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RIDDLE QUESTION

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
HIDE BEHIND A TREE AND MAKE NOISES LIKE A CARROT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
WHO HEARD THE RIDDLE IN OCTOBER, 1963 FROM A FELLOW STUDENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; TALKING VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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POLISH PROVERB

PLECIE JAK NA MEKACH.
HE BLABBERS AS IN TORTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED IN REFERENCE TO WHO IS FIBBING OR MAKING UP STORIES TO
SATISFY THE SITUATION, AS ONE WOULD WHILE IN TORTURE. THE COLLECTOR
LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): SIMILE TALKING LYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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LITTLE COTTAGE IN THE WOOD

LITTLE OLD MAN BY THE WINDOW STOOD,
SAW A RABBIT HOPPING BY
KNOCKING AT HIS DOOR.

" HELP ME, HELP ME, SIR " , HE SAID.
" FORE THE HUNTER SHOOTS ME DEAD " .
" COME LITTLE RABBIT, COME WITH ME, ( COME INSIDE )
HAPPY WE WILL ALWAYS BE " .
( ALSO " SAFELY WE'LL ABIDE " )

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DEMONSTRATED GESTURES THAT WENT WITH THIS SONG:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SONG WITH GESTURES ; TALKING ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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THE CHICKENS

SAID THE FIRST LITTLE CHICKEN/WITH A QUEER LITTLE SQUIRM,
"I WISH I COULD FIND/ A FAT LITTLE WORM."

SAID THE NEXT LITTLE CHICKEN,/ WITH AN OLD LITTLE SHRUG:
"I WISH I COULD FIND,/ A FAT LITTLE BUG."

SAID A THIRD LITTLE CHICKEN,/ WITH A FAINT LITTLE MOAN:
"I WISH I COULD FIND/ A WEE GRAVEL STONE."

"NOW SEE HERE," SAID THE MOTHER,/ FROM THE GREEN GARDEN PATCH,
"IF YOU WANT ANY BREAKFAST,/ JUST COME HERE AND ASK."

Submitter comment: DEMONSTRATE ACTIONS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; QUATRAIN FOOD ; RHYME: ABCB ; TALKING ANIMALS

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

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THE BEAVER FAMILY

PAPA BEAVER WAS SAYING GRACE BEFORE SUPPER:
"GOD BLESS MAMA DAM, PAPA DAM, BROTHER DAM, SISTER DAM..."
BABY DAM INTERRUPTED HIM--
"GOD BLESS THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; DAMN ; HUMOR ; PRAYERS ; TALKING ANIMALS ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SHAGGY DOG TALE

ONCE THERE WAS THIS MAN WHO HAD A DOG THAT COULD TALK. HE TOOK THIS
DOG TO THE LOCAL TAVERN AND BEGAN TO BRAG ABOUT HIS TALKING DOG.
"I DON'T BELIEVE IT" SAID THE BARTENDER. "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
PROVE IT" SAID ONE OF THE CUSTOMERS. "ALL RIGHT" SAID THE MAN
TURNING TO HIS DOG, "WHO WAS THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER IN
HISTORY?" HE ASKED THE DOG. THE DOG REPLIED, "ROOF, ROOF."
UPON HEARING THIS THE PEOPLE IN THE BAR GOT PRETTY MAD AND
THREW THE MAN AND HIS DOG OUT ONTO THE STREET. CONFUSED,
THE DOG LOOKED UP TO HIS MASTER AND ASKED, "WAS IT WILLIE MAYS?"

Submitter comment: TOLD IN CAJUN DIALECT ON A JUSTIN WILSON RECORD

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 7 IN "WITCRACKS BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ
SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DOG ; HUMOR ; SURPRISE ENDING ; TALKING ANIMALS ; TAVERN

James Callow Keyword(s): BABE RUTH

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B203
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERB

WENN DER VOGEL FRISST, SINGT ER NICHT.
IF THE BIRD EATS, HE CANNOT SING. (TRANS).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER AND FATHER USED TO SAY
THIS TO THEIR CHILDREN TO ENCOURAGE SILENCE
AT THE DINNER TABLE AS WELL AS BETTER EATING.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSATION TABU ; FUNCTION ; TALKING TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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FORMULA SPEECH

IF TWO PEOPLE TALKING TO EACH OTHER SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME
TIME, THEN THE FIRST TO SAY "OWE ME A COKE, TOUCH BLACK, NO CHANGE
BACK" IS ENTITLED TO A COKE BOUGHT BY THE OTHER PERSON.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): TALKING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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Language

after a twenty minute argument with his cousin, Jim hollored this parting statement: "Make like a tree and leave!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave-Talking?

Better-Taunt?

Original BN [C730.329] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Leave ; Leave Talking ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TAUNT ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: --
SPEECH -- Formula

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SLEEP WALKING SUPERSTITION

IF YOU WALK OR TALK IN YOUR SLEEP, YOU ARE FORETELLING
SOMETHING OF THE FUTURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Fortune Telling ; FUTURE ; Portent ; Sleep-talking ; Sleepwalking ; Somnambulism ; Talking in your sleep

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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