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NOT GIVEN

A PIECE OF CARROT SHOULD BE EATEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE TO BRING
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND STILL PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

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NOT GIVEN

THERE'S THIS GUY NAMED STADTON THAT DID A LOT OF HUNTING. HE WAS
HUNTING SQUIRRELS ONE EARLY MORNING ALONG BY A CORN FIELD. THERE
WAS A RAIL FENCE AT THE END OF THE FIELD WHERE THE SQUIRRELS
LIVED. THEY WOULD COME INTO THE CORN FIELD AND EAT THE CORN.
IT WAS BARELY DAYLIGHT AND THIS BEAR CAME ALONG. THAT BEAR WAS
PULLING OFF THOSE EARS OF CORN LIKE A MAN WOULD. HE GOT AN ARMFUL
OF THEM AND THEN WOULD GO DOWN TO A LOWER PLACE AND HEAVE THEM
INTO A BIG CYPRESS STUMP. STADTON SAID HE HAD TO GO DOWN THERE
AND SEE WHY THE BEAR WAS THROWING THEM IN THERE. STADTON WENT
AND HE SAID THE BEAR, HE HAD A HOG IN THAT THERE STUMP AND WAS
FATTENING HIM UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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BUCK TEETH

WHEN WE WAS DOWN SOUTH (MOUNT IDA, ARKANSAS), THERE WAS A FRIEND
OF MINE USED TO TELL ABOUT A FELLA HE KNEW. HE HAD BUCK TEETH
SO BAD HE COULD EAT CORN ON THE COB THROUGH A SCREEN DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

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POPCORN

ONE TIME WE PLANTED POPCORN TO SEE IF WE COULD GET POPCORN ON THE
COB. THE CORN GREW INTO REGULAR CORN, BUT IT GOT SO HOT ONE DAY
THAT THE CORN POPPED RIGHT ON THE COB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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STUPID EASTERNER

"DUST-BOWL! WHY, WHEN WE GROW CELERY WE HAVE TO USE CONCRETE
PIPING NINE FEET HIGH AND TWO FEET WIDE. WE COULDN'T HANDLE OUR
CELERY BY THE BUNCH. WE CUT IT INTO LENGTHS AND SELL IT BY THE
SUPERFICIAL FOOT!"

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TO AN EASTERNER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

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PROVERB

THE CAULIFLOWER IS A CABBAGE WITH A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT REMEMBER

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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ITALIAN BELIEF

PLANT YOUR POTATOES AT THE FULL MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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SIGNIFICANCE OF SALT

WE HAVE A ROADSIDE STAND BACK HOME, AND ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS
WANTED SOME SALT TO EAT WITH THEIR TOMATOES, RATHER THAN GIVE THEM
THE SALT, HE SOLD IT TO THEM, AND LATER TOLD ME TO NEVER GIVE SALT
AWAY, FOR IF YOU DO, YOU WILL BECOME WEAK, AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL
HAVE POWER OVER YOU. SALT THEREFORE HAS MUCH SIGNIFICANCE AND
MEANING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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WHEN PARENTS WANT TO MAKE THEIR SONS EAT VEGETABLES, THEY TELL
THEM IT WILL PUT HAIR ON THEIR CHEST,

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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ONION SUPERSTITION

PUT A PIN IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN PEELING ONIONS AND YOU WILL NOT CRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

CUT A CUCUMBER AND RUB THE SMALL END AGAINST THE LARGE END.
THE BITTERNESS GOES INTO THE SMALL END, WHICH YOU HAVE TO
THROW AWAY BECAUSE IT GETS A FROTH ON IT. THIS ONLY HAS
TO BE DONE TO THE ONES PICKED AT THE FIRST OF THE SEASON.
BECAUSE THESE ARE USUALLY GREEN AND PICKED TOO EARLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

CUT OFF THE END OF A CUCUMBER AND RUB IT IN A CIRCULAR MOTION
AGAINST THE REST OF THE CUCUMBER. THAT IS TO RUB OUT THE SMALL
END AGAINST THE LARGER. THIS TAKES THE BITTERNESS OUT.

Submitter comment:

MR. FIZZETTE'S FRENCH CANADIAN GRANDMOTHER WHO LIVES IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE ALWAYS DID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CARROTS BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER OF FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

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PLANTING METHOD

THIS IS A COMMON METHOD USED BY INDIANS IN PLANTING TOMATOES.
A HOLE ABOUT 18 INCHES DEEP IS DUG. ABOUT HALF OF THIS HOLE IS
FILLED WITH A FEW INCHES OF GROUND, THE TOMATO SEED AND
A FINAL THIN LAYER OF GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOUR EYES WILL SPARKLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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PLANTING BELIEF

IF A ROSE IS TO BE STARTED FROM A CUTTING, THE CUTTING SHOULD
BE STUCK IN A POTATO AND THEN PLANTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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GET RID OF THOSE BLACK MUSHROOMS
BOIL MUSHROOMS WITH A COIN AND IF THE COIN TURNS BLACK, THE
MUSHROOMS ARE POISONOUS.

Submitter comment:

WE WERE STUDYING ABOUT MUSHROOMS IN MY EDUCATION CLASS, AND
DR. THORDEN MADE THIS STATEMENT IN A JOKING WAY, SO
I WROTE I DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TOADSTOOLS/ UNSAFE PRACTICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

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CORN BELIEF

A BELGIAN FRIEND, RENE CODDERS, TOLD MY HUSBAND
CORN IS FOR THE ANIMALS NOT THE PEOPLE.

Submitter comment:

A BELGIAN FRIEND, RENE CODDENS, TOLD MY HUSBAND THIS, AND
HE WILL NOT EAT CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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SPINACH BELIEF

SPINACH IS THE BROOM OF THE STOMACH, FOR IT CLEANSES AND PURIFIES
THAT ORGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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FOOD BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH, YOU WILL HAVE LONG HAIR AND ROSY CHEEKS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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