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QUESTION. HOW DO YOU PUT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGON?
ANSWER. TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; SIZE HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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QUESTION: HOW DO YOU HIDE A ELEPHANT IN A CHERRY TREE? ANSWER:
PAINT HIS TOE NAILS RED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-23-1972

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QUESTION: WHAT'S GREEN AND DANGEROUS? ANSWER: A FROG WITH A
GRENADE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-23-1972

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HOW DO YOU FIT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGEN?
TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST IN SIZE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-01-971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS SMALLER THAN AN ANT S MOUTH?
A: HIS TEETH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): PROPORTION RELATIVITY SIZE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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ROLY-POLY

BIG AS A BARREL.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

THE BIG FOLKS GET THE PORK CHOPS AND THE LITTLE FOLKS GET THE GRAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): INJUSTICE ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-24-1968

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PROVERB

THE BIGGEST ONE HAS THE MOST POWER.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERB

THE BIGGER THEY ARE THE HARDER THEY FALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-20-1965

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PROVERB

THE BIGGEST TALKERS ARE THE LEAST DOERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB

BIG SURPRISES COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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MORAL PROVERB

BIG THINGS CAN JUST AS EASILY BE SEEN FROM FAR AWAY.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN: PRIEZ ADSIAI

James Callow comment: PRIEZ ADSIAI=PHRASE FOR MORAL PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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WHY DON'T POLLOCKS GO ELEPHANT HUNTING? BECAUSE IT'S
TOO HARD TO CARRY A DECOY!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): DUCK ; SIZE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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JOKE

"WHAT SUPERB GRAPEFRUIT!" EXCLAIMED A VISITOR TO TEXAS AS
HE PASSED A CITRUS GROVE. "OH, OUR LEMONS ARE A LITTLE
SMALL NOW," SAID THE TEXAN NONCHALANTLY. "WE'VE HAD A
BAD SEASON, YOU KNOW." A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD
THE VISITOR REMARKED ON THE SIZE AND COLOR OF SOME
FLOWERS. "JUST SOME LITTLE OL' WEEDS, " THE TEXAN SAID
MODESTLY. FINALLY THEY CAME TO THE RIO GRANDE. "HMM-M"
MURMURED THE VISITOR, "SOMEONE'S RADIATOR MUST BE
LEAKING!"

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 04-00-1990

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THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO TELL HOW LARGE A MAN'S PENIS IS.
IF A MAN HAS BIG FEET, BIG HANDS, A BIG NOSE, OR LARGE EARS,
HE IS SURE TO HAVE A LARGE PENIS. CONVERSELY, IF A MAN HAS
SMALL FEET, SMALL HANDS, A SMALL NOSE, OR SMALL EARS,
HE MUST HAVE A SMALL PENIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CORRESPONDENCE ; SIZE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00001985ca

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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PREDICTION OF DEATH

IF YOU SET OUT A CEDAR TREE, YOU WILL DIE WHEN IT GETS LARGE ENOUGH
TO SHADE YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

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RIDDLE

WHAT TWO WORDS HAVE THE MOST LETTERS IN THEM?
-- POST OFFICE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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Play on Words


There is a secret method of coming back from Vegas with a small fortune: Go with a large fortune.

Submitter comment:

He heard it from a friend.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): fortune ; GAMBLING ; HUMOR ; Large ; MONEY ; PUN ; SIZE ; Small ; Vegas

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Retort

You're so skinny, you can dodge raindrops.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Raindrops ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SIZE ; Skinny ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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