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RIDDLE

ON WHICH SIDE OF A CHURCH DOES A CYPRESS TREE GROW?
-- THE OUTSIDE.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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RIDDLE

IF A ROOSTER LAID AN EGG ON TOP OF A ROOF, WHICH WAY WOULD
IT FALL?
-- ROOSTERS DON'T LAY EGGS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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RIDDLE

IF A ROOSTER LAID AN EGG ON THE TOP OF A ROOF, WHICH WAY
WOULD THE EGG ROLL?
-- NEITHER, ROOSTERS DON'T LAY EGGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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RIDDLE

IF A DIESEL WERE HEADING UP A HILL INTO A SEVENTY MILE AN
HOUR CROSS WIND WHICH WAY WOULD THE SMOKE GO?
-- NO DIRECTION BECAUSE DIESELS DON'T SMOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT NORTH EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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Entertainment: Gambling

In poker, a full house - aces and eights- is a Dead Man's Hand. Supposedly Wild Bill Hickok had this hand when he died.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out/ replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aces ; CARDS ; Dead Man's Hand ; DEATH ; Eights ; Entertainment ; Hero ; Legend ; NUMBERS ; Outlaw ; Poker, Gambling ; Wild West

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Entertainment: Gambling

Belief:

Aces and Eights - this is the Dead Man's Hand. Wild Bill Hickok was killed in a poler game with this hand.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] was written twice and crossed out each time/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Aces ; CARDS ; Dead Man's Hand ; DEATH ; Eights ; Entertainment ; Hero ; Legend ; NUMBERS ; Outlaw ; Poker, Gambling ; Wild West

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Belief: Animal

The Hoop Snake:

It is believed that a certain snake in the Southwest, the hoop snake, can travel by rgabbing its tail in its mouth and rolling like a hoop.

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Collector last name possibilities: Ston, Stan, Star, Stor, Stair, Stain, Stoin, Stoir.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Hoop ; REGIONAL ; Serpent ; Snake ; Southwest ; SUPERSTITION ; TRAVEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

If the wind is from the East, the fishing is the least;

But if the wind is from the West, the fishing is the best.

Submitter comment:

My mother heard this proverb from my father, who likes fishing.

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Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; Connor St ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Air ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISHING ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; WEATHER ; West ; Wind

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

The south wind brings wet weather,

The north wind wet and cold together,

The west wind always brings us rain,

The last wind blows it back again.

Submitter comment:

Verse without Music or Prediction Divination

Heard in School

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Dup. of WPP

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ;

Keyword(s): Compass ; DIRECTION ; North ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; South: east West ; Wind

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Verse

The Wind:

When the wind is in the East,

'Tis good for neither man nor feast;

When the wind is in the North,

The skillful fisher goes not forth;

When the wind is in the South,

It blows the bait in the fishes' mouth;

When the wind is in the West,

Then 'tis at its very best.

Submitter comment:

Discovered in a paper placement, printed in Rhode Island. Paper then discovered at Audio's Pizzaria in Detroit.

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Dup. of WPP

Where learned: Rhode Island

Keyword(s): Bait ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISH ; Fisherman ; FOOD ; Formula ; North ; Ocean ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; SEA ; Sky ; SONG ; South ; Sport ; VERSE ; WARNING ; West ; Wind

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.890

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Proverb

Agricultural Proverb:

When the sun sets in the West - the lazy man works his best.

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James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DIRECTION ; FARMING ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Set ; Sun ; SUNSET ; VERSE ; West ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Entertainment: Song

Rugby Party Song:

(Group Sings)

We are off to see the Wild West Show, the elephant and the kangaroo, big baboons and cheetahs, nothing could be neeter, we're off to see the Wild West Show.

(Persons balance a glass of beer on his head and gets floor)

"And in this cage we have the _______!"

(All)

"The _______! Incredible, Fantastic! No Shit! What the fuck is an _______?"

(Person removes glass of beer from his head and says)

"The ______ is a very strange animal. It _______."

(Chorus is repeated ehre and the song begins again.

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Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Crude ; DRINK ; Lewd ; Rugby ; SONG ; Sport ; Swear ; West ; Zoo

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
Filter - Mature Content

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Society

The author, Lee Hardin, argues the case that Greenwich Village in New York was the first of America's Bohemian communities, that the west coast bohemian villages were offspring of Greenwich Village.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; Folk Music Revival

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bohemian ; Greenwich Village ; NEW YORK ; Social Class ; Social Group ; West Coast

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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Legend

Legend of Davey Crockett:

The West was a rich source of tall tales of a man such as Davey Crockett, the country boy/indian fighter elected to Congress. In washington, he told tall tales about his Western days"...killed himself a bear when he was only three."

Tales such as these have become legends.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bear ; Congress ; Davey Crockett ; INDIAN ; Legend ; TALL TALE ; Wild West

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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