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MARBLE WALLS - RIDDLE

Q: IN MARBLE WALLS AS WHITE AS MILK,/ LINED WITH A SKIN AS SOFT AS
SILK,/ WITHIN A FOUNTAIN CRYSTAL CLEAR/ A GOLDEN APPLE DOTH APPEAR./
NO DOORS THERE ARE TO THIS STRONGHOLD,/ YET THIEVES BREAK IN AND
STEAL THE GOLD.
A: AN EGG.

Submitter comment: I FOUND THIS IN AN OLD MOTHER GOOSE COLORING BOOK WHICH WAS IN THE
ATTIC. THE COVER AND SOME PAGES WERE MISSING. IT IS AT LEAST TEN
YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; MONETARY (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; SYNTAX

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS AN APPLE, THIN AS A KNIFE;/ ANSWER THIS RIDDLE AND I'LL
BE YOUR WIFE.
A: A DIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM FRIEND IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): EATABLE (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSON (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.545
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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PROVERB

AS UNPLANNED AS A HICCUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; INVOLUNTARY ; SPONTANEOUS REACTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

BREAK THE ICE.

James Callow comment: ACTUALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS--CLIMATE--ALTHOUGH
I REALIZE YOU WANT LITERAL IDENTIFICATIONS--F.M. PAULSEN

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSATION STARTER? ; IDENTIFYING?

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERB

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE THEY JUST SLOWLY FADE AWAY

Submitter comment: HEARD IT ON TV ABOUT MCARTHUR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISILLUSIONMENT ; MILITARY ; REFERRING TO GENERAL DOUGLAS MAC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ONE ENLISTED MAN WORTH TEN PRESSED
THIS IS AN OLD PROVERB AMONG MILITARY MEN.
THAT DRAFTED MEN ARE WORTH ONLY ONE ENLISTED MAN AS SOLDIERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; QUALITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 First / Once / One / Newness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ON THE BEAM

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD INDICATES THAT THE INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED IN
A LETTER.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): ON TARGET OR THE RIGHT TRACK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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PROVERB IN VERSE

OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY
OURS IS BUT TO DO OR DIE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; OBEDIENCE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SEWING

MRS. RANKIN WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER THAT IT IS A SIN TO SEW ON SUNDAY.
SHE, IN TURN, HAS PASSED IT DOWN TO HER CHILDREN AND HER CHILDREN
HAVE PASSED IT DOWN TO THEIRS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): SABBATARIANISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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CUSTOMS

CIGARS: IF YOU ARE EITHER NEWLY PROMOTED OR A NEW FATHER, YOU
DISTRIBUTE CIGARS TO ALL OFFICERS.

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION, NEW FATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number

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WETTING DOWN YOUR COMMISSION

WHENEVER YOU ARE PROMOTED, YOU ARE OBLIGED TO HOLD A
"WETTING_DOWN PARTY".

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-19-1965

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MARINE SHOWER

AFTER A SHOWER, DRY YOURSELF WITH THE WASHCLOTH FIRST BEFORE THE
TOWEL. THIS KEEPS YOUR TOWEL DRIER LONGER. THIS WAS PROBABLY
STARTED WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE SO OFTEN THEY WOULDN'T HAVE
TO PACK A WET TOWEL.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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BACKWARDNESS

A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS WERE IN THE NAVY. AFTER COMING HOME, WHEN
THEY SEE EACH OTHER ON THE STREET, THEY BOTH TURN AROUND AND WALK
BY EACH OTHER BACK TO BACK. THEY DO THIS TO SHOW THEIR MUTUAL
FEELING THAT EVERYTHING IS DONE BACKWARDS IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA, ASSUMED ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1967

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AFTER GRADUATION AT WEST POINT, THE NEW LIEUTENANTS RETURN TO
THEIR ROOMS AND THROW THEIR CADET UNIFORMS OUT THE WINDOWS TO THE
CHILDREN WHO HAVE GATHERED FOR THE CEREMONY. THE GRADUATES HAVE
NO FURTHER USE FOR THE CLOTHES THEY WORE WHILE THEY WERE CADETS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS HAPPEN AFTER THE GRADUATION OF JUNE 1961.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): GRADUATION MILITARY CADETS ; MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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MILITARY BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A SOLDIER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO SHOW
THE WORLD HOW RUGGED HE IS AND NEEDS NO PROTECTION. HE ALSO SAID
THAT HIS OFFICER HAD TOLD HIM NEVER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA WHILE IN
UNIFORM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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COAST GUARD ACADEMY

HIGH ABOVE LONG ISLAND'S WATERS
THERE'S AN OLD JUNK YARD,
SOME SAY IT'S A NAVY DRY DOCK,
WE CALL IT COAST GUARD.

Submitter comment: A SONG I LEARNED IN COLLEGE
TUNE: "HIGH ABOVE CAYUGA WATERS"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
MAJOR
MAJOR WHO?
MAJOR COME DOWNSTAIRS, DIDN'T I?

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): MILITARY TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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EAT A LOT OF STARCH, FOR A WOMAN TO HARDEN HER WOMB.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CHILDBEARING ; FOOD ; Homeopathy ; MAGIC ; REMEDY ; STARCH ; Womb

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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HAWAIIAN FOOD

THE HAWAIIANS EAT FOR THEIR STARCH - TORO ROOT POUNDED
AND MIXED WITH WATER FOR A FASTE. THEY EAT IT WITH THEIR FINGERS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): STARCH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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IN THE SERVICE, THE FIRST TIME YOU CROSS THE EQUATOR YOU MUST
RUN THE GAUNTLET AND EVERYONE BEATS ON YOU. YOU MUST DO THIS NO
MATTER WHAT YOUR RANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST TIME ; MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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