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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GETS BIGGER AS YOU TAKE MORE AWAY FROM IT?
A: A HOLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THE MORE YOU PUT INTO IT, THE SMALLER IT GETS. THE MORE YOU TAKE
AWAY FROM IT, THE BIGGER IT GETS. WHAT IS IT?
A: A HOLE IN THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: THEY HEAR EVERYTHING, BUT TELL IT TO NO ONE.
A: EARS.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DVIEM PUPOM VISAZ LAUKAZ APSEJA. - TWO SEEDS, SOW A WHOLE FIELD.
A: AKIMIS - WITH YOUR EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): IMAGINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: THOUGH THEY ARE EASILY CARRIED, THEY CAN NEVER BE COUNTED.
A: HAIR.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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SAYING (RIDDLE)

Q: NO MATTER HOW SMART YOU ARE, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS
OVERLOOK?
A: YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES ALL OVER THE HOUSE BUT NEVER TOUCHES ANYTHING?
A: YOUR VOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: I AM SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS INCREASES, THE MORE I AM SHARED WITH
OTHERS. WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM?
A: HAPPINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; PERSONS (Q) ; STATES OF BEING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DU DIEGA, DU VEJA. - TWO RUN, TWO FOLLOW.
A: RATAI - WHEELS ON A WAGON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; NUMBERS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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CLERGY RIDDLE

Q: TELL ME IF YOU CAN/ WHO IS THE HIGHLY FAVORED MAN/ THAT HAS
MARRIED MANY A WIFE/ BUT IS SINGLE ALL HIS LIFE.
A: A PRIEST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: THEY HAVE TONGUES, BUT THEY DO NOT TALK./ YOU TIE THEM UP WHEN
YOU GO FOR A WALK./ WHAT ARE THEY?
A: SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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OH SUZANNAH

CHORUS: OH, TRI SIGMA, OH HOW WE HONOR THEE,
FOR I'M JUST A LITTLE PLEDGE WITH
A PLEDGE PIN PINNED ON ME.

WITH SPIRIT AND WITH FORTITUDE
THESE SEVEN WEEKS WE TRY,
TO LEARN TO BE THE KIND OF GIRL
THAT RATES WITH SIGMA TRI.
CHORUS
AS PLEDGES WE WILL DO OUR BEST
TO TRY TO SATISFY.
IN HOPES THE BONDS OF SISTERHOOD
WILL HOLD US TILL WE DIE
CHORUS
SONG OF SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA
BETA TAU CHAPTER

Data entry tech comment: WILL WE HOLD US...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OLD SUSANNAH ; SORORITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS FIVE LETTERS BUT WHEN YOU TAKE TWO AWAY HAS ONE?
STONE

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): OPPOSITIONAL: CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE ; SPELLING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS ALWAYS UNDER SHELTER BUT ALWAYS WET?
THE TONGUE

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BODY PART ; OPPOSITIONAL: CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT JUMPS INTO THE WATER AND OUT AGAIN AND DOESN'T GET WET?
EGG IN A DUCK'S BELLY

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OPPOSITIONAL: CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT GETS BIGGER THE MORE YOU CONTRACT IT?
-- DEBTS.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE OPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Belief: Animal

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DISTANCE ; Journey ; Maxim ; Miles ; NUMBER ; PROVERB ; Single ; Step ; THOUSAND ; TRAVEL ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

I've been all over the USA

I've even been to China

But the darndest place I've ever been

Is Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; China ; Countries ; Nations ; poem ; RHYME ; Rock Hill ; Signature ; South Carolina ; STATE ; USA ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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BLOOD SAUSAGE

IN RURAL BULGARIA, AFTER A LOG HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE LARGE FIREPLACE
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS THE MAKING OF BLOOD SAUSAGE IS BEGUN. A
PIG IS SLAUGHTERED AND SAUSAGE IS MADE FROM ITS BLOOD NO LATER
THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY. THE SAUSAGE CANNOT
BE EATEN BEFORE MIDNIGHT, BUT AFTER THIS EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE
FEASTS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS CUSTOM IN BULGARIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HENDRICKSONS PHARMACY ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Bulgaria ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Pig ; Sausage ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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