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HOME BELIEF

USE CORN STARCH ON A FRESH STAIN TO REMOVE THE STAIN
I HAVE SEEN CORN STARCH REMOVE A RED WINE STAIN FROM A
WHITE CARPET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BELIEF

OLIVES AND EGGS ARE PASSION FRUITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIACS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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CURE

IF A CHILD, USUALLY A BABY, IS SUFFERING FROM AN ILLNESS, USUALLY A
CHILD'S ILLNESS LIKE A COLD OR FLU, YOU SHOULD CUT OFF THE EAR OF A
CAT. THEN DRIP THE BLOOD ON A PIECE OF BREAD AND FEED IT TO THE
INFANT. THIS IS SALEM WITCHCRAFT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT THOUGHT THIS WAS A SICKENING THING TO DO, BUT HE
TALKED OF IT AS AN AUTHENTIC CURE ACCORDING TO SOME PEOPLE. AS HE
SAID, WHAT ELSE COULD THEY DO, THE DRUG STORES WERE CLOSED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS STILL ITALIAN SASTU BREAD. IT COMES
IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND SOMETIMES IS ALSO MADE WITH EGGS SET INTO
THE DOUGH. IT WAS ALSO GIVEN AS A GIFT AFTER THE PEOPLE HAD HAD IT
BLESSED AT THE CHURCH ON GOOD FRIDAY OR HOLY SATURDAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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THIS CUSTOM WAS FOLLOWED THROUGH THE GENERATIONS IN HIS FAMILY
ON ST. LUCY'S DAY WHICH FALLS ON DECEMBER 13. WHEN COOKING
ANY MEAL THAT DAY, OR IN EATING ANY MEAL THAT DAY, NOTHING CAN BE
MADE OR EATEN OUT OF FLOWER ( FLOUR ). IF MADE OR EATEN, IT IS A
SIGN THAT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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ST LUCY'S DAY - PATRON OF THE EYES

A PROMISE IS MADE BY ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES BY
NOT EATING ANYTHING MADE WITH FLOUR - SO THE SUBSTITUTION IS MADE
BY SERVING RICE, POTATOES AND WHEAT MADE INTO FOODS WHICH WILL TAKE
THE PLACE OF BREAD.
THE SACRIFICE IS NOT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT, BUT FOR SOMEONE THEY
MAY KNOW WHO MAY HAVE TROUBLE WITH THEIR EYES OR EVEN FOR THE
WHOLE CLAN TO PROTECT THEIR EYES FROM ANY HARM. CUSTOMS ORIGINATE,
AS ONE KNOWS, FROM THE ANCIENT BELIEFS THAT SOMEONE WAS HELPED BY A
PERSON'S SACRIFICE AND OF COURSE THE WORD TRAVELED AROUND THE
COUNTRYSIDE AND THE CUSTOM BEGAN. AS WITH ALL CUSTOMS, THEY HAVE
BECOME ALMOST EXTINCT IN PRESENT-DAY ITALY. CELEBRATED DECEMBER 13TH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-31-1971

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EYE PROTECTION

MANY ITALIAN PEOPLE DON'T EAT WHEAT PRODUCTS ON ST. LUCY'S FEAST
DAY. THEY DO THIS SO THAT THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE PROTECTION FOR
THEIR EYES FROM ST. LUCY. THEY CAN PREVENT EYE SICKNESS. THE
DATE FALLS ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-20-1968

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NO BREAD

ON DEC. 13 ST. LUCY'S DAY THE PEOPLE OF ITALY DO NOT EAT ANYTHING
MADE FROM DOUGH, SUCH AS BREAD OR CAKES. THEY EAT WHOLE GRAIN.
DEC. 13 IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION IN ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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HOME STAIN REMOVER

USE CORN STARCH ON A FRESH STAIN TO REMOVE THE STAIN
 

Submitter comment:

I've seen corn starch remove a red wine stain from a white carpet.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Corn Starch ; Domesticity ; Household ; Stain ; Stain Remover ; Tip ; TRICK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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BELIEF

OLIVES AND EGGS ARE PASSION FRUITS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): APHRODISIAC ; Consume ; Consumption ; Eat ; Eggs ; FOOD ; Olives ; Passion

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIACS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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TRICK OF THE TRADE

AT A & P, WE SPRINKLE WATER ON THE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
FOR A TWOFOLD PURPOSE. THE WATER MAKES THE FRUIT AND
VEGETABLES LOOK FRESHER AS WELL AS ADDING WEIGHT TO THEM.
WHEN THE CASHIER WEIGHS THEM THE WEIGHT IS BLOATED BY THE WATER.
THE EFFECT IS AN INCREASE IN PRICE FOR THE CONSUMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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FOOD GATHERING CUSTOM

TRUFFLES SHOULD BE GATHERED AT MIDNIGHT WHEN THEY WILL POP UP
OUT OF THE GROUND. IF GATHERED AT ANY OTHER TIME THEY WILL
NOT BE ANY GOOD.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF DOES NOT HOLD TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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GARI

GREENS FROM A PLANT ROOT PREPARED LIKE FARINA.

Where learned: NIGERIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 01-10-0198

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SOUTHERN BLACKS WOULD TAKE WARM OR HOT CORNBREAD, CRUMB IT, AND
EAT IT IN A GLASS OF BUTTERMILK.
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER ON MY FATHER'S SIDE USED TO MAKE IT.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk

Date learned: 09-26-1984

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CORN PONES

TAKE TWO CUPS OF BUTTERMILK, TSP. OF SALT,
TSP. OF BAKING POWDER, TSP. OF BAKING SODA
AND ENOUGH WHITE CORN MEAL SO IT WILL ALL
STICK TOGETHER. STIR IN FOUR TBLS. OF
OF MELTED BACON FAT. TAKE A HANDFUL OF MIXTURE
AND ROLL INTO AN OVAL BALL. PLACE BALLS IN A
GREASED IRON SKILLET AND BAKE AT 450 DEGREES FOR
45 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM OVEN, SLICE OPEN,
FILL WITH BUTTER AND ENJOY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 00-00-1944

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Chinese custom

When a close family member dies, the rest of the family can
only eat vegetables and other non-animal related foods until
the deceased is buried.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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It is Greek belief that if one misplaces something from as small
as a ring to as large as a missing child, it can be relocated by
baking an offering known as a "Fanouropita" to St. Fanourio.
(Fanouropita means Bread of St. Fanourio.) Then taking the offering
and donating it to a church. The missing object is then said to
mysteriously turn up.

Where learned: GREECE

James Callow Keyword(s): compare St. Anthony

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA--BAY AREA--A TYPE OF SOURDOUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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GARLIC AND HONEY

A RUSSIAN CUSTOM FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE IS TO DIP GARLIC IN HONEY AND
EAT IT. THE GARLIC TAKES THE SINS OF THE PAST YEAR AWAY. THE
HONEY SWEETENS THE BODY FOR THE NEW YEAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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SORE THROAT

IF YOU TIE GARLIC AROUND YOUR NECK IT WILL CURE A SORE THROAT

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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