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WHEN A SLIP IS SHOWING, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE GIRL IS LOOKING FOR
A HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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RIDDLE

OVER THE GROUND,
UNDER YOUR NOSE
IT HAS AS MANY HEELS AS TOES. (A PAIR OF SHOES).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING (A) WEARING APPAREL (A)

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CHILDREN'S BELIEF

IF YOU WEAR YOUR SOCKS TO BED, YOUR FEET WILL NOT GROW.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SLEEPWEAR ATTIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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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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RIDDLE

Q: WHO ALWAYS GOES TO BED WITH HIS SHOES ON?
A: A HORSE

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; WEARABLE (Q) ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSESHOES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: IT IS NOT A SHIRT, YET IT IS SEWED;
IT IS NOT A TREE, YET IT IS FULL OF LEAVES;
IT IS NOT A PERSON, YET IT TALKS SENSIBLE.
A: A BOOK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: HARVEY GOLDMAN, 12YR. OLD CAMPER AT LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK (9)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-25-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A TIGHT BOOT LIKE AN OAK TREE?
A: BECAUSE THEY BOTH GIVE CORNS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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ARAB RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE SIZE OF AN ELEPHANT BUT YOU CAN FOLD IT TO THE SIZE
OF A HANDKERCHIEF?
A: A MOSQUITO NET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KETURI PONAICIUKAI ZENA KEPURE DEVI.(FOUR LORDS WEAR ONE HAT.)
A: A TABLE - STALAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FURNITURE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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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 IS BETWEEN YOUR HAT AND YOUR HEAD?
A: HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARTS OF THE BODY (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: TO WHAT MAN DOES EVERY ONE ALWAYS TAKE OFF HIS HAT?
A: THE BARBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: ILGAS - BEGALO, GILUS - BE DUNGE. - LONG - WITHOUT END, DEEP -
WITHOUT A BOTTOM.
A: ZIEDAS - A RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; STATES OF BEING (Q) ; WEARABLE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY DID THE ELEPHANT WEAR PINK TENNIS SHOES?
A: BECAUSE HIS GREEN ONES WERE IN THE WASH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; CLOTHES (A) ; LITERAL ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHO AM I?/ PERKY EARS AND WIGGLY NOSE,/
BUSHY TAIL AND PAINTED ( POINTED? ) TOES,/ BRIGHT BLACK EYES AND
FURRY DRESS,/ WHO AM I? YOU NEED NOT GUESS,/
IF YOU'LL LOOK, YOU'LL PLAINLY SEE
A: I M A SQUIRREL, UP IN A TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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COURTSHIP BELIEF

IF YOUR SLIP IS HANGING, YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOY FRIEND.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DIDN'T REMEMBER SOURCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

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COLLEGE JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

PANTY RAIDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
CAMPUS, BECAUSE THE CO-EDS DO NOT WEAR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMMODESTY ; SEXUAL SLUR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NO REST FOR THE WICKED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NO REST FOR THE WEARY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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GOOD LUCK CHARM

MY GRANDFATHER HAD A LITTLE HEART
MADE OUT OF CLOTH. IT WAS FILLED WITH A
WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF HERBS.
HE USED TO PIN THIS CLOTH HEART TO HIS UNDER-SHIRT
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SOUTH QUAD

Keyword(s): SCAPULAR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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WHEN A GIRL'S SLIP IS SHOWING THERE IS THE SAYING THAT THE GIRL IS
ADVERTISING FOR A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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