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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU FIT SIX ELEPHANTS IN A V.W.?
PUT THREE IN THE BACK, TWO IN THE FRONT, AND ONE IN THE GLOVE BOX.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SCHOOL FRIENDS

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

WHY DO ELEPHANTS HAVE WRINKLED KNEES?
FROM PLAYING MARBLES

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF AN ELEPHANT IS IN YOUR BATHTUB?
YOU CAN SMELL HIS PEANUT BUTTER BREATH.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU GET AN ELEPHANT OUT OF A JELLO PACKAGE?
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS O THE BACK

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DOES AN ELEPHANT DIVE INTO A SWIMMING POOL?
HEAD FIRST

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS ORANGE AND GOES CLICK-CLICK?
A BALL POINT CARROT

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM MY BROTHER, GARY GUNDLACH

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
HIDE IN THE GRASS AND MAKE A NOISE LIKE A CARROT

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM MY BROTHER, GARY GUNDLACH

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND LIGHTS UP?
AN ELECTRIC GRAPE

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL ( 1965 )

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; FRUIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
MADAME
MADAME WHO?
MADAME FOOT IS CAUGHT IN THE DOOR ( MY DAMN )

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS JOKE FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
HIAWATHA
HIAWATHA WHO?
HIAWATHA A GOOD GIRL BEFORE I MET YOU. ( I WAS A )

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS JOKE AT BRIDGE GAME

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): HISTORICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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LYRICAL PRAYER

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP.
PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM HIS MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: THIS PRAYER IS COMMONLY TAUGHT TO CHILDREN.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.574.86
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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MAKE HASTE

IF ONE IS SENT ON A "HURRY -UP ERRAND", SOME IMPORTANT MATTER , YOU
WILL BE WARNED, IF YOU FALL DOWN, DON'T WAIT TO GET UP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT IN BOSTON BUT DOESN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE.
MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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FIRST AID FOR DOG-BITES

"WHEN I WAS YOUNG, BACK IN IRELAND,
WE HAD A LOT OF STRANGE REMEDIES FOR AILMENTS.
IF YOU EVER GOT BITTEN BY A DOG
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO PULL A HAIR OFF ITS BACK
AND PLACE IT OVER THE WOUND IN YOUR SKIN.
THIS WOULD KEEP IT FROM BECOMING INFECTED."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THIS WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE
TO ANYONE WHO WAS BROUGHT UP IN IRELAND,
AND THAT IS WHERE SHE LEARNED IT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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METAPHORICAL SAYING

FINE FEATHERS MAKE FINE BIRDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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ON OUR KNEES

WHAT WE SAY ON OUR KNEES IS OF LESS IMPORTANCE THAN
WHAT WE DO WHEN WE GET UP.

Submitter comment: SEMINARY PROVERB

Where learned: SAINT JOSAPHAT SEMINARY ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): PRAYER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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CURE

FOR BOILS: HEAT A BOTTLE BY POURING SCALDING WATER IN IT UNTIL
THE GLASS IS VERY HOT. POUR WATER FROM BOTTLE AND APPLY THE HOT
NECK TO THE BOIL. AS THE BOTTLE COOLS IT WILL SUCK OUT THE PUSS.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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COUGH

AN OLD FASHIONED REMEDY FOR A COUGH IS A COMBINATION OF THE JUICE
FROM ONE LEMON, TWO TABLESPOONS OF GLYCERINE, AND A GLASS OF HONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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NURSERY RHYMES

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR/ HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH/ LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUR MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; RHYME:AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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GAME: RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT.

1 PERSON IS IT AND HE STANDS ON ONE SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK. THE OTHER
GREEN LIGHT. AT THIS POINT THE OTHER KIDS RUN AS FAST AS THEY CAN
TO TOUCH THE GUY. IF FOR SOME REASON THE KID TURNS AROUND AND SAYS
RED LIGHT, THOSE WHO MOVE AS HE SAYS THIS, HAVE TO GO BACK TO
THE STARTING POINT. THE GAME ENDS WHEN ONE PERSON TOUCHES THE
PERSON WHO IS IT.

Submitter comment: I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00001960'S

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GAME: GHOST AND GOBLINS

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN THE DARK. ONE PERSON IS THE GHOST AND HE CARRIES A FLASHLIGHT.
THE GHOST COUNTS UP TO 100 BY TWO'S. EVERYONE
RUNS AND HIDES. AFTER THE GHOST HAS COUNTED, HE STARTS TO SEARCH
FOR THE HIDDEN PEOPLE. IF HE FINDS ONE, HE TRIES TO GET HIM, BUT
IF THE HIDDEN PERSON CAN MAKE IT TO THE BASE, THEN HE IS SAFE.
THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE IS CAUGHT.

Submitter comment: I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00001960'S

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