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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 QUESTION

WHAT WORD STARTS WITH F AND ENDS IN U-C-K?
FIRETRUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OBSCENE IMPLICATION ; PRETENDED OBSCENE ; SPELLING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 00-00-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT DOES A COW HAVE FOUR OF THAT A WOMAN HAS TWO OF?
LEGS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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ARABIAN SAYING

HE IS LIKE A RICE PADDY, UNDER THE MUD IS WATER.

Submitter comment: COMPARING A PERSON WITH A FALSE FACADE TO A RICE PADDY, WHICH HAS A
COVERING OF MUD AND SILT OVER THE WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DISSEMBLER HYPOCRITE DECEIVER PRETENDER IMPOSTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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I WISH

I WISH YOU JOY, I WISH YOU MIGHTY
I WISH HIS PAJAMAS CLOSE TO YOUR NIGHTIE
NOW DON'T GET MAD, DON'T GET RED
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE AND NOT IN BED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): CLOTHES ; HUMOR ; PRETENDED OBSCENE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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RIDDLE

THERE IS A TEACHER AT THE LAWRENCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
WHO ASKS THE QUESTION: WHAT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD FOR INTERCOURSE
THAT ENDS IN K? THE ANSWER IS TALK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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MY FIRST EXPERIENCE

THE SKY WAS DARK, THE MOON WAS HIGH,
WE WERE ALONE, JUST HER AND I.
HER HAIR WAS SO SOFT, HER EYES SKY BLUE,
I KNEW JUST WHAT I HAD TO DO.
I DIDN'T KNOW HOW, BUT I DID MY BEST.
I RAN MY FINGERS DOWN HER SPINE
I PUT MY HAND AGAINST HER BREAST.
I'LL NEVER FORGET MY BEATING HEART,
AS SHE SLOWLY SPREAD HER LEGS APART.
NOW ITS ( IT'S ) DONE--ITS ( IT'S ) OVER NOW
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE MILKING A COW.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANTICLIMAX ; HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; SURPRISE ENDING

James Callow Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.660

Date learned: 09-30-1970

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TERMITE

A TERMITE WENT INTO A BAR AND ASKED, "IS THE
BAR TENDER HERE?"

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): BARTENDER PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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LIMERICK

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL FROM MADRAS
WHO HAD A MAGNIFICENT ASS.
IT WASN'T PRETTY AND PINK
AS YOU PROBABLY THINK
BUT WAS BROWN, HAD LONG EARS AND ATE GRASS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN 7TH GRADE AT HELEN
KELLER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): DONKEY ; PRETENDED OBSCENE LIMERICK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Mock Wedding

It is a tradition in Marcie's Polish family to have a
mock wedding, the day after an actual wedding ceremony
takes place in the family. All the guests assume positions
in the wedding, and act out another wedding and reception.
They sometimes dress in strange outfits, and invent humorous
themes for the various positions in the wedding party.
Examples: a jilted lover, bride dresses like a whore, the
groom is too drunk to stand up straight, etc.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): pretend

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Favorites
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001970S

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Mock Wedding

There is an annual "Mock Wedding" party among the
lifeguards at Windmill Pointe Park. The name of each guard
is written on a piece of paper, and put into a pot. There is
a list of all the participants in the wedding, such as: the
bride, groom, wedding party, photographer, parents of bride
and groom, drinking buddies, flower girl and ring bearer,
choir, jilted lovers, priest, etc.
One by one the names are drawn, and written on the list of
titles, respectively (according to male & female).
The different groups of people in the wedding can come up
with themes for their members. Example: One year the bride
and her maids & buddies, all wore black. One year they
dressed like hippies.
The day of the "wedding" the ceremony takes place. As the
choir sings its creative songs, others play their part.
After the ceremony, a "good time" is had by all at the
reception.

Submitter comment: Our mock wedding took place in the old bathhouse at the
park. It has been converted into a hall for real parties
as well.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): tradition, pretend

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 06-00-1987

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COLD HANDS, WARM HEART

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): AFFECTION ; ALLITERATION FOR CONTRAST ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; LOVE ; METONYMY ; TENDERNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001950S

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The Nun in the Bar

A guy picked up a nun in the street and invited her into a bar to have a drink with him. "I really shouldn't," said the nun. But the man finally convinced her. when they got into the bar she told him she'd have a double martini, but to bring it in a coffee cup so that other people wouldn't knwo she was drinking. "Hey bartender," the man yelled out. "Give me a double martini in a coffee cup!" "oh," replied the bartender, "That nun's back again."

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BAR ; Bartender ; Bartender Jokes ; Comic dialogue ; DIALOGUE ; DRINKING HUMOR ; HUMOR ; JOKES ; Pub ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Jokes

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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Proverb

An open foe may prove a curse but a pretended friend is worse.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates adn Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CURSE ; ENEMY ; Fake ; Foe ; Friend ; HYPOCRISY ; pretend

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

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WHILE PREGNANT, THE RESPONDENT ATTENDED A MAN WHO HAD
BEEN STABBED. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, THE CHILD HAD
BLOOD COLORED SPOTS ON HER CHEST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; BLOOD ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches ; Stabbed ; Tend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-23-1973

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