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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS JUODAS NEDAZYTAS? - WHAT IS BLACK AND UNPAINTED?
A: VARNA. - A CROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q) AND COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS HAS A COVER OVER IT, EVEN WHEN IT IS OPEN OR CLOSED?
A: A BOOK.

Submitter comment: I HEARD IT FROM MY LITTLE BROTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: BE KO NIEKAS NEGALIBUTI? - WITHOUT WHAT CAN NO ONE BE"
A: BE VARDO - WITHOUT A NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT SOMETIMES APPEARS WHEN EVERYTHING DISAPPEARS?
A: A (SOLD OUT) NOTICE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND (HE) LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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EGG JOKE (SIC)

Q: WHAT IS HARD ON THE OUT SIDE, SOFT ON THE INSIDE, AND IMPOSSIBLE
TO GET INTO WITHOUT BREAKING IT ?
A: AN EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ACTION (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT IS HARD WHEN IT ENTERS A BATH,
BUT IMMEDIATELY BECOMES SOFT?
A: INSTANT JAPANESE NOODLES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND (HE) LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE?

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAUSES US NEITHER PAIN NOR SORROW YET MAKES US WEEP?
A: ONIONS.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN? UNKNOWN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT STAYS HOT EVEN IF YOU PUT IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
A: PEPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THERE IS A MAN IN A DESERT, LYING FACE DOWN DEAD. HE HAS A PACK
ON HIS BACK. HE IS ALONE. HE DIDN'T DIE OF HUNGER OR THIRST OR OF ANY
INFLICTIONS BY ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. HOW DID HE DIE?
A: THE PACK ON HIS BACK IS A PARACHUTE AND IT DIDN'T OPEN WHEN HE
JUMPED OUT OF A PLANE.

Submitter comment: YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSON (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, BLACK, WITH A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: RECORD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: DRESSES THREE TIMES A DAY, BUT IS NUDE MOST OF THE TIME.
Q: KOMESTI PAIVASSA PAALLENSA PUKEE, ENIMMAT AJAT ALASTI SEISOO.
A: A TABLE - RUOKAPOYTA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS NOTHING BUT HOLES TIED TO HOLES, BUT IS STRONG AS STEEL?
A: A CHAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) METAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: A STONE UPON STONE AND A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: CHIMNEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF COAT IS MADE WITHOUT BUTTONS AND PUT ON WET?
A: A COAT OF PAINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q) NOTIONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: LIBA DIENG, ZIBA NAKTIZ. IT SHINES BY DAY, IT SHINES BY NIGHT.
A: LANGAS - A WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT PUTS THE WHITE LINES ON THE OCEAN ?
A: AN OCEAN LINER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BREAD THAT IS BLACK AND HARD IS IT THAT YOU CAN T EAT?
A: FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE ABOVE IS A PLAY ON WORDS. THE JAPANESE HAVE TAKEN THE
ENGLISH, FRYING PAN, INTO THEIR LANGUAGE BUT PRONOUNCE
IT "FURAIPAN.".
PAN IS ALSO THE JAPANESE WORD FROM THE FRENCH FOR BREAD. IN THIS
RIDDLE THE FRYING PAN (FURAIPAN) IS USED AS BREAD PAN.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THE BEGINNING OF ETERNITY,/ THE END OF TIME AND SPACE,/
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY END/ AND THE END OF EVERY PLACE.
A: THE LETTER E.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS WAS A POPULAR RIDDLE CIRCULATED IN HER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHICH IS THE BEGINNING OF ETERNITY,
THE END OF TIME AND SPACE,
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY RACE,
AND AT THE END OF EVERY RACE?
A: THE LETTER E

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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RIDDLE IN VERSE

Q: I AM BLACK AND WHITE/ AND I'M VERY AMUSING/ I'M VERY INSTRUCTIVE/
BUT NEVER CONFUSING.
A: NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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