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HERE LIES THE BODY OF SOLOMON PEASE.
UNDER THE DAISIES, UNDER THE TREES.
BUT PEASE ISN'T HERE, ONLY THE POD.
PEASE SHELLED OUT AND WENT HOME TO GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH PUN ; EPITAPH RHYME: COUPLETS ; VEGETABLES: PEAS METAPHOR SLANG

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS ONE LEG AND HIS HEART IN HIS HEAD?
A: A STUFFED CABBAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PART OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS EARS AND CANNOT HEAR?
A: AN EAR OF CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS ONE HUNDRED EYES BUT NEVER A NOSE?
A: A POTATO

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS MANY EYES BUT CANNOT SEE?
A: A POTATOE.

Data entry tech comment: 4 DUPLICATES IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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SUPERSTITION

PLANT TOMATOES, CUKES ETC. WHEN THE ALMANAC SAYS THE MOON IS
RIGHT OR YOU WILL HAVE BLOOMS-DAY. 'ALL BLOOMS AND NO
FRUIT.'

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION WAS LEARNED IN CLARKSVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.
IT IS NOW IRRELEVANT TO THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; CLARKSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CUKES=CUCUMBERS VEGETABLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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CORN BELIEF

A BELGIAN FRIEND, RENE CODDERS, TOLD MY HUSBAND
CORN IS FOR THE ANIMALS NOT THE PEOPLE.

Submitter comment:

A BELGIAN FRIEND, RENE CODDENS, TOLD MY HUSBAND THIS, AND
HE WILL NOT EAT CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION'S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION'S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): PREDICTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVRBIAL PHRASE

OUT OF LETTUCE (DOUGH)

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD INDICATES THE INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED BY LETTER

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR MONEY ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS ORANGE AND WRITES?
A BALL POINT CARROT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; PLANT VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-26-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
HIDE BEHIND A TREE AND MAKE NOISES LIKE A CARROT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
WHO HEARD THE RIDDLE IN OCTOBER, 1963 FROM A FELLOW STUDENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; TALKING VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHAT IS THE SMALLEST ROOM IN THE WORLD?
MUSHROOM

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS TWO EYES BUT CAN'T SEE AND SKIN BUT CAN'T FEEL?
A POTATO

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS MANY YEARS AGO AT HOME

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): OPPOSITIONAL: PRIVATIONAL CONTRADICTIVE ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS THE SMALLEST ROOM IN THE WORLD?
A MUSHROOM

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-15-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT DID THE SALAD SAY TO THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR?
CLOSE THE DOOR I'M DRESSING.

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PUN ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-17-1965

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RIDDLE

WHY SHOULDN'T YOU TELL A SECRET IN THE GARDEN?
BECAUSE THE CORN HAS EARS

Where learned: SHOPPING

Keyword(s): PUN ON ONE OF THE PARTS OF THE BODY ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE QUESTION

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
YOU HIDE IN THE BUSHES AND MAKE A NOISE LIKE A CARROT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS ORANGE AND GOES CLICK-CLICK?
A BALL POINT CARROT

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM MY BROTHER, GARY GUNDLACH

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
HIDE IN THE GRASS AND MAKE A NOISE LIKE A CARROT

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM MY BROTHER, GARY GUNDLACH

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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BEANS

HE DOESN'T KNOW BEANS WHEN THE BAG IS OPEN.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IGNORANCE ; METAPHOR VEGETABLE RECOGNITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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