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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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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT GREEN VEGETABLES, THEY WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR THICK
AND GROW FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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 -- Plant

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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GARLIC BELIEF

HANG GARLIC IN THE KITCHEN TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT YELLOW VEGETABLES LIKE CARROTS, SQUASH, WAX BEANS,
YOUR EYES WILL BE STRONG AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD VISION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): VITAMIN A CONTENT

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
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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PLANT

CARROTS ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOUR EYES, THEY JUST MAKE
EYELASHES GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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: 09-20-1969

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SPINACH BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH YOU WILL HAVE ROSY CHEEKS AND CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER OFTEN TOLD THE FAMILY THIS TO GET THEM
TO EAT THIS DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE.

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
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

NEVER EAT THE END OF THE CUCUMBER WHERE THERE ARE NO SEEDS
BECAUSE IT IS POISONOUS.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER ACTUALLY BELIEVES THIS BECAUSE HER MOTHER BELIEVED
IT. IN OUR HOME WE NEVER EAT THAT END OF A CUCUMBER EVEN THOUGH
ALL OF A PICKLE IS REGARDED AS SAFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE
DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARBOR BEACH

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: 11-08-1971

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS IT WILL GIVE YOU CURLY HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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HAIR ON CHEST

WHEN I WAS SSMAL, MY FATHER TRIED TO CONVINCE
ME TO EAT SOME DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE BY TELLING ME IT WOULD
PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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 Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PLANT BELIEF

TOMATOS ARE SEX APHRODISIACS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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SPINACH BELIEF

SPINACH GIVES YOU MUSCLES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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MUSHROOM BELIEF

TO SEE IF THE MUSHROOMS YOU PICKED ARE
REALLY MUSHROOMS AND NOT TOAD STOOLS, PUT A PENNY IN
THE POT WHEN YOU COOK THEM. IF THE PENNY DOES NOT
TURN BLACK THEN THEY ARE MUSHROOMS AND SAFE TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS YOU CAN SEE IN THE DARK BETTER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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: 11-22-1968

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SPINACH BELIEF

EATING SPINACH WILL MAKE YOU STRONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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