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KNOWLEDGE BUMP

AS THE BARBER WAS CUTTING MY HAIR HE NOTICED THAT I HAVE
A NATURAL BUMP ON THE LOWER BACK PART OF MY SKULL.
WHEN HE NOTICED THIS HE COMMENTED THAT I HAVE A "KNOWLEDGE BUMP".

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; BARBER SHOP ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 09-18-1969

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HUMAN DEFORMATION

MAYANS PUT BOARDS ON THEIR BABIES' HEADS SO THAT THE HEAD
WOULD COME TO A POINT. THIS WAS DONE TO MAKE THE
CHILDREN MORE BEAUTIFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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GOOD LUCK FOR A SAILOR

SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH A THIN VEIL OF SKIN OVER THEIR FACES.
SAILORS WILL PAY A GREAT PRICE FOR THIS SKIN BECAUSE
IT WILL PREVENT SHIPWRECK WHILE ON A JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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ONE'S CHARACTER SHOWS IN HIS FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 04-01-1970

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PREDICTION DIVINATION BELIEF

IF YOU TOUCH THE SOFT SPOT ON A BABY'S HEAD, THE ROOF OF HIS MOUTH
WILL CAVE IN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, GRACIA ESQUIVEL WHO IS A
HOUSEWIFE OF 23.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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TO GET RID OF THE HICCUPS, COUNT TO TEN, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND THINK
OF TEN BALD MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Cure for a headache

If you have a headache, put cold water on your wrists and it
should disappear.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001970S

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It was believed that when an infant had a head cold, you would
mix vaseline and nutmeg together and place it in the mole {hole?}
of the infant's head, because it was soft and the head had not
closed completely. So the home remedy could work better and get
the baby well faster.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): fallen fontanel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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If you make a strange face and someone hits you on the back,
your face will stay in that position forever.

Submitter comment: This saying is popular among grade school age children.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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This is a saying I learned from my mother when I was younger:
"If you keep making that expression your face will freeze like
that." What she meant by this was that if I continually made a
certain expression my face would someday freeze with that
expression on it. She said this to me through my childhood and
still says it to me today. I think it was her way to keep me
from making faces. Unfortunately, it has not worked!

James Callow comment: Cf. Hand, North Carolina no. 172.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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When I was younger my mother always used to tell me to never
go outside with a wet head in the winter because my head would
freeze and I would catch a cold.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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Remedy for cold or flu

Place camphorated oil in the fontella (soft spot on baby's
head) and on the bottom of the feet of the baby to get rid of any
fever in the body.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Fontanel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Plant

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ERASER TAG

PLAYED IN THE CLASSROOM. ONE PERSON IS IT. HE HAS
AN ERASER PLACED ON HIS HEAD. THE OBJECT IS TO TAG
SOMEONE WITHOUT LETTING THE ERASER FALL OFF.
GAME GOES UNTIL SOMEONE IS TAGGED OR IT GIVES UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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A CHILD BORN WITH A "CZEPEK" (FILM ON INFANT'S HEAD)
IS ALWAYS LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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IF A LEAF FALLS ON YOUR HEAD, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GAVE NO REASON WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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DON'T LOOK THROUGH A BROKEN MIRROR OR YOUR FACE WILL
WRINKLE EARLY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-08-1967

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IF YOU HAVE PIERCED EARS AND WEAR EARRINGS WITH A
GOLD BASE, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE HEADACHES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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MAKING OF A FUNNY OR UGLY FACE WHILE OUTDOORS IN COLD
WEATHER, MAY CAUSE YOUR FACE TO FREEZE IN THAT
POSITION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED THIS TO SCARE HER CHILDREN.

Data entry tech comment: IF WE POUTED OR MADE A FACE AT SOMEONE, OUR MOTHER USED
TO SAY THIS ALSO, REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.--PAC
I BELIEVE, IT WAS TO DISCOURAGE THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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BROKEN BREAD

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN RURAL BULGARIA, THE OLDEST PERSON
IN THE HOUSEHOLD BREAKS A FRESH LOAF OF BREAD OVER
HIS HEAD. IF WHEN THE LOAF BREAKS, THE LARGEST
CHUNK REMAINS IN THE RIGHT HAND, THERE WILL BE GOOD
HARVEST FORTHCOMING. THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOD HARVEST
IF THE LARGEST PIECE OF BREAD BREAKS INTO HIS LEFT
HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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IF YOU STAND IN FRONT OF A MIRROR AT 12 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT
WITH IT COMPLETELY DARK AND REPEAT TWELVE TIMES, "I DON'T
BELIEVE IN THE BELL WITCH," SHE WILL SCRATCH YOU ON THE
FACE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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