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WHAT'LL YOU DO
IF THE KETTLE BOILS OVER?
WHAT'LL YOU DO,
BUT FILL IT AGAIN?
WHAT'LL YOU DO
IF YOU MARRY A SOLDIER?
WHAT'LL YOU DO,
BUT MARRY AGAIN?

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH COLLECTOR RECEIVED THIS IN A LETTER WITH NO
COMMENT, HE THINKS IT CONTAINS A BIT OF SERIOUS COUNSEL
AGAINST MARRYING A SOLDIER.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.325

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE,
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.
FIRST, HE BLOWS IT GENTLY,
AND THEN HE BLOWS IT ROUGH.
JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE.
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.

Submitter comment: NO INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THIS WAS USUALLY RECITED.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): INCLUSION, SEXTET, CONTRAST ; INDIRECTION, CHARM, ADVICE ; METER: ROCHEE RHYME: ABCBAB ; ONOMATOPOEIA, REPETITION, REFRAIN ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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A WARRIOR USES A TOOTHPICK EVEN WHEN HE HAS NOT
EATEN (NO MEAL)

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): WAR FOOD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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TALK ABOUT A PERSON AND YOU WILL SEE HIS SHADOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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SPILT WATER CANNOT BE PUT BACK IN THE BASIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS FULL OF EYES BUT HAS ONLY ONE MOUTH?
A: A ZARU. - A SPECIAL TYPE OF BAMBOO BASKET WHICH IS LOOSELY WOVEN
TO ALLOW WATER TO PASS THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BREAD THAT IS BLACK AND HARD IS IT THAT YOU CAN T EAT?
A: FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE ABOVE IS A PLAY ON WORDS. THE JAPANESE HAVE TAKEN THE
ENGLISH, FRYING PAN, INTO THEIR LANGUAGE BUT PRONOUNCE
IT "FURAIPAN.".
PAN IS ALSO THE JAPANESE WORD FROM THE FRENCH FOR BREAD. IN THIS
RIDDLE THE FRYING PAN (FURAIPAN) IS USED AS BREAD PAN.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT VEHICLE CARRIES PEOPLE BUT DOESN T HAVE ANY WHEELS?
A: A MAN'S SHOULDERS.

Submitter comment: N.B. IN JAPAN FATHERS RIDE THEIR CHILDREN ON THEIR SHOULDERS SO
THAT THE TERM KATA GURUMA (SHOULDER CAR) WAS COINED.
INFORMANT LIVES IN ASHIYA, JAPAN, AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS
CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): PART OF THE BODY (A) ; PRIVATIONAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT ONE THROWS AWAY AFTER CAREFULLY HOARDING IT?
A: GARBAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GROWS BIG WHEN IT IS FED WOOD, GROWS SMALL WHEN
IT IS FED WATER?
A: FIRE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU REMOVE IT, YOU DO NOT USE IT,
AND WHEN YOU REPLACE IT, YOU USE IT?
A: THE LID OF A JAPANESE BATH TUB.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE JAPANESE BATH TUB IS A WOODEN, DEEP TUB COVERED WITH A LID.
WHEN NOT IN USE, THE BATH IS COVERED WITH THE LID.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED THE ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU TEAR OFF IT'S COVERINGS IT'S MADE BARE
AND YOU CAN CHEW IT?
A: CHEWING GUM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU SEE A PIN ON THE
GROUND AND PICK IT UP, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS UNSURE WHETHER THIS BELIEF IS TRUE.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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CHANGE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE, AND YOU'LL CHANGE
YOUR BOARDING HOUSE.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; THREAT?

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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IF YOU GET YOUR STOMACH WET WASHING DISHES, YOU'LL
MARRY A DRUNK.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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MILITARY NICKNAMES

"WOJO" IS ANOTHER NAME FOR "WARRENT OFFICER." AND, AN INSPECTOR
GENERAL IS ALSO CALLED "IGGY."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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MILITARY NICKNAME

A MAN NEWLY INDUCTED INTO THE ARMED FORCES IS ALWAYS CALLED "JOE."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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NICKNAME

A COMPANY COMMANDER'S NICKNAME IS "THE OLD MAN."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A NEWSPAPER

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A BLEEDING NUN

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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