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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL,
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE, AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME L.S.D.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): DRUGS ; PARODY, NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB CHIASMUS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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MAXIM

BETTER NEVER THAN LATE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD APACHE SAYING.

Data entry tech comment: SISTER SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE
VARIANT

Where learned: COLORADO

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; REVERSAL?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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COMMON WORD

IT'S HOT

Submitter comment: IT MEANS A CONCERT WAS GREAT

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

A QUEEB

Submitter comment: THE PASSAGE OF AIR THROUGH THE FEMALE GENITALIA

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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AIRCRAFT PILOT'S CUSTOM

WHEN A STUDENT PILOT LANDS AFTER HIS OR HER FIRST SOLO FLIGHT,
THE STUDENT'S SHIRT IS TORN OFF AND OFTEN THE STUDENT IS THROWN IN
THE MUD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; COLORADO SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME LSD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN DRUGS--OPIUM, LSD CHIASMUS ; RHYME: ABAB ; SUPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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RIDDLE

IF YOU ARE IN A ROOM
AND ALL FOUR SIDES, CEILING AND FLOOR
ARE MADE OF STEEL AND TOTALLY ENCLOSED,
THERE ARE NO OPENINGS,
THE ONLY THINGS IN THE ROOM OTHER THAN YOURSELF
ARE A TABLE AND A SAW,
HOW DO YOU GET OUT?
ANSWER: CUT THE TABLE IN HALF,
PUT THE TWO HALVES TOGETHER TO MAKE A HOLE,
AND CRAWL OUT THROUGH THE HOLE.

Where learned: COLORADO ; GORE RANGE

Keyword(s): RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-00-1980

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TO CURE HICCUPS, SWALLOW A WHOLE TABLESPOON OF SUGAR.

Where learned: COLORADO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001970S CA

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APACHE CUSTOM

IF SOMEONE DIES IN AN APACHE HOUSE, THE HOUSE MUST
BE BURNED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD APACHE CUSTOM.

Where learned: COLORADO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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IF THE LEAVES TURN UP (SO THAT THE UNDER-PARTS SHOW), A RAIN-
STORM IS COMING.

Where learned: COLORADO ; SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BOULDER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 00001942 CA.

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IF IT RAINS ON THE WEDDING DAY, THE BRIDE WILL HAVE GOOD
FORTUNE ALWAYS.

Where learned: COLORADO ; COLORADO SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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PROVERB

YOU CAN'T MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW'S EAR.

Where learned: COLORADO ; PUEBLO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOLD AS A TRUE STORY TO MY INFORMANT:
A YOUNG FELLOW WAS IN A DRIVE-IN IN THAT NEIGHBOR-
HOOD AND WAS TRYING TO SHOW HIS BRAVERY TO HIS GIRL
AND ANOTHER COUPLE IN HIS CAR. HE TOOK A REVOLVER
WITH ONE BULLET IN IT AND HELD IT TO HIS HEAD.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS THE CHAMBER WITH THE LIVE
CARTRIDGE AND HE KILLED HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; COLORADO ; DETROIT ; CORTEZ

James Callow Keyword(s): RISK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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TOLD AS A TRUE STORY TO MY INFORMANT:
A YOUNG FELLOW WAS IN A DRIVE-IN IN THAT NEIGHBOR-
HOOD AND WAS TRYING TO SHOW HIS BRAVERY TO HIS GIRL
AND ANOTHER COUPLE IN HIS CAR. HE TOOK A REVOLVER
WITH ONE BULLET IN IT AND HELD IT TO HIS HEAD.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS THE CHAMBER WITH THE LIVE
CARTRIDGE AND HE KILLED HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; COLORADO ; DETROIT ; CORTEZ

James Callow Keyword(s): RISK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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