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CUSTOM

MARY WAS A BASE NURSE IN OKINOWA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND SHE SAID IT
WAS THE CUSTOM FOR THE LADIES TO ALWAYS CARRY A HEAD PAN ON
HER HEAD WHILE SHE WENT ABOUT HER DUTIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Okinawa

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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Riddle

One day a farmer named Jack and his dog Skip were going out to
the barn to feed the horses. As they were leaving the house, Jack
picked up his pail of cornfeed and Skip and he moseyed on out to the
barn. Once inside, Jack approached his horse named John and
whistled for him to come and be fed. Jack whistled and said,
"Come here John." John (the horse) looked over his shoulder and
said, "Everytime I look around it's come here John." Jack looked
mortified. He dropped his pail and ran back to his house (Skip is
running right behind him). Once Jack regained his composure he
spoke out loud. "What am I running for? Horses don't talk. I'm
a man and I am going back out to that barn and feed my horse. Come
on Skip." So on that note, Jack and Skip went back out to the
barn. Jack picked up his pail and whistles for John. This time he
says, "John, Skip and me just came out here to feed you, now come
on over here John, come on." John looked over his shoulder and
said, "Everytime I look around it's come here John." John threw
his pail this time and flew out the barn (with Skip running right
behind him, of course). When they finished running they were half
a mile from the house up under a tree. Both Jack and Skip were out
of breathe when Jack said, "I ain't never seen a horse talk." And
Skip said, "Me either!"

Submitter comment: I wonder where John is now?

Where learned: JAPAN ; Okinawa

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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