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THE BUBBLES ON THE SURFACE OF A CUP OF TEA FORETELL
HOW MUCH MONEY ONE WILL RECEIVE IN A BUSINESS
TRANSACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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A GREAT-AUNT OF MINE CLAIMS THE ABILITY TO TELL
FORTUNES BY TEALEAVES. THE LEAVES ARE SWIRLED IN THE
CUP WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIQUID, THEN TURNED OVER
ON ITS SAUCER AND TURNED AROUND THREE TIMES, THEN
TURNED UPRIGHT. SHE WOULD THEN PROCEED TO "READ"
THE LEAVES. I HAVE SEEN HER REVEAL SOME RATHER IN-
TIMATE INFORMATION SHOWING AT LEAST GREAT POWERS
OF OBSERVATION. MANY MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY ACTUALLY
BELIEVE SHE REALLY HAS THIS POWER. IN HER HOME TOWN
SHE IS WELL KNOWN AND IS PAID WELL TO TELL FORTUNES
AT TIMES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WILL NOT REVEAL HOW SHE LEARNED HER TRADE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Dreams Food and liquids

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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REMEDY

FOR CHANGE OF LIFE (THROUGH THE YEARS)- TOMARINDO, CINNAMON STICKS,
FRESH NUTMEG-CHIPPED, ANISE, CLOVES, PEPPERMINT LEAVES, AND ROSEMARY
LEAVES, THEN THEY BOIL IT. AND FOR EVERY QUART, THEY ADD THE JUICE
OF 3 LEMONS, PUT IN THE SKINS AND FERMENT IT IN A JAR FOR 3 DAYS .
THEN STRAIN IT WITH A CHEESECLOTH. THEN THEY ADD 3 JIGGERS OF
ANNISETTE LIQUEUR. THEN THEY ADD 7 OUNCES OF HONEY. THEY DON'T
BELIEVE IN HORMONE SHOTS FOR CHANGE OF LIFE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL IN
TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS, PRIMARILY
HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL BEE ; PLANTS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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REMEDY

POOR PEOPLE WITH TUBERCULOSIS USE THIS- RICE WATER TEA WITH HONEY
DAILY AT EVERY OPPURTUNITY BY ITSELF OR MIXED WITH JUICES OF THE
TROPICAL FRUITS THEY GROW THERE (IN TEXAS) SUCH AS PAPAYA JUICE,
MANGOS, CACTUS JUICE, AND COCONUT MILK, ALMOST LIKE A FULL MEAL TO
THE WEAK PERSON. ALL THE FRUITS ARE STRAINED AND THE RICE WATER
TEA IS MADE WITH RICE WATER AND PEPPERMINT LEAVES OR ANY OTHER TEA
LEAVES.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS INFORMATION BY HER MOTHER OR
GRANDPARENTS, PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL BEE ; PLANT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Animal product
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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DRINK

FOR MORNING TEAS- FRESH CINNAMON TEA IN THE MORNING. THEY BELIEVE
THIS GIVES THEM VITAMANS FOR THEIR NUTRITIONAL DAILY REQUIREMENTS,
THIS IS USED YEAR ROUND THERE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT SPICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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DRINK

FOR BABIES- FOR NUTRITION MIX A CAN OF PET MILK WITH 1 CAN OF WATER
PLUS RICE WATER WITH HONEY. RICE WATER IS THE WATER LEFT AFTER
BOILING RICE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT BEE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Animal product
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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TEA BELIEF

IF YOU PICK UP THE BUBBLES IN A CUP OF TEA BEFORE YOU
DRINK IT, YOU WILL GET RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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DRINK CUSTOM

IRISH TEA IS HOT AND BLACK, AND ACCORDING TO PERSCRIPTION,
"STRONG ENOUGH FOR A MOUSE TO TROT ON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLED THIS ON A VISIT TO THE FAMOUS IRISH SEMINARY IN
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND.

Where learned: IRELAND

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHEN A BABY IS BORN INTO A LEBANESE FAMILY, THEY DRINK
CINAMMON TEA. IF THE CHILD IS A BOY, THEY PUT WALNUT
MEATS IN IT.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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FOOD BELIEF

IF YOUR DRINK A STALK OF CORN LIKE TEA, LUCK WILL COME YOUR WAY.
(IN COLLECTOR'S OWN WORDS).

Submitter comment: FROM FORMER RESIDENT OF SABINAS IN MEXICO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12-00-1981

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AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREAM, BEAT THREE EGGS TO A STIFF FROTH;
GRADUALLY POUR BOILING HOT TEA OVER THEM UNTIL THICKNESS OF CREAM IS
REACHED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD IN INDIANA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
Food Drink -- Animal product Milk product
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root

Date learned: 03-04-1982

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COFFEE MAKES PEOPLE DARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER AT A VERY YOUNG
AGE AND SAYS SHE HAS NEVER DRUNKEN COFFEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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HONEY AND LEMON ADDED TO YOUR TEA WILL GIVE YOU A BRIGHT AND
DELIGHTFUL ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE AND BRING YOU GOOD FORTUNE.

Submitter comment: SOMETHING HER MOTHER TOLD HER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

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CONGESTION CURE1

TO BREAK UP CONGESTION I AM TOLD, A TEA MADE OF BOILED
HOG MIXED WITH HONEY WAS USED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 3

A CURE FOR CONGESTION TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT, IS IN THE
FORM OF A TEA MADE FROM BOILED RHUBARB MIXED WITH SUGAR,
A BIT OF LEMON AND A DROP OF CAMPHORATED SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001940CA

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Singing in the shower after you are drunk is supposed to
help sober you up a lot quicker than coffee or tea. When
you get out you will feel much more revived.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Voice.

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1987

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Sage will help cure stomach aches and
cardamon will help you feel better if you
ate too much.

Submitter comment: Usually the sage is prepared as a tea.

Keyword(s): Herb.

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- P745

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER USE A TEA BAG FOR TWO CUPS.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED IT FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-03-1967

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THERE IS AN OLD BELIEF THAT WHEN POURING A CUP OF
TEA, IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CATCH THE BUBBLES FORMED
IN THE CUP WITH A SPOON BEFORE THEY TOUCH THE SIDE
OF THE CUP, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR PAYCHECK. IF NOT,
NO CHECK!

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

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BUBBLES IN YOUR TEA MEANS VISITORS. BUBBLES IN
YOUR COFFEE MEANS MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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