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NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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I LOVE COFFEE, I LOVE TEA
MOST OF ALL I LOVE VICTORY.
KEEP THE GARDEN GROWING
BY THE DAILY TASK OF HOEING.
TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT ARE LAZY
WHILE YOU IN THE FIELD GET HAZY
YOUR FOR VICTORY

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): WAR SLOGANS VICTORY GARDENS WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 07-11-1943

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOU HAVE A NOSE LIKE A B-32 (B-52?)

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): BOMBER PLANE USED DURING WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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CROSSING A KNIFE AND FORK IS BELIEVED UNLUCKY.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; Silverware

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Bad luck Eating utensils

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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BELIEF LUCK

IF YOU BEND BACKWARDS AND KISS THE BLARNEY STONE IN IRELAND YOU WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTORTION ; POSITION DIRECTION BACKWARDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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DON'T TURN YOUR HAT BIBB BACKWARD. THIS IS UNLUCKY.

Submitter comment: BIBB= BRIM.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION OR POSITION: BACKWARDS ; WEARING CLOTHES: HAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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Q: WHY ARE A COWARD AND A LEAKY FAUCET THE SAME?
A: THEY BOTH RUN.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THOUGHT TEASER

Q: IF YOU ARE IN A ONE ROOM HOUSE WHICH HAS ONE WINDOW ON EACH
WALL AND EACH WINDOW HAS A SOUTHERN EXPOSURE. AS YOU LOOK OUT ONE
OF THE WINDOWS AND SEE A BEAR OUTSIDE, WHAT COLOR IS THE BEAR?
A: IT IS WHITE! IT'S A POLAR BEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; HARD WARE (Q) ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN YOU BREAK WITH A WHISPER MORE EASILY THAN YOU CAN WITH A
HAMMER?
A: A SECRET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND ; HARDWARE AND COMMUNICATIONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS 88 KEYS AND CAN NOT OPEN A SINGLE LOCK?
A: A PIANO BOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS WHITE WHEN IT IS DIRTY AND BLACK WHEN IT IS CLEAN?
A: A BLACKBOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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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: A STONE UPON STONE AND A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: CHIMNEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: THE MAD MAN CRIES, THE WISE MAN PULLS. HULLU HUUTAA, VIISAS VETAA.
A: A CHURCH BELL. - KIRKONKELLO

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS IN ACTION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF COAT IS MADE WITHOUT BUTTONS AND PUT ON WET?
A: A COAT OF PAINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q) NOTIONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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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: WHAT NEVER ASKS QUESTIONS BUT DEMANDS MANY ANSWERS?
A: A DOORBELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND OTHER RELATED MATTER (Q) ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS MANY ANSWERS BUT ASKS NO QUESTIONS.
A: A DOORBELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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