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PROVERB: UN-FIRM FOUNDATION

A HOUSE BUILT ON SAND WILL NOT STAND.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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THERE WERE TWO MORONS SITTING ON A BRIDGE. THE BIG MORON FELL
OFF, WHY DIDN'T THE LITTLE MORON FALL OFF?
BECAUSE HE WAS A LITTLE MORE ON.

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS AN OWL WITH A GOAT?
YOU GET A HOOTENANNY.

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT IS THE BLACK STUFF BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES?
SLOW NATIVES

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHY DO ELEPHANTS WEAR SPRINGS?
TO SCREW MONKEYS

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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HOW IS NASHVILLE LIKE ONE OF SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS?
"A MID-SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PUT A PIECE OF FRESHLY CUT POTATO ON A WART AND RUB IT, THEN
THROW IT AWAY AND DON'T WATCH WHERE IT GOES. AS THE POTATO
ROTS, THE WART WILL GO AWAY.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

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Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VANDERBILT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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THE NUMBER OF DOGS IN AUGUST WILL EQUAL THE NUMBER OF SNOWS THAT
WINTER.

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THE INFORMANT USED TO LIVE NEAR SOME COKE OVENS IN
VANDERBILT -- POPULATION 200. SHE SAID THAT ONCE SHE SAW
A MAN FALL INTO THE OVENS AND HE WAS BURIED ALIVE. ON
EACH NIGHT AFTERWARDS HE COULD BE SEEN WALKING THE AREA
OF THE OVENS, THEN AS SUDDENLY AS IT BEGAN IT STOPPED.
SHE NEVER SAW IT AGAIN.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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THE ANSWER IS CHICKEN YAMAGOOCHEE, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
WHO IS THE ONLY LIVING KAMIKAZE PILOT?

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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HORSE HAIR IN WATER TURNS TO SNAKES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY ; VANDERBILT ; RAND HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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THE DEVIL AND THE MISER

A RICH, GREEDY, OLD MISER AGREED TO SELL
HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL IF THE DEVIL WOULD
FILL HIS BOOT WITH GOLD. HE PUT A HOLE
IN THE FLOOR BY THE FIRE PLACE. SO THE
NEXT MORNING HIS WHOLE BASEMENT WAS FULL
OF GOLD. THE MAN DIED EARLY AND WENT
TO HELL.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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ON THE WITCHES' SABBATH EVERY ONE HUNDRED YEARS, THE
DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH FOR ONE NIGHT. SHE SAID THAT
IT DEPENDED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE STARS AND THE
FULL MOON FOR THE DAY TO BE DETERMINED, PREFERABLY ON
A SUNDAY. SHE REMEMBERED LEARNING ABOUT IT FROM HER
PARENTS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD---THEY CAME FROM A VERY
SUPERSTITIOUS PART OF ITALY.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ITALY ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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HOLD BOTH HANDS UP WITH TWO FINGERS UP FORMING V's. PUT ONE
HAND BEHIND YOUR HEAD AND THE OTHER A COUPLE OF FEET IN
FRONT OF YOU, THEN GIGGLE UP AND DOWN.
WHAT'S THIS?
IT'S AN INDIAN RIDING IN A V-8.

Submitter comment: A V-8 IS A TYPE OF AUTOMOBILE.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THE ANSWER IS WASHINGTON IRVING, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
WHAT'S THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES, SAUL?

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THERE ARE BATS UP IN KIRKLAND TOWER. WHEN THE REPAIRMEN WERE
DOING WORK ON THE TOWER LAST YEAR, THEY DISTURBED THEM. ONE
OF THE BATS HUNG FOR A DAY TO THE OUTSIDE OF A WINDOW UPSIDE
DOWN AND SCARED THE SECRETARY.

Where learned: VANDERBILT ARCHITECTURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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A CRICKET IN THE HOUSE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHY DO ELEPHANTS WEAR RED SHOES?
THEY'RE ALL ON THE SAME BASKETBALL TEAM.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN AROUND THREE TIMES AND
TURN YOUR HAT FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK, TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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IT IS VERY BAD LUCK TO SAY THE WORD "WATER" NEAR AN OIL WELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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