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BLACK TAR FOR TEETH

WE USED TO CHEW BLACK TAR BECAUSE THEY SAID IT WAS GOOD FOR OUR
TEETH.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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WHEN PARENTS WANT TO MAKE THEIR SONS EAT VEGETABLES, THEY TELL
THEM IT WILL PUT HAIR ON THEIR CHEST,

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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BREAD BELIEF

EATING THE CRUST OF BREAD MAKES YOUR HAIR CURLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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CARROTS BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER OF FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOUR EYES WILL SPARKLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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PLANTING BELIEF

IF A ROSE IS TO BE STARTED FROM A CUTTING, THE CUTTING SHOULD
BE STUCK IN A POTATO AND THEN PLANTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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SPINACH BELIEF

SPINACH IS THE BROOM OF THE STOMACH, FOR IT CLEANSES AND PURIFIES
THAT ORGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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FOOD BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH, YOU WILL HAVE LONG HAIR AND ROSY CHEEKS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT GREEN VEGETABLES, THEY WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR THICK
AND GROW FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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PLANT GROWTH BELIEF

PUT BREWED COFFEE GROUNDS IN YOUR ROSES TO HELP THEM GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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GARLIC BELIEF

HANG GARLIC OVER YOUR WINDOW TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-17-1971

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GARLIC BELIEF

HANG GARLIC IN THE KITCHEN TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT YELLOW VEGETABLES LIKE CARROTS, SQUASH, WAX BEANS,
YOUR EYES WILL BE STRONG AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD VISION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): VITAMIN A CONTENT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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PLANT

CARROTS ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOUR EYES, THEY JUST MAKE
EYELASHES GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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SPINACH BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH YOU WILL HAVE ROSY CHEEKS AND CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER OFTEN TOLD THE FAMILY THIS TO GET THEM
TO EAT THIS DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE
DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARBOR BEACH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS IT WILL GIVE YOU CURLY HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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HAIR ON CHEST

WHEN I WAS SSMAL, MY FATHER TRIED TO CONVINCE
ME TO EAT SOME DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE BY TELLING ME IT WOULD
PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PLANT BELIEF

TOMATOS ARE SEX APHRODISIACS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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