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RIDDLE

Q: A TRAVELER IS WALKING DOWN A ROAD WHEN HE COMES TO A FORK. NOT
KNOWING WHICH ROUTE TO TAKE HE DECIDES TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS.
THERE IS A MAN AT EACH PATH. ONE ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH WHILE THE
OTHER ALWAYS LIES. IF OUR TRAVELER CAN ASK ONLY ONE MAN ONLY ONE
QUESTION WHAT IS HIS QUESTION AND WHO WILL HE ASK?
A: IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO HE ASKS IF HE SAYS - IF I ASK THE OTHER
MAN WHICH WAY I SHOULD GO, WHAT WILL HE TELL ME?
LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS ; DEPARTMENT STORE

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; AN ACTION (A) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: JOHN IS IN THE OTHER ROOM SLEEPING. MARY IS ON THE FLOOR DEAD.
THERE IS WATER ON THE FLOOR NEAR MARY. THERE IS ALSO BROKEN GLASS
ON THE FLOOR NEAR MARY. MARY DID NOT DIE OF ANY WOUNDS.
HOW DID MARY DIE?
A: JOHN IS A CAT. MARY IS A FISH. JOHN KNOCKED THE FISH BOWL OFF
THE STAND AND IT BROKE AND MARY DIED OF SUFFICATION (SUFFOCATION).

Submitter comment:

YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): HOUSEHOLD ITEM (Q) ; NAMES FOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GOES AROUND ALL DAY GRUNTING WITHOUT BEING SICK,
AND IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING WITHOUT HAVING LOST ANYTHING?
A: A PIG.

Submitter comment: DIRECTLY TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMAL (A) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: IT IS NOT A SHIRT, YET IT IS SEWED;
IT IS NOT A TREE, YET IT IS FULL OF LEAVES;
IT IS NOT A PERSON, YET IT TALKS SENSIBLE.
A: A BOOK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: HARVEY GOLDMAN, 12YR. OLD CAMPER AT LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK (9)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-25-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN YOU HOLD WITHOUT TOUCHING IT?
A: CONVERSATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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RIDDLE ORIGINATED IN GERMANY

Q: WHAT GOES ALL OVER THE PASTURE IN THE DAYTIME AND SITS IN THE
CUPBOARD AT NIGHT?
A: MILK.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-30-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: IT HAS NO TEETH, YET BITES TO THE EYES.
A: AN ONION.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAUSES US NEITHER PAIN NOR SORROW YET MAKES US WEEP?
A: ONIONS.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN? UNKNOWN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: I WON'T TELL MOM IF YOU HIT ME...BUT IF YOU POKE ME WITH A PIN,
I 'LL CALL POP. WHAT AM I?
A: A BALLOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: ATLIKE PAUKSTIS BE SPARUUZ, IZKANDO IMOGUZ BE DANTIZ.
Q: A BIRD FLEW UP WITHOUT WINGS, AND BIT A MAN WITHOUT HAVING
ANY TEETH.
A: KULKA - A BULLET

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THERE IS A MAN LYING NEXT TO A TABLE DEAD. THERE IS A PISTOL NEXT
TO HIM THAT HAS JUST BEEN FIRED. HE DID NOT KILL HIMSELF. THERE ARE
ALSO 53 OTHER OBJECTS IN THE ROOM. WHY WAS HE KILLED?
A: THE 53 OTHER OBJECTS ARE CARDS AND THE MAN WAS SHOT FOR CHEATING.

Submitter comment: YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; FURNITURE (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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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: THOUGH IT WAS MADE WELL IN THE BEGINNING AND THOUGH IT IS NEVER
BROKEN, IT STILL HAS TO BE REMADE EACH DAY.
A: BED.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS FOUR LEGS BUT CANNOT WALK?
A: A CHAIR.

Data entry tech comment: A DUPLICATE IN 5 X 8 CARD FILES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; FURNITURE (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS LEGS BUT CANNOT WALK?
A: A TABLE.

Data entry tech comment: A DUPLICATE IN 5 X 8 CARD FILES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; FURNITURE (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-25-1965

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: DRESSES THREE TIMES A DAY, BUT IS NUDE MOST OF THE TIME.
Q: KOMESTI PAIVASSA PAALLENSA PUKEE, ENIMMAT AJAT ALASTI SEISOO.
A: A TABLE - RUOKAPOYTA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS BUT CAN NEVER LEAVE THE ROOM?
A: STAIR RAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) PARTICULAR AREA ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG ME ON THE WALL , BUT IF YOU TAKE ME DOWN YOU CANNOT
PUT ME UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) PARTICULAR AREA ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG IT ON A WALL; BUT IF YOU TAKE IT DOWN, YOU CAN'T
HANG IT UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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