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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DOES A LADY DO SITTING DOWN, A MAN STANDING UP, AND A DOG ON
THREE LEGS?
A: SHAKE HANDS

Data entry tech comment: 2 MORE EXAMPLES ARE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; PART OF THE BODY (A) HANDS ; PERSONS (Q) AND DOG.

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATE, IS ONE'S FIRST THOUGHT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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GOOD LIFE SAYING

HE WHO THINKS 'GOOD', LIVES GOOD.

Where learned: SENT BY LETTER

Keyword(s): THOUGHT AND CONDUCT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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KENTUCKY BEAR

THERE WAS A MOTHER AND FATHER IN KENTUCKY WHOSE THREE-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER CAME UP MISSING ONE DAY. SHE WAS SEARCHED FOR FOR FOUR DAYS
AND NOT FOUND. ON THE FOURTH DAY A MAN CAME TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER
PARENTS THAT HE WOULD SHOW THEM WHERE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS IF THEY
WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THEY FED HIM AND AFTERWARD HE LED THEM INTO
THE WOODS. THE GIRL WAS FOUND NEAR A LOG WHERE A BEAR WAS BRINGING
HER FOOD. THE GIRL SAID THAT THE BEAR HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER AND
FEEDING HER. NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER THE GIRL THOUGHT THE BEAR WAS A
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DAUGHTER ; MISTAKEN IDENITY (BEAR THOUGHT TO BE A DOG) ; TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE--STRANGER GIVEN MEAL FOR SHOWING PLACE OF LOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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Proverb

The early bird catches the worm

Submitter comment:

Informant doesn't remember where she first heard it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Keyword(s): BIRD ; Early ; Forethought ; Worm

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

The early bird catches the worm

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Repalced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): BIRD ; CATCH ; Early ; FOOD ; Forethought ; Worm

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Early Bird:

The early bird catches the worm

Submitter comment:

Heard this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Added the BN [V200] to the top right corner of the card

Keyword(s): BIRD ; CATCH ; Early ; FOOD ; Forethought ; Worm

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Forethought ; Nine ; NUMBER ; PREVENTION ; Stitch ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: OHIO ; BATAVIA

Keyword(s): Forethought ; METAPHOR ; Nine ; NUMBERS ; PREVENTION ; Stitch ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Play on Words

Nudist Colony:

There once was a girl who got kicked out of a nudist colony becasue she had something on her mind.

Submitter comment:

A joke widely circulated at Sacred Heart Seminary.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Girl ; HUMOR ; Mind ; Nude ; Nudist Colony ; PUN ; Thought

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

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Proverb

Think before you speak.

Submitter comment:

Don't say anything you will be sorry for later

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [C880.600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Forethought ; METAPHOR ; Nine ; NUMBERS ; PREVENTION ; Stitch ; TIME

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

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Proverb

Look before you leap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Leap ; Look ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Sight

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Look before you leap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Jump ; Leap ; Look ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

The early bird catches the worm.

Submitter comment:

Learned in Childhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; Early ; Forethought ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Worm

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Fools rush in, where wise men fear to tread.

Submitter comment:

From memory - traditional

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Discretion ; Fool ; Fools ; Forethought ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; PRUDENCE ; RUSH ; Tread ; VERSE ; WISDOM ; Wise

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Look before you leap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Jump ; Leap ; Look ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): ACTION ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DEATH ; Die ; Do ; Maxim ; Motto ; PROVERB ; Reason ; Thought ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; Nine ; NUMBER ; Planning ; PROVERB ; Stitch ; TIME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Nine ; NUMBER ; PROVERB ; Save ; Stitch ; THRIFT ; TIME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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