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VERSE FROM MURDER

LIZZY BORDON TOOK AN AX/
AND GAVE HER MOTHER FORTY WHACKS/
WHEN SHE SAW WHAT SHE HAD DONE/
SHE GAVE HER FATHER FORTY-ONE.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING VERSE CAME ABOUT AFTER A FAMOUS MURDER TOOK PLACE.
I AM NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING OF THE NAME.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KETPUNCHER

Where learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; NARRATIVE VERSE JUMP ROPE RHYME ; NONSEQUITUR ; RHYME: AABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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DINNER KNIVES

THE REASON THAT THE DINNER KNIFE IS ROUNDED AT THE TIP
IS THAT WHEN COLUMBUS WAS COMING TO AMERICA, HE HAD THE SHARP TIP
OF HIS CREW'S KNIVES CUT OFF BECAUSE BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF THE MU

James Callow comment: MUTINY ? MUTINEERS ?

Where learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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