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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS A CRANK UP FRONT AND A BUNCH OF LITTLE
NUTS IN THE BACK?
A CLASSROOM

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, ECT.?
A NUN ROLLING DOWN A HILL.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Data entry tech comment: TO BE FOLLOWED BY THIS RIDDLE:

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHAIN SERIES ; COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS MANY EYES BUT CANNOT SEE?
A: A POTATOE.

Data entry tech comment: 4 DUPLICATES IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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BELIEF BIRTH

WEAR AN AFRICAN FERTILITY DOLL FOR NINE ENTIRE MONTHS AND IN THE
NEXT NINE YOU WILL HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN ; SOUTH AFRICA

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY OF NORWAY
WHO CASUALLY SAT IN A DOORWAY.
WHEN THE DOOR SQUEEZED HER FLAT
SHE EXCLAIMED, "WHAT OF THAT?"
THIS COURAGEOUS YOUNG LADY OF NORWAY.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): IMPUSSIBLE SPEECH ; RHYME: AABBA

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

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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APOTHEGM

HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER THAT THY DAYS MAY BE LONG UPON THE
LAND WHICH THE LORD THY GOD GIVEHT THEE.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

DO THE BEST YOU CAN TODAY AND TOMORROW YOU CAN DO BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD BY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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SMASHED

AS FLAT AS A PANCAKE

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): SHAPE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PRETTY BORING

DULL AS A HOE

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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SHREWD CHARACTER

DUMB LIKE A FOX

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PAR FOR THE COURSE

BE YOURSELF...IF YOU CANT DO ANY BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): OF ; PAR IS A GOLF TERM MEANING "AVERAGE" OR USUAL NUMBER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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ROLY-POLY

BIG AS A BARREL.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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NITWIT

HE HAS BATS IN HIS BELFREY.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR ; INSANITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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HE WAS ON THE FENCE IN THIS AFFAIR.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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PUT A SHARP OBJECT (KNIFE OR SCISSORS) UNDER YOUR BED TO CURE
ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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GREY HAIRS

"EVERY GREY HAIR REPRESENTS A SIN OF THE PERSON WHO HAS IT.
THIS IS PARTICULARLY INDICATIVE WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GREY HAIR.
PEOPLE WHO DYE THEIR HAIR SHOULD'NT BE TRUSTED.
THEY ARE PROBABLY DECEITFUL ABOUT OTHER THINGS."

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DECEIT ; SIN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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CROUP

IF A BABY HAS THE CROUP FRY SOME ONIONS AND PUT THEM IN YOUR
HUSBAND'S SOCK. THEN PIN IT AROUND THE BABY'S NECK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE PHONE(A WET BATTERY 30 PARTY UNIT
INSTALLATION) WHILE A CHILD AND LIVING ON THE FARM IN CENTRAL
ILLINOIS. AN OLD LADY WAS SUGGESTING IT TO HER DAUGHTER
FOR A GRANDCHILD.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): CHILD'S CROUP ; HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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A CHILD'S PRAYER SWEDISH

GUD SOM HATVER BARNEN KAR; SE TIL MIG SOM LITEN AR;
HVART JAG MIG I VERLDEN VANDER; STAR MIN LYCKA I GUD'S HANDER.

GOD THAT LOVES THE CHILDREN; WATCH O'ER ME THAT LITTLE IS;
WHERE EVER I TRAVEL IN THIS WORLD, RESTS MY FORTUNE IN
HIS HANDS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TELLING HER THIS PRAYER
ABOUT 75 YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS A SMALL CHILD.

Where learned: LETTER ; MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

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

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FEAR

FEAR WILL FILL WITH POISON THE GOLDEN CUP OF LIFE.

Submitter comment: HE IS VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LIFE.
WHEN I ASKED MY GRANDFATHER FOR A PROVERB, HE GAVE ME THIS ONE.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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