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Group No. 143


J. The wise and the foolish

Group No.

J2000 – J2049

Group name

Absurd absent-mindedness


J2010. J2010. Uncertainty about own identity.
J2012. J2012. Person does not know himself. Fb “selv”; L. Schmidt Oesterr. Zs f. Vksk. 1954, 129ff.; India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2012.1. J2012.1. Numskull‘s beard cut off: does not know himself. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 274 No. 298; Christensen DF XLVII 27, 221 No. 83; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2012.2. J2012.2. Woman’s garments cut off: does not know herself. *Type 1383; *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 274 No. 298; Christensen DF XLVII 35.
J2012.3. J2012.3. Woman in tar and feathers does not know herself. *Type 1383; Fb “tjære” III 811a; Christensen DF XLVII 35; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2012.4. J2012.4. Fool in new clothes does not know himself. Wesselski Mönchslatein 193 No. 152; Christensen DF XLVII 221 No. 83.
J2012.5. J2012.5. Man does not know himself from another identically clad. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 214 No. 43.
J2012.6. J2012.6. Fool at baths believes he is someone else. Sees everybody naked. Puts straw on his shoulder to identify himself. Straw floats to another bather. “You are me and I am you!” Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2013. J2013. Man made to believe that he is someone else. *Chauvin VIII 96 No. 67; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2013.1. J2013.1. White man made to believe that he is a negro. Sleeps with a negro. His friends blacken him during the night. When he is waked up, he complains that they have waked the wrong man. Clouston Noodles 7; L. Schmidt Oesterr. Zs. f. Vksk. 1954, 130; England, U.S.: Baughman.
J2013.2. J2013.2. Man made to believe that he is a dog. He barks at people. *Type 1406; Bédier Fabliaux 265ff.; *Crane Vitry 227 No. 231.
J2013.3. J2013.3. Pumpkin tied to another‘s leg. A numskull ties a pumpkin to his leg at night so that he shall know himself in the morning. Someone ties the pumpkin to another’s leg and the numskull is not sure of his identity next morning. Clouston Noodles 7.
J2013.4. J2013.4. Numskull made to believe he is an evil spirit. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2014. J2014. Fool does not recognize his own house and family. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2015. J2015. His pupils grab a dog‘s tail and think it is their master’s. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2016. J2016. Man does not recognize his name when it is called: he is accustomed to hear his nickname. (Cf. K1984.3.) U.S.: Baughman.
J2020. J2020. Inability to find own members, etc.
J2021. J2021. Numskulls cannot find their own legs. A stranger helps them with a switch. (Usually get them mixed up when they sit down to bathe their feet.) Type 1288; BP III 150 n. 1; *Fb “ben” IV 32b; Clouston Noodles 32; Christensen DF XLVII 183.
J2021.1. J2021.1. Numskull asks doctor which leg (own) is hurting him. Italian Novella: Rotunda; Nouvelles Récréations No. 11.
J2022. J2022. Numskull cannot find ass he is sitting on. *Type 1288A; *BP III 150; Christensen DF XLVII 182.
J2023. J2023. Numskull doesn‘t recognize his own horse. Finds it only when the rest ride away and he takes the only one left. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 234 No. 100; Italian Novella: Rotunda (J2043).
J2024. J2024. Numskull rides backward. “I didn’t get on backward but the horse seems to be left-handed.” *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 235 No. 100.
J2025. J2025. Inability to find object one is carrying.
J2025.1. J2025.1. Man searches for axe which he carries on his shoulder. Africa (Ila, Rhodesia): Smith and Dale II 407 No. 4.
J2025.2. J2025.2. Woman cannot find pastry which is sticking to her posterior. Mensa Philosophica No. 48.
J2026. J2026. Fools try to fight with man inside of drum who seems to make the noise. Are really pounding each other. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2027. J2027. Opium-smoker on journey asks his way about; ends up at his own house. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2030. J2030. Absurd inability to count. Christensen DF XLVII 181ff.; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2031. J2031. Counting wrong by not counting oneself. Numskulls conclude that one of their number is drowned. *Type 1287; *BP III 149 n. 1; *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 267 No. 261; *Clouston Noodles 28ff., 192; *Field Pent Cuckoo 8; Köhler-Bolte I 112; Christensen DF XLVII 181ff. – Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 317 No. 153; India: *Thompson-Balys; Indonesia: Coster-Wijsman 66 No. 111.
J2031.1. J2031.1. Numskulls count selves by sticking their noses in the sand. They then count the holes. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 268 No. 261.
J2031.2. J2031.2. There are ten horses; then when he is mounted there are only nine. Why? *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 267 No. 261; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2031.3. J2031.3. Culture hero throws coconuts to various islands, but forgets one he stands on: hence none now on that island. Cook Islands: Beckwith Myth 104, cf. 270.
J2032. J2032. Are there nine or ten geese? Ten men are called in; each is to take a goose. If all have a goose, there are ten. One man is left without one. Numskull: “You should have taken one before they were all gone.” Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 246 No. 143.
J2033. J2033. Three girls distressed by seemingly impossible task of going and returning together – one in half month, other in fifteen days, other in seven plus eight days. Chinese: Graham.
J2035. J2035. The interrupted calculation. While the merchant is making calculations, he asks the age of his youngest daughter, the elder daughter, and the mother, and always adds this to the number he has reached. Type 1592*.
J2036. J2036. Keeping the measure by stretching out the arms. Numskull goes to buy goods for his wife. Clouston Noodles 90; *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 248 No. 161.
J2037. J2037. Numskulls buy things in common: each pays full price.
J2037.1. J2037.1. Numskulls buy church in common: each pays full price. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 1336*.
J2037.2. J2037.2. Three brothers buy cow for common use; each brother pays the farmer full price. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2040. J2040. Absurd absent-mindedness – miscellaneous. U.S.: Baughman.
J2041. J2041. Actor forgets and speaks in his own person.
J2041.1. J2041.1. In Passion Play the Christ says, “I am thirsty”; the thief on the left speaks up, “I too.” Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 864.
J2044. J2044. Fool forgets master’s message. As result of his absent-mindedness he is given a heavy mortar to take to his master. The latter makes him return it as punishment. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2045. J2045. Fool believes plea of not guilty even though he has seen man injure him. Nouvelles Récréations No. 2.
J2046. J2046. Law student forgets his speech. Absurd results. Nouvelles Récréations No. 76.
J2047. J2047. Hero keeps on leading his horse without discovering that it is dead. Icelandic: Boberg.
J2048. J2048. Given things for self and relatives, fool forgets to take his own. India: Thompson-Balys.

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