE IT FOR NOTHING, SO
HE GAVE HIM A DOLLAR.

Submitter comment:

NOT TOLD AS A JOKE BUT AS A STRAIGHT STORY.

Data entry tech comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Car ; CHARITY ; DEPRESSION ; Dollar ; Generosity ; KINDNESS ; MONEY ; PRIDE

James Callow Keyword(s): Generosity ; PRIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

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TRADITION

IRELAND - GOOD FRIDAY - CALLED BLACK FAST - FAST FROM
DAIRY PRODUCTS AND EGGS, BESIDES MEAT - COULD EAT FISH AND
POTATOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FASTING ON GOOD FRIDAY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TWICE IN A MOMENT,
ONCE IN A MINUTE,
BUT NOT AT ALL IN A THOUSAND YEARS? (THE LETTER M).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DIMINISHING CHAIN DIMINUTIVE CHAIN ; SPELLING RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

THIRTY WHITE HORSES ON A RED HILL. NOW THEY TRAMP, NOW THEY ROMP,
NOW THEY STAND STILL. ANS. TEETH AND GUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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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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NON ORAL RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THIS? .
A: A GHOST WITH A CINDER IN HIS EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; PERSONS (A) ; VISUAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VISUAL RIDDLE -- PERIOD OR DOT ON PAPER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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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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RIDDLE

Q: COTO JEST?/ MA WASIKI, PAZURY/ LOWI MYSZY I SCZURY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; VERSE RIDDLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Language: Games

Q: I STAND ALONE UPON A ROCK/ THE ANGRY WAVES I DAILY MOCK/
THE SHIPS THAT PASS ME IN (THE) NIGHT/ ARE SAFELY GUIDED BY MY LIGHT
A: A LIGHTHOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING ; GAME ; Guide ; Language ; LIGHT ; Lighthouse ; Night ; RHYME ; RIDDLE ; Rock ; Ship ; TRANSPORTATION ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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TRICKY TALK

Q: RAILROAD CROSSING, LOOK OUT FOR THE CARS.
CAN YOU SPELL THAT WITHOUT ANY R'S?
A: T-H-A-T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; VERSE RIDDLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle C890.400

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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SPANISH PROVERB

THE BURRO LOADED WITH GOLD HAS THE MOST SONOROUS BRAY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, DR. ESPINOSA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): PRIDE?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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BELIEF

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE RIBBON BREAKS, IS THE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UNWRAPPING GIFTS DURING BRIDAL SHOWER

Subject headings: 870
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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PROVERB

AN ERROR DOESN'T BECOME A MISTAKE UNTIL YOU REFUSE TO CORRECT IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PRIDE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER BE ASHAMED OF HONEST MARKS OF TOIL

Data entry tech comment: NO DATES OR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN ON ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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AN OLD ADAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL LEARNED WAS "BE A BRIDE THRICE AND YOU
WILL NEVER BE A BRIDE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; BRIDESMAID? ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT AND A GRAPE?
AN ELEPHANT IS GRAY AND A GRAPE IS PURPLE.
WHAT DID TARZAN SAY WHEN HE SAW THE ELEPHANTS COMING OVER THE HILL?
HERE COME THE ELEPHANTS OVER THE HILL.
WHAT DID JANE SAY WHEN SHE SWW THE ELEPHANTS COMING OVER THE HILL?
HERE COME THE GRAPES. SHE WAS COLOR-BLIND.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL ; DUNDEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHAIN OF RIDDLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHY DO DUCKS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FOREST FIRES.
WHY DO ELEPHANTS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FLAMING DUCKS.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL ; DUNDEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHAIN OF RIDDLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FOLK CURE

TO BRING SOMEONE OUT OF A FAINT, BURN A FEATHER.

Submitter comment: FROM HER MOTHER, MRS. METZEN, OF ENGLISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ACRID ODORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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