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PAPERCATS

IN MEXICO, IF YOU ARE DYING, YOU MAKE A 1000 PAPER CATS. IF YOU
MAKE A 1000, (THOUSAND) YOU WILL LIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): CAT ; THOUSAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT YOU MUST KEEP AFTER YOU GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE?
A: YOUR WORD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION (Q) ; CAUSAL ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-08-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ALWAYS BROKEN BEFORE IT IS USED?
A: AN EGG.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER VARIANT IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: TAKE OFF MY SKIN, I WONT CRY...BUT YOU WILL. WHAT AM I?
A: AN ONION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT STAYS HOT EVEN IF YOU PUT IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
A: PEPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU REMOVE IT, YOU DO NOT USE IT,
AND WHEN YOU REPLACE IT, YOU USE IT?
A: THE LID OF A JAPANESE BATH TUB.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE JAPANESE BATH TUB IS A WOODEN, DEEP TUB COVERED WITH A LID.
WHEN NOT IN USE, THE BATH IS COVERED WITH THE LID.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED THE ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: DRESSES THREE TIMES A DAY, BUT IS NUDE MOST OF THE TIME.
Q: KOMESTI PAIVASSA PAALLENSA PUKEE, ENIMMAT AJAT ALASTI SEISOO.
A: A TABLE - RUOKAPOYTA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS NOTHING BUT HOLES TIED TO HOLES, BUT IS STRONG AS STEEL?
A: A CHAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) METAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF COAT CAN BE PUT ON ONLY WHEN WET?
A: A COAT OF PAINT.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; CLOTHES (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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RIDDLE

Q: A TINY BIT OF STEEL THAT CAN HOLD BACK ALL.
A: A KEY

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG IT ON A WALL; BUT IF YOU TAKE IT DOWN, YOU CAN'T
HANG IT UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: SUDEGE ZSUOLAS BE ANGLIUZ, BE PELENUZ. (AN OAK BURNED UP WITHOUT
LEAVING COALS OR ASHES.)
A: TVAKE - A CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GETS WETTER AND WETTER AS IT DRIES?
A: A TOWEL.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEM (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GOES FAST BUT NOT FAR?
A: A DOLLAR BILL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT LIVES IN A FIRE?
A: A LIVE COAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT ONE THROWS AWAY AFTER CAREFULLY HOARDING IT?
A: GARBAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS FALLS AND NEVER GETS HURT?
A: RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT FALLS, BUT NEVER GETS HURT?
A: SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-09-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS HAS AN EYE OPEN, BUT NEVER SEES A THING?
A: A NEEDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GROWS LONGER THE MORE IT IS CUT?
A: A DITCH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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