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PUDDING PROOF

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS UTTERED BY BEA SHELLY, MY LANDLADY,
ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS

Data entry tech comment: BEA OBVIOUSLY HAS A FRAGMENTED MIND. (INSTRUCTORS COMMENT)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE EATING.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLISH JOKE

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU SEE AN ORANGE SEWER PLATE ON THE
STREET? A POLISH HOWARD JOHNSON'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): HOWARD JOHNSON'S RESTAURANTS HAVE ORANGE COLORED TILE ROOFS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR ROMANIAN GYPSY BRIDES TO HANG OUT A BLOODY
SHEET THE MORNING AFTER HER WEDDING NIGHT, TO PROVE THAT SHE HAD
KEPT HER CHASTITY UNTIL HER WEDDING NIGHT.
NON-VIRGINS WOULD TRADITIONALLY POUR CHICKEN BLOOD ON THE SHEETS
TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT THEY WERE VIRGINS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PROOF OF VIRGINITY ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Day after wedding

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The Cat

Joe called up Jim and said "How's my cat?" Jim told him, "He's dead." Joe said "You shouldn't have come out and said 'he's dead.' You should have said 'He's up on the roof' and then I'd call back later and you could say 'he fell off the roof and he's in the hospital.' Then a few days later you should say 'he's very sick in the hospital,' and then a few days after that you should say 'he passed away.' That way the shock wouldn't be so much for me."

Jim then said "I'm sorry. I'll do it like that next time." Joe said "OK. By the way, how's my mother?" Jim said "she's up on the roof."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [B620, F546] have been crossed out and B667 written nest to them. The number 2 is written on top of the number 7 in the new boggs number.

Keyword(s): CAT ; DIALOGUE ; Humorous ; JOKE ; MOTHER ; Roof ; Stupid

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Proverb

Like water off a duck's back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600, V200] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; BIRD ; DUCK ; Resilience ; WATER ; Waterproof

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Seeing is believing.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BELIEF ; Believe ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; See ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Seeing is believing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BELIEF ; Believe ; Believing ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; See ; Seeing ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Lepszy wrobel w garsci, niz go tab na dachu.

Better to have a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.

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Where learned: HOME ;

James Callow Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; ETHNIC ; Grateful ; Hand ; Maxim ; Pigeon ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Roof ; Sparrow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Seeing is believing.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Believe ; Believing ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; See ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

It's better to keep silent and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

You can't recall someone?

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Mouth ; Proof ; PROVERB ; SILENCE ; Stupid ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Actions speak louder than words.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): ACTIONS ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; EVIDENCE ; Loud ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; Speak ; VERSE ; Volume ; WORDS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Consume ; COOK ; COOKING ; Eat ; EATING ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Proof ; PROVERB ; Pudding ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

Is that a water proof shirt you have on?

No, Why?

That's a pisser of a tie you've got on.

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James Callow comment:

Taste?

Keyword(s): INSULT ; Language ; Pisser ; RETORT ; Shirt ; SLANG ; Tease ; Tie ; Waterproof

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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WITCH TEST

THE PERSON SUSPECTED OF BEING A WITCH IS TIED AND THROWN
INTO THE WATER. IF SHE ESCAPES, SHE IS A WITCH AND MUST BE
BURNED. IF SHE DROWNS THIS MEANS SHE WAS NOT A WITCH.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Burn ; Drown ; Proof ; TEST ; Trial ; Witch ; Witchcraft

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RAILROAD CROSSING

WHENEVER DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS EVERYONE IN THE CAR
SHOULD LIFT THEIR FEET OFF THE FLOOR, DRIVER INCLUDED, AND
TOUCH THE ROOF OF THE CAR WITH THEIR HANDS. THIS IS TO INSURE THE
OCCUPANTS OF A LONG LIFE AND TO WARD OFF THE COMING OF OLD AGE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DOES THIS OFTEN WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS IN A CAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; FEET ; Roof ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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