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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KEY IS THE HARDEST TO TURN?
A: A DONKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Proverbial Saying

Curiosity killed the cat.

(usually answered with:)

Satisfaction brought it back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Not a Proverb?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): CAT ; CURIOSITY ; Killed ; PROVERB ; Resurrection ; Satisfaction ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Nobody Loves Me

Nobody loves me, everybody hates me.
Think I'll eat some worms.
Big ones, little ones, ishy, gishy, goo ones,
Ones that squiggle and squirm.

First one's greasy -- goes down easy
Second one sticks to your tongue.
Third one's custard, fourth one's mustard
Fifth one tries to run.

First you cut the heads off
Then you suck the juice out
Then you throw the skins away.
No one knows how (name) can live on worms three times a day.

 

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; PLAYGROUND

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

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Froggy Song

Here's a lively song of a froggy by the pond:
Crick-crick-crickety-crick berrong--

 

Submitter comment:

Informant learned in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, while working on a playground.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PLAYGROUND ; JOHNSTOWN

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

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