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DEAD MAN SITS UP

THERE WAS A MAN THAT DIED IN A CHAIR SITTING UP AND WHEN
THEY PUT HIM IN THE CASKET, THEY HAD TO TIE HIM DOWN TO MAKE HIM LIE
FLAT. WHEN THEY WERE HAVING A WAKE FOR HIM AND WERE DRINKING OUT
OF A JUG, THE MAN SAT UP IN THE COFFIN.
EVERYONE ELSE TOOK OFF FOR PARTS UNKNOWN SO THAT THE DEAD MAN WAS
ALONE.

Submitter comment: MR. YOUNT BELIEVED THIS TO BE TRUE AS EVERYONE ELSE KNEW
THE MAN AND ALSO BELIEVED IT.
HAPPENED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POST-MORTEM REFLEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH WATCH OR WAKE ; RIGOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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Proverb

watch pot never boils.

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James Callow comment:

A?? watch ed??  pot never boils

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced with current classifications.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Boil ; METAPHOR ; PATIENCE ; Pot ; View ; Watch ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched pot never boils.

Submitter comment:

The informant learned this when she was a young girl in Chicago about 1910. She said it to me as I was looking out the window waiting for someone to come.

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James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: PORT LAMBTON

Keyword(s): Boil ; PATIENCE ; Pot ; Watch ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched pot never boils.

Submitter comment:

Learned from her mother

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James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Keyword(s): Boil ; PATIENCE ; Pot ; Watch ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched pot never boils

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): BOILS ; PATIENCE ; Pot ; Watch ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched kettle never boils.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Boil ; Impatient ; Kettle ; Maxim ; PATIENCE ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wait ; Watch

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched pot never boils.

Submitter comment:

If you stand and watch something, it seems to take twice as long.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICIPATION ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Boil ; Kettle ; Maxim ; Pot ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Watch ; Watched ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A watched kettle never boils.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Boil ; Kettle ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Watch

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

Mary had a little watch

She swallowed it one day

She took a dose of castor oil

Just to pass the time away.

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Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CASTOR OIL ; EUPHEMISM ; Mary ; parody of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Tune ; VERSE ; Watch

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

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