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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HAVE COMPANY AND YOU WISH THAT SOMEONE WOULD LEAVE, STAND
IN BACK OF THAT PERSON WITH A BROOM. HOLD IT UPSIDE-DOWN AND
SPRINKLE SALT AND PEPPER INTO IT. THE PERSON WILL LEAVE ALMOST
IMMEDIATELY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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EXPLANATION OF POPCORN AND PEANUT SELLING AT SPORT EVENTS:

IN ROMAN DAYS, RED HOT PEAS WERE SOLD AT GLADIATOR GAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

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TO BECOME A WEREWOLF

TAKE AN IRON COOKING POT INTO WHICH MUST BE DUMPED WATER, PARSLEY,
OPIUM, AND SAFFRON. YOU DO NOT EAT IT, IT IS TO ATTACK THE DEVIL.
RUB YOUR BODY WITH FAT OF A FRESHLY KILLED CAT AND PUT ON A
WOLF'S SKIN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): DEVIL ; Legend ; MYTH ; SUPERNATURAL ; Werewolf

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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PIZZA

TO GIVE PIZZA A LITTLE EXTRA FLAVOR, YOU SHOULD PUT A LITTLE SALT
ON IT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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Never eat hot sauce or eat hot foods while pregnant. To do
so would cause problems with the baby's eyes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Spice spicy

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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IF YOU EAT LOTS OF PEPPER, IT WILL GROW HAIR ON YOUR
CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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WHY POPCORN AND PEANUTS ARE SOLD AT GAMES

IN ROMAN DAYS, RED HOT PEAS WERE SOLD AT GLADIATOR GAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-26-1968

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