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LA MARIPOSITA

ONE DAY, A LITTLE MARIPOSITA, VOLE QUE VOLE AROUND THE GARDEN,
DE REPENTE, SHE ASUOTO, WHEN SHE ASOTO, SHE REFLECCIONO, OH, WHAT
TONTA I AM, I FORGET TO OPEN MIS ALITAS.

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE IS AIMED AT THE PEOPLE OF BORDER AREAS BETWEEN THE U.S. &
MEXICO. THESE PEOPLE ARE CALLED POCHOS, BECAUSE THEY ARE OF NEITHER
COUNTRY. THE LANGUAGE THEY SPEAK IS A MIXTURE OF ENGLISH AND SPANISH
AND ONLY THEY UNDERSTAND IT. THIS JOKE, THEREFORE HAS NO MEANING
OR GIST IF TRANSLATED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

Where learned: MEXICO ; CD VALLES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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URBAN BELIEF TALE

THERE IS A STORY TOLD OF A YOUNG GIRL KILLED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT
ON THE HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN MEXICO. THE ACCIDENT WAS PARTICULARLY
GRUESOME. THE GIRL'S FATHER ENCOUNTERED LEGAL DIFFICULTIES WITH
RESPECT TO TRANSPORTING THE BODY AS IT MEANT THAT IT WOULD PASS
THROUGH STATE LINES. TO OVERCOME THIS, HE CARRIED THE BODY ON HIS
LAP ON AN AIRPLANE, SO THAT SHE WOULD BE BURIED IN HER HOMETOWN.

Submitter comment: THE GIRL DID EXIST, AND SHE DID DIE IN THE STATED MANNER, BUT THE
REST OF THE STORY IS QUESTIONABLE.

Where learned: MEXICO ; CD VALLES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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