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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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BROKEN BREAD

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN RURAL BULGARIA, THE OLDEST PERSON
IN THE HOUSEHOLD BREAKS A FRESH LOAF OF BREAD OVER
HIS HEAD. IF WHEN THE LOAF BREAKS, THE LARGEST
CHUNK REMAINS IN THE RIGHT HAND, THERE WILL BE GOOD
HARVEST FORTHCOMING. THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOD HARVEST
IF THE LARGEST PIECE OF BREAD BREAKS INTO HIS LEFT
HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF BREAD, BEFORE YOU ARE THROUGH EATING
THE FIRST PIECE OF OTHER FOOD, YOU WILL FEED COMPANY
THAT DAY

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; CHILTON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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DON'T TAKE THE LAST PIECE OF BREAD OR YOU'LL BE AN OLD MAID
(BACHELOR).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 06-28-1970

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IF YOU HAVE BREAD ON YOUR PLATE AND GET MORE, IT MEANS
SOMEONE IS COMING OVER HUNGRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-06-1972

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OLIVES ARE PASSION FRUIT.

Submitter comment: INITIALS "EB" ARE LISTED UNDER D. B. GONYER'S NAME ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

NEVER FEED A BABY NEW POTATOES OR FRESH CORN DURING HIS FIRST
SUMMER.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF DATES BACK TO DAYS WHEN BABY FOOD WAS UNKNOWN. THE
DIGESTIVE SYSTEMS OF YOUNG CHILDREN COULD NOT ACCOMODATE NEW
POTATOES OR CORN AND OFTEN WOULD DEVELOP DIARRHEA AND DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 05-07-1972

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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.

Data entry tech comment:

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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