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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

DUMB AS A DOORKNOB

Submitter comment: USED WHEN POINTING OUT HOW IGNORANT A PERSON OR ANIMAL IS IN A
GIVEN SITUATION. INFORMANT USES THIS SOMETIMES WHEN HE WAS ANGRY.
HE HAS HEARD IT USED BY MANY OTHERS AT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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PROVERB

DUMBER THAN A BOX OF ROCKS.
IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN ORDER TO INDICATE THAT SOMEONE ISNT VERY
BRIGHT, WE SAY THAT HE IS : DUMBER THAN A BOX OF ROCKS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

DUMBER THAN YOU LOOK

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SILENCE

BETTER TO REMAIN SILENT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL, THAN TO SPEAK OUT
AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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PROVERB

THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; STUPIDITY?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU. MM
BUT WHEN ROSES ARE WILTED
AND VIOLETS ARE DEAD
SUGAR IS LUMPY
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COMPLIMENT ; CONTRAST ; FLOWERS ; HUMOR ; INSULT ; METER: IAMBS ; METER: TROCHEES ; QUATRAINS ; SARCASM ; STUPIDITY ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DRINKING JOKE

ALL OF US WERE AT THE BAR. I KNOW THERE WERE FIVE OF US DRINKING.
LET'S SEE: THE TWO MC CARTHYS WERE ONE, YOU WERE TWO, I WAS THREE,
O'BRIEN WAS FOUR, I KNOW THERE WERE FIVE DRINKS IN EVERY ROUND SO
WHO WAS THE FIFTH GUY? LET'S GO OVER IT AGAIN. THE TWO MC CARTHYS
WERE ONE, YOU WERE TWO, I WAS THREE, O'BRIEN WAS FOUR, I KNOW
THERE WERE FIVE DRINKS IN EVERY ROUND SO WHO WAS THE FIFTH GUY?
LET'S GO OVER IT AGAIN...........

Where learned: FLORIDA ; KEY BISCAYNE

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY: COUNTING TWO AS ONE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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ETHNIC JOKE

ONE DAY PAT WAS TELLING A FRIEND THAT HE SAW THE BANSHEE DANCING IN
THE MOONLIGHT IN IRELAND. HIS FRIEND WOULD NOT BELIEVE HIM. PAT
SAID, "I'LL GET MIKE TO PROVE IT, HE WAS THERE." PAT SAID, "MIKE,
DIDN'T WE SEE THE BANSHEE DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT AND WASN'T THERE
AT LEAST FIFTEEN HUNDRED OF THEM?" MIKE SAID, "WE CERTAINLY DID,
BUT WHY DID YOU SAY ONLY FIFTEEN HUNDRED, THERE WAS AT LEAST A
THOUSAND."

Where learned: FLORIDA ; KEY BISCAYNE

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY: INABILITY TO COUNT

Subject headings: Favorites
IRIS

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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IT'S LIKE HE WAS SLAPPED BY THE HAND OF GOD.

Submitter comment: FOR A DUMB LOOKING PERSON, THE FLEMISH SAY: {PROVERB}
TOLD BY MOTHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

THERE'S A FOOL BORN EVERY MINUTE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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INDIAN EXPRESSION

WALKING WITH A TUMBLER HALF FULL OF WATER

Submitter comment: THE MAN WHO KNOWS NOTHING OR LITTLE ABOUT A SUBJECT
IS DESCRIBED AS....
THIS IS BECAUSE A PERSON WHO IS KNOWLEDGABLE ON A
SUBJECT (ONE WITH A FULL TUMBLER) WILL BE CAREFUL AND WILL
SPILL NONE. THE NOT-SO-LEARNED WILL TALK OF ALL HE KNOWS
THOUGH IT IS LITTLE, JUST AS THE PERSON WITH THE HALF-FULL
GLASS IS CARELESS AND SPILLS SOME HERE AND THERE

Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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Ethnic Joke: The Height of Ingratitude

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A poor decrepit Irishman, with a large family, was out of work and broke. He needed $50 very badly. He applied to his priest who advised him to search for work and pray, and he would find it. A week went by without results so the Irishman decided to appeal to the Lord directly. He wrote a stirring tearful letter asking for $50. he addresses the letter to the Lord God in care of Heaven, and mailed it, but did not put a stamp on it.

The postman, thinking it was only a child's letter, opened it and after reading same [sic] was deeply touched by the appeal. That night he took the letter with him to the Masonic Lodge meeting and brought it to the attention of the lodge in session. They promptly voted him $25, and they sent it to the Irishman.

A few days later the postman found another letter similar to the one addressed without a stamp. He opened it and read: Dear God, Thanks for the money, but please - next time send it by way of the Knights of Columbus because the goddamned Masons stole half of it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word IRISH is written in the top left corner of the submission.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARITY ; GIFT MONEY ; HUMOR ; INGRATITUDE ; Irish ; IRISHMEN ; Knights of Columbus ; Masons ; MONEY ; POVERTY ; Stereotype ; STUPIDITY

James Callow Keyword(s): Irish

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Ethnic: Newfoundland

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Newfy:

A newfoundler was travelling on an airplane. While in flight one of the plane's four engines konked out. The pilot addressed himself to the passengers advising them not to worry because there were still three good engines.

A second engine konked out. The pilot again told the passengers not to worry because two engines would safely get the plane to the air-port. The third engine konked out. The pilot again told the passengers not to worry because they were nearing the airport and still had one good engine.

The fourth engine konked out. The Newfoundler lamented: "Damn, now we'll be in this airplane all day."

Submitter comment:

Informant found the joke amusing.

Informant found this quite amusing.

Data entry tech comment:

BN and Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Airplane ; ETHNIC ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Newfoundland ; Offensive ; Pilot ; STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
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