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FOOD CUSTOM

"MATE" IS A DRINK MUCH LIKE YOUR COLD TEA. WE DRINK IT IN
ARGENTINA. IT IS A DRINK ORIGINALLY PECULIAR TO US -- THOUGH
PERHAPS NOT NOW CONFINED TO OUR COUNTRY. IT IS A CITY DRINK, NOT
USED IN THE RURAL AREAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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COKE AND PEANUTS

IN THE SOUTH CHILDREN OFTEN BUY A COKE AND A BAG OF PLANTER'S
PEANUTS AND PUT THEM IN THE COKE BOTTLE. THIS CHANGES THE TASTE OF
THE COKE AND THE NUTS. I FIND THIS COMBINATION VERY PLEASING.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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APPLE BEER (MOUNTAIN RECIPE)

PEEL YOUR APPLES AND DRY THE PEELINGS IN THE SUN OR BY THE STOVE.
PUT THEM IN A CROCK AND ADD BOILING WATER TO COVER THEM.
COVER THE CROCK AND LET SIT FOR ONE OR TWO DAYS, UNTIL ALL THE
FLAVOR COMES OUT OF THE PEELINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

POLISH PEOPLE LOVE TO DRESS AND MORE ESPECIALLY SO IN THEIR PARTIES.
IT IS CUSTOMARY TO BRING FLOWERS OR A BOX OF CANDY TO THE HOSTESS.
WHEN THE PARTY HAPPENS TO BE A FIRST VISIT, IT IS A MUST. IT IS
NICE TO BRING A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE OR SOME OTHER WINE ON NEW YEAR'S
EVE. FOR A SMALL GROUP OF SIX TO EIGHT PEOPLE, A LATE DINNER IS
PLANNED. AFTER THE DESSERT AND THE COFFEE, SWEET CHAMPAGNE IS
SERVED AROUND MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT THINKS THAT PARTIES WHETHER BIG OR SMALL ARE A LOT OF FUN
WHEN POLISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEM.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Drink
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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ILLNESS PREVENTING DRINK

GERMANS DRINK MAGENBITTER, FIGURING THAT ANYTHING
TASTING SO BAD MUST BE GOOD FOR YOU. THEY DO THIS
ESPECIALLY AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING, BEFORE THEY
GO TO BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
Food Drink -- Drink
BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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DRINKING GAME

A GAME PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PLAYERS. A GLASS IS FILLED WITH BEER,
THE FIRST PERSON TRIES TO BOUNCE A QUARTER OFF THE TABLE OR OTHER
SURFACE AND INTO THE GLASS OF BEER. IF HE MISSES HE MAY PASS TO THE
NEXT PLAYER OR TRY AGAIN. IF HE MISSES THE SECOND TIME HE MUST
DRINK THE BEER. IF HE MAKES IT ON EITHER TURN HE CHOOSES THE PERSON
THAT DRINKS THE BEER.

Submitter comment: THERE IS NO WINNER, YOU EITHER TRY TO GET DRUNK YOURSELF OR GET
SOMEONE ELSE DRUNK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

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BUDDHA'S SPECIAL DISH (A THAI STORY)

"WHILE BUDDHA WAS TRYING TO ACHIEVE NIRVANA (THE ULTIMATE STAGE
IN THE BUDDHIST'S LIFE), HE WAS UNABLE TO THINK BECAUSE OF HIS
HUNGER FROM FASTING SO LONG. A GIRL MADE A SPECIAL DISH OF FOOD
MADE FROM GREEN RICE THAT RESEMBLED A GREEN, MILKY LIQUID. SHE
GAVE THE DISH TO BUDDHA TO DRINK AND AFTER HE DRANK IT HE WAS
ABLE TO REACH NIRVANA."

Submitter comment: THAIS BELIEVE THIS FOOD CAN HELP THE MONKS DO THE SAME AS LORD
BUDDHA.
BUDDHISTS BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD ONLY EAT TWO MEALS (NO DINNER)
SO THAT THEY'LL KNOW HUNGER. THE "MILK" IS DRUNK TO EASE THEIR
HUNGER.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, IF A TALL AND DARK STRANGER COMES TO
THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT AND OFFERS SOMEONE A DRINK, THE
HOUSE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Drink
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING, MOTHER WOULD BE WAITING WHEN THE
CHILDREN GOT UP AND EACH CHILD IN TURN WOULD GO WITH
THE BOTTLE TO FATHER'S BED AND GAVE HIM A SHOT OF GIN
AND SAID, "FATHER, I WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR, A LONG
HAPPY LIFE AND HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY PEOPLE WILL GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE FOR
A DRINK OF WINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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THE LAST BLAST

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AMONG THE AMERICANS TO GET INEBRIATED
ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AT HOME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE "GIRA"

50 GRAMS YEAST, 5 LITERS OF WATER, 1 KILOGRAM OF BREAD, 500
GRAMS SUGAR, 50 GRAMS RAISINS.
DRY OUT WHOLE RYE BREAD THAT HAS BEEN DICED AND LIGHTLY
BROWNED IN THE OVEN. THEN POUR HOT WATER ONTO THE DICED
BREAD THAT HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE BOTTLE. AFTER THE BREAD
HAS SOAKED FOR 3-4 HOURS, SIEVE OFF THE BREAD AND MIX
IN THE SUGAR AFTER REHEATING THE LIQUID. AFTER THE WATER
HAS COOLED DOWN, PLACE IN THE YEAST. COVER THE BOTTLE
WITH A CHEESECLOTH AND ALLOW TO FERMENT FROM 6-12 HOURS.
ADD RAISINS AS YOU POUR INDIVIDUAL BOTTLES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAKING A WISH ON THE LAST DRINK OF COKE.

Data entry tech comment: INITIALS "EB" APPEAR UNDERNEATH NAME OF INFORMANT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COCA COLA--BRAND NAME OF SOFT DRINK.

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PERSON WANTS A DRINK, HE DRAWS HIS FINGERS INTO
A FIST, PUTS HIS THUMB INTO HIS MOUTH, AND MOVES
HIS ARMS UP AND DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOUR DRINKING GLASS IS EMPTY AND YOU WANT IT
REFILLED, YOU GENTLY TAP THE RIM OF THE EMPTY GLASS.
THIS WOULD BE A SIGNAL FOR THE GLASS TO BE FILLED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions
SPEECH -- Drinking

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CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE CUSTOM

WHEN A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MY FRATERNITY GETS MARRIED,
GRADUATES, OR GETS PINNED, WE TOAST HIM BY INTERLOCKING
OUR ARMS WITH THE DRINKS IN OUR HANDS, WE CLINK THE
GLASSES BACKWARDS AND CHUG THE DRINK.

Submitter comment: HE COMMENTS THAT THIS PROBABLY SOUNDS STUPID, BUT
THEY ALWAYS DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SLANG: CHUG=DRINK IT ALL AT ONCE.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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WHEN PLAYING ANY DRINKING GAME, IT IS NOT ALLOWABLE TO
POINT AT A PERSON WHO HAS MADE A MISTAKE WITH ONE'S
FINGER. YOU MUST POINT ONLY WITH YOUR ELBOWS.
A PERSON CAUGHT POINTING WITH HIS FINGER MUST TAKE A
DRINK AS PUNISHMENT.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO ; MARINE BASE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport
Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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A GESTURE MY FATHER KNOWS FROM POLAND IS ONE TO SHOW
THAT SOMEONE IS DRUNK. THE RIGHT HAND IS USED.
THE RIGHT EYE IS WINKED AS THE TONGUE IS CLUCKED AND
THE FOREFINGER IS FLICKED AT THE THROAT.

Where learned: POLAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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IN SPAIN, IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH, YOU MAKE A GESTURE
BY PUTTING YOUR MIDDLE AND RING FINGERS DOWN AND
LEAVING THE OTHER FINGERS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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