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Herring is eaten for good luck.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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Fish And Milk

Before having a catfish dinner, I asked my mother if I could
have some milk to go with it. But my father interrupted and said
that if you've never had milk with fish before then it will kill
you.

Submitter comment: My father had a very serious look on his face. I knew he was
wrong because they had served milk along with our lunches which
sometimes include fish as a main course.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Louise

Keyword(s): FOOD POISONING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Don't drink - Milk with Fish - It was an old saying that fish
would poison milk so when people ate fish they didn't drink
milk.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 6674, 9630, 10210, 15863-15864,
27492.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- MenuService
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk

Date learned: 01001954 CA

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OYSTERS WERE NEVER EATEN IN THE MONTHS THAT HAD NO
"R" IN THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Letter ; Oysters ; RITUAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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OYSTERS ARE SUPPOSED TO INCREASE THE SEXUAL PROWESS
OF MEN, WHEN THEY ARE EATEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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FISH IS BRAIN FOOD; IT MAKES YOU SMART.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED BY MY DAD AND HIS FAMILY
IN GOERGIA.
AFTER EATING FISH, NEVER DRINK MILK OR EAT ICE
CREAM BECAUSE IT MIGHT POISON YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Animal product Milk product
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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ONE SHOULD NEVER EAT FISH AND DRINK MILK TOGETHER, AS IT WILL
CAUSE ONE TO BE SICK AT HIS STOMACH.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IF A WOMAN EATS CATFISH BEFORE HER BABY IS TWO MONTHS
OLD SHE WILL DIE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): AGE ; BABY ; BELIEF ; Catfish ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MONTHS ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; Two

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1973

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IF A NEW MOTHER EATS FISH BEFORE THE BABY IS AT LEAST
THREE MONTHS OLD SHE WILL DIE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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IF YOU DRINK MILK WITH FISH YOU'LL GET SICK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD AND DRINK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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THE WIGGLING TURTLE MEAT

BACK WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS A LITTLE GIRL (SOME 60-ODD
YEARS AGO), SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER BROTHERS BY THEIR
HOME IN KENTUCKY WHEN THEY SPOTTED A HUGE TURTLE.
WHERE SHE LIVED, TURTLE MEAT WAS A GREAT DELICACY, SO
SHE GOT A NEIGHBORING FARMER WHO RAN OUT OF HIS HOUSE
CARRYING AN AX. HE KNOCKED THE TURTLE ON THE SHELL AND
AS IT STUCK ITS HEAD OUT, HE CHOPPED IT OFF WITH THE AX.
THEN HE TURNED IT OVER AND SLICED THE UNDERBELLY AROUND
FROM END TO END. HE FOUND THAT THE TURTLE'S INSIDES
CONTAINED 40 EGGS. WHEN THE FARMER CUT OFF THE TURTLE'S
HEAD, THE REST OF THE BODY BEGAN TO WIGGLE. WHEN THE
INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER PREPARED THE MEAT IN THE PAN
IT STILL WIGGLED, AND IT DIDN'T STOP WIGGLING UNTIL SHE
TOOK IT OUT OF THE PAN. THAT WASN'T THE END OF THE
TURTLE, HOWEVER, FOR THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY USED TO EAT
POPCORN OUT OF THAT TURTLE'S SHELL FOR MANY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 11-29-1971 ; 00-00-1911

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THE WIGGLING TURTLE MEAT

BACK WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS A LITTLE GIRL (SOME 60-ODD
YEARS AGO), SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER BROTHERS BY THEIR
HOME IN KENTUCKY WHEN THEY SPOTTED A HUGE TURTLE.
WHERE SHE LIVED, TURTLE MEAT WAS A GREAT DELICACY, SO
SHE GOT A NEIGHBORING FARMER WHO RAN OUT OF HIS HOUSE
CARRYING AN AX. HE KNOCKED THE TURTLE ON THE SHELL AND
AS IT STUCK ITS HEAD OUT, HE CHOPPED IT OFF WITH THE AX.
THEN HE TURNED IT OVER AND SLICED THE UNDERBELLY AROUND
FROM END TO END. HE FOUND THAT THE TURTLE'S INSIDES
CONTAINED 40 EGGS. WHEN THE FARMER CUT OFF THE TURTLE'S
HEAD, THE REST OF THE BODY BEGAN TO WIGGLE. WHEN THE
INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER PREPARED THE MEAT IN THE PAN
IT STILL WIGGLED, AND IT DIDN'T STOP WIGGLING UNTIL SHE
TOOK IT OUT OF THE PAN. THAT WASN'T THE END OF THE
TURTLE, HOWEVER, FOR THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY USED TO EAT
POPCORN OUT OF THAT TURTLE'S SHELL FOR MANY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 11-29-1971 ; 00-00-1911

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