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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: IF YOU LIVED IN A HOUSE, ALL FOUR SIDES OF WHICH HAD A SOUTHERN
EXPOSURE. WHAT COLOR WOULD BE THE BEAR WHICH WALKED BY?
A: WHITE - HE WOULD BE A POLAR BEAR AT THE NORTH POLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL AND BUILDING (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU GO IN THE FRONT YOU ARE AT THE BACK?
A: A CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; BUILDING (A) ; PARTICULAR AREA - CHURCH (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT IS HARD WHEN IT ENTERS A BATH,
BUT IMMEDIATELY BECOMES SOFT?
A: INSTANT JAPANESE NOODLES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND (HE) LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

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

James Callow Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE?

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 IS WHITE WHEN IT IS DIRTY AND BLACK WHEN IT IS CLEAN?
A: A BLACKBOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES THROUGH THE DOOR, BUT DOES NOT PASS ON EITHER SIDE
OF THE DOOR?
A: A KEYHOLE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: RUSSELL INDUSTRIAL CENTER

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: NEI PATI VALGO, NEI KITAM DUODA. - SHE DOES NOT EAT IT HERSELF,
NOR GIVE IT TO ANOTHER.
A: SPYNA - A LOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; PERSON IN ACTION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS VERY BLACK AND YET ENLIGHTENS THE WORLD?
A: INK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; COLOR (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-11-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A THOUSAND HOLES AND HOLDS WATER?
A: A SPONGE.

Data entry tech comment: 3 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN GO UP A CHIMNEY DOWN, BUT CAN NOT GO DOWN A CHIMNEY UP?
A: AN UMBRELLA.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: IT SPINS AROUND BUT IS NOT (A) SPINNING WHEEL; IT CAN WALK A ROPE
BUT IT IS NOT A MONKEY.
A: A SPIDER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SHIPLE HALL

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (Q) ; INSECTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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MONEY RIDDLE

Q: HOW CAN ONE HAVE 30 CENTS WITH ONLY TWO COINS IF ONE OF THEM IS
NOT A NICKLE?
A: EASY, ONE QUARTER AND ONE NICKLE. ONE OF THEM IS NOT A NICKLE,
IT IS A QUARTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; MONETARY ITEMS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT FLIES AND NEVER RESTS?
A: THE WIND.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: NAKED ITSELF YET IT DRESSES OTHERS.
A: A NEEDLE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS GOES UP BUT NEVER GOES DOWN?
A: AGE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WOMEN DON'T HAVE AND DON'T WANT? MEN CONSIDER IT
A FINE THING TO HAVE, BUT ONCE THEY HAVE IT THEY TRY TO GET RID OF
IT?
A: A BEARD.

Submitter comment: DIRECTLY TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS NEVER SEEN BUT OFTEN CHANGES?
A: YOUR MIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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