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A WOMAN SHOULD ALWAYS DRINK BEER DURING PREGNANCY.
IT MAKES THE BABY GOOD LOOKING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REVEALED THAT HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER WHO OWNED A BA

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS

IN MEXICO, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO INCLUDE CIDRA, OR FERMENTED CIDER
AS THE DRINK AT THE MEAL.

Where learned: MEXICO ; CIUDAD VALLES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

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IN EUROPE, NO PREGNANT WOMEN WERE ALLOWED IN A BREWERY BECAUSE THEY
WERE BELIEVED TO SPOIL THE BEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-17-1980

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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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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE WE DRINK HOT RED WINE MIXED WITH HOT CINNAMON
STICKS AND ROCK CANDY. THE WINE MUST BE HOT TO INSURE A WARM AND
SAFE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT SHE TRIED TO USE THIS CUSTOM ON HER
CHILDREN, BUT THEY THOUGHT IT WAS SILLY AND THEY DID NOT LIKE
THE WAY THE WINE TASTED.
THIS WAS DONE BY INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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WHENEVER WE MADE WINE, WE MADE IT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. ALL THE
CHILDREN HAD TO HANDLE THE GRAPES BEFORE IT WAS MADE INTO
WINE. THIS WAS DONE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT SHE DID THIS IN WEST GERMANY WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD. SHE REMEMBERS HANDLING THE GRAPES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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BEER OR "BITTER" IS SOLD AT PUBS IN ENGLAND BY THE PINT AND BY
THE HALF-PINT. HOWEVER, MEN ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ORDER HALF-PINTS
AS IT'S A SIGN OF A LACK OF MASCULINITY. WOMEN BY THE SAME TOKEN
SHOULD NEVER ORDER FULL PINTS AS IT'S A SIGN OF A LACK OF FEMININITY.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-00-1982

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ITALIAN DINING CUSTOM

IT WAS CUSTOMARY AMONG THE INFORMANT'S GRANDFATHER'S
GENERATION TO PUT WINE IN OR ON THEIR FOOD, NO MATTER WHAT IT
WAS, FOR LUNCH AND DINNER EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S GRANDFATHER LIVED TO BE 89 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Night mealsSupper
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH BLACK EYED
PEAS AND HOMEMADE WINE. THE PEAS WILL BRING YOU LUCK
AND THE WINE WILL PROMISE YOU WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE
NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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RECIPE TO MAKE GUAVA BERRY WINE

(1) WASH GUAVA BERRIES
(2) PUT THEM IN A BOTTLE
(3) ADD WINE (NO PARTICULAR TYPE) AND A LITTLE RUM
(4) SHAKE UNTIL DRINK FERMENTS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THE AVERAGE TIME BEFORE THE BOTTLED WINE IS OPEN
TAKES ABOUT FIVE YEARS.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; SAINT JOHN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00001970S

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Japanese custom

Otoso, known as a sweet sake or rice wine, is to be drunk in
the morning of New Year's Day to welcome the new year.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Celebration ; CUSTOM ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Japan ; Japanese ; New Year ; Otoso ; Rice ; Rice Wine ; Sake ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, FAMILIES OF POLISH ORIGIN TRAVEL TO
THE HOMES OF THEIR MOTHERS AND SHARE IN A MEAL OF WINE
AND UNLEAVENED BREAD. THIS SHOULD BRING HEALTH AND
HAPPINESS INTO THEIR LIVES. IT ALSO SHOWS THEIR LOVE FOR
THEIR MOTHERS.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER, ANNE, COLLECTED THIS FROM A FRIEND, MARJORIE
COSMAN, WHO IS OF POLISH ANCESTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 11-00-1963

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HARD CIDER

WHEN I WAS AN UNDERGRADUATE AND LIVED IN THE DORMITORY, EVERY
FALL A GROUP OF THE FELLOWS AND MYSELF WOULD MAKE A TREK
OUT TO ONE OF THE CIDER MILLS JUST OUTSIDE THE GREATER
DETROIT AREA. IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE GET FRESH, UNTREATED,
NON-HOMOGENIZED CIDER BECAUSE WE INTENDED TO LET IT FERMENT,
OR "GET HARD." WE'D BRING THE CIDER BACK BY THE GALLONS
AND ADD A SMALL BOX OF RAISINS TO EACH PLASTIC GALLON JUG.
IN TWO WEEKS THAT CIDER WOULD BE STRONG ENOUGH TO CURL
YOUR HAIR. WE NEVER HID IT (IT WAS AGAINST UNIVERSITY
REGULATIONS TO HAVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN ONE'S ROOM).
THE DORM ADVISORS SAW IT, BUT NEVER REALIZED HOW HARD IT WAS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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ITALIAN AMERICAN WINE MAKING

CARLO FRISINO, OF ITALIAN HERITAGE, MAKES HIS OWN WINE
EACH YEAR IN KEEPING WITH THE ITALIAN CUSTOM OF WINE-MAKING.
MR. FRISINO IS LIVING IN TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS CARLO FRISINO'S GRANDSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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SPILLING WINE IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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IF A WOMAN WALKED INTO A ROOM WHERE BEER WAS
FERMENTING, AND SHE WAS IN HER MONTHLY PERIOD,
YOU'D HAVE A SPOILED BATCH OF BEER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RELATED BELIEF BUT DID NOT HOLD
CREDENCE IN IT HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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IF YOU DRINK BEER WITH WATERMELON IT WILL TURN TO STONE IN
YOUR STOMACH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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FARM HOUSE LEGEND

ONE NIGHT WHEN WE WERE UP NORTH WE DECIDED TO GO DRINKING, SO WE
STOPPED AT THIS OPEN CLEARING IN THE WOODS. THERE WAS A FARM
HOUSE ACROSS THE FIELD; WE COULD SEE THE LIGHT. IT WAS A LARGE
FLOOD LIGHT. WELL, AFTER A WHILE WE LOOKED AND THAT LIGHT HAD
MOVED. AT LEAST, WE THOUGHT IT DID. BUT IT COULDN'T HAVE, SO
WE DIDN'T MAKE ANYTHING OF IT. BUT LATER ON, THAT LIGHT HAD
MOVED AGAIN. WE SAT THERE AND WATCHED IT CIRCLE US UNTIL IT
WENT BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED FROM AND STOPPED. WE FIGURED WE'D
HAD ENOUGH TO DRINK AND GOT THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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FARM HOUSE LEGEND

ONE NIGHT WHEN WE WERE UP NORTH WE DECIDED TO GO DRINKING, SO WE
STOPPED AT THIS OPEN CLEARING IN THE WOODS. THERE WAS A FARM
HOUSE ACROSS THE FIELD; WE COULD SEE THE LIGHT. IT WAS A LARGE
FLOOD LIGHT. WELL, AFTER A WHILE WE LOOKED AND THAT LIGHT HAD
MOVED. AT LEAST, WE THOUGHT IT DID. BUT IT COULDN'T HAVE, SO
WE DIDN'T MAKE ANYTHING OF IT. BUT LATER ON, THAT LIGHT HAD
MOVED AGAIN. WE SAT THERE AND WATCHED IT CIRCLE US UNTIL IT
WENT BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED FROM AND STOPPED. WE FIGURED WE'D
HAD ENOUGH TO DRINK AND GOT THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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HOME STAIN REMOVER

USE CORN STARCH ON A FRESH STAIN TO REMOVE THE STAIN
 

Submitter comment:

I've seen corn starch remove a red wine stain from a white carpet.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Corn Starch ; Domesticity ; Household ; Stain ; Stain Remover ; Tip ; TRICK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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