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BASEBALL TALES

OLD BASEBALL PLAYERS NEVER TELL TALES BUT ONLY LIES

Where learned: NBC TELEVISION

James Callow Keyword(s): DISTORTION ; EXAGGERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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YOU MAY GROW UP TO BE A MULE. . .

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SWING ON A STAR, CARRY MOONBEAMS HOME IN A JAR AND
BE BETTER OFF THAN YOU ARE OR WOULD YOU RATHER BE A MULE. A MULE IS
AN ANIMAL WITH LONG FUNNY EARS, HE KICKS UP AT ANYTHING HE HEARS.
HIS BACK IS BRAWNY AND HIS BRAIN IS WEAK. HE'S JUST PLAIN STUPID
WITH A STUBBORN STREAK SO IF YOU DON'T GO TO SCHOOL, YOU MAY
GROW UP TO BE A MULE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN SCHOOL BUT I ALSO USED TO HEAR IT EVERY WEEK
ON THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB.

Where learned: WALT DISNEY PRODUCTION ; Television

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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DRIER THAN A DISSERTATION ON DESERTS

Submitter comment: HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF REPETITION OF THE LETTER D,
AND A COMMON STYLE OF MR. ELLIOT.
MR. ELLIOT WAS COMPARING THIS IMPOSSIBILITY WITH THE LACK OF RAIN IN
AN AREA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND LOVE?
LIFE IS ONE FOOLISH THING AFTER ANOTHER; LOVE IS TWO FOOLISH
THINGS AFTER EACH OTHER.

Where learned: Television ; TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

Keyword(s): LOVE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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THREATENING METAPHOR

I'LL GET ON YOU LIKE STINK OFF A SKUNK.

Where learned: TELEVISION SERIES ; GUNSMOKE

Keyword(s): THREAT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ODOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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SAYING

LIKE TRYING TO FIND FEATHERS ON AN AARDVARK.

Submitter comment: MR. ELLIOT WAS COMPARING THE IMPOSSIBILTY OF NICE WEATHER TO THE
IMPOSSIBILITY OF FINDING FEATHERS ON AN AARDVARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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SAYING

AS WELCOME AS A CASTOR OIL MARTINI.

Submitter comment: MR. ELLIOT WAS COMMENTING ABOUT THE COLD, WET WEATHER THE DETROIT
WAS HAVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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SAYING

COLD ENOUGH TO PUT PRESTONE IN YOUR POLAR BEAR.

Submitter comment: HERE AGAIN IS AN EXAMPLE ON MR. ELLIOT'S STYLE, A COMBINATION OF
WIT AND ALLITERATION.
USE OF PLOSIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-0019

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SAYING

AS MUCH FUN AS AN INGROWN TOENAIL.

Submitter comment: MR. ELLIOT WAS COMMENTING ON THE NASTY WEATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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SAYING

COLDER THAN A MINER'S CAP IN THE WINTER.

Submitter comment: MR. ELLIOT WAS USING A SIMILE TO COMPARE THE COLD WEATHER TO THE
MINER'S STEEL HAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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SAYING

MARRIAGE IS LIKE A HARP--NICE MUSIC BUT MANY STRINGS ATTACHED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ONE OF MR. ELLIOT'S OPENING STATEMENTS. IT ALMOST HIS OWN
NALGROUP OF PROVERBS THAT HE HAS TO OPEN EACH SESSION OF.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCH CARD WAS BACKWARDS. IN ANY POSITION IT MAKES NO SENSE.
WEATHER REPORTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; ON TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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Superstition: Baseball

Never mention a shutout or a perspective no-hitter to a pitcher or anyone in a Major-League dugout during the feat or it will be lost to fate.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original BN [P880] is crossed out and replaced with P536.

The words Bad Luck are also crossed out from the top left-hand corner of the card.

Where learned: NBC TELEVISION ; RADIO PROGRAM

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Joke

Elephant Joke

Question: What do you get when you cross an elephant with a jar of peanut butter?

Answer: An elephant that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Television ; I Dream Of Jeannie

Keyword(s): ELEPHANT ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Language ; Mouth ; Peanut Butter

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- W700

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