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IF YOU TAKE A SECOND PIECE OF BREAD, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE SOME,
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS COMING HUNGRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF BREAD WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A
PIECE, THAT MEANS SOMEONE HUNGRY IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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LUCK

NEVER WASTE PEANUT SHEELS ON THE GROUND, IT CAUSES FUSS.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): ARGUMENT QUARRELING DISCORD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA11001973

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LUCK

ALWAYS LAY BREAD UPRIGHT OR YOU WILL CAUSE SOMEONE TO TURN OVER IN
THEIR GRAVE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA11001973

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GAME VERSE

CLAP, CLAP YOUR LITTLE HANDS. WE ARE RIDING TO GRANDMOTHER AND
FROM GRANDMOTHER TO GRANDFATHER FOR SOME RED APPLES.

Submitter comment: CLAP THE CHILD'S HANDS WHILE SAYING THIS.
THIS IS TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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FOOD

PETER WAS MAKING PANCAKES AND HANGING THEM ON THE FENCE

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ACTUALLY DONE BY HIS MOTHER. SHE MADE HUGE PANCAKES AND
HUNG THEM OUT TO DRY IN THE SUN.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN RUSSIA.
THIS ITEM IS TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RUSSIA ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.242
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.247
Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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MUSHROOMS OR TOADSTOOLS RUBBED ON WARTS MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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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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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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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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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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