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NOT GIVEN

ONCE IN A HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, A GIRL WAS TAKING A BATH AND
THE DOOR WAS LOCKED. SOMEONE HAD COME IN AND CUT OFF THE GIRL'S
LEG AND HER TONGUE. SHE MADE A NOISE LIKE THIS: BUMP AH-AH,
BUMP AH-AH.
THE BUMP WAS HER TRYING TO WALK AND THE AH-AH WAS HER TRYING TO
TALK. EVEN THOUGH THE GIRL DIED THE MOTHER CONTINUED TO HEAR
THAT SOUND LONG AFTERWARDS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME WHILE WE WERE HAVING RECESS. JUDITH'S MOTHER
TOLD IT TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BUCK TEETH

WHEN WE WAS DOWN SOUTH (MOUNT IDA, ARKANSAS), THERE WAS A FRIEND
OF MINE USED TO TELL ABOUT A FELLA HE KNEW. HE HAD BUCK TEETH
SO BAD HE COULD EAT CORN ON THE COB THROUGH A SCREEN DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

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IF A CHILD'S TOOTH HAS JUST BEEN TAKEN OUT, HE WILL
IMMEDIATELY GET ON TOP OF THE ROOF FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

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

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Roof Ceiling
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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A BLISTER ON THE TONGUE MEANS YOU HAVE TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 03-18-1968

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A BLISTER ON YOUR TONGUE, MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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A MALE CHILD WHOSE FRONT UPPER PERMANENT TEETH CAME IN
GAPPED, WILL BECOME WEALTHY IN LATER LIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A DENTIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 10-22-1965

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POLISH PLAY RHYME

ABRAHAM NIE HADZ TAM BO CIE MISZKA ZROBI HAM. TRANSLATION: ABRAHAM
DON'T GO THERE, CAUSE THE MOUSE WILL DO YOU HARM. ACCOMPANYING
GESTURE: MOTHER TOUCHES BABY'S FACE IN VARIOUS PLACES AND AT THE
WORD HAM (HARM) PUTS HER FINGER INTO THE CHILD'S MOUTH SO THAT
HE CAN BITE ON IT WHEN TEETHING.

Submitter comment: SPELLING AND TRANSLATION CAME FROM INFORMANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-20-1974

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LUCK

IF YOU LIE A BUMP WILL GROW ON YOUR TONGUE OR YOU WILL ACCIDENTALLY
BITE YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): LYING ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA11001973

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BELIEF

IF YOU TAKE A DRINK OF NEW HOLY WATER ON EASTER SUNDAY YOU WILL NOT
GET ANYTHING CAUGHT IN YOUR THROAT THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A BELIEF THAT SEEMS TO BE HELD MOSTLY BY ELDER CATHOLIC
WOMEN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; HAZELTON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001960S

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SORE THROAT

IF YOU TIE GARLIC AROUND YOUR NECK IT WILL CURE A SORE THROAT

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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SORE THROAT

A CURE FOR A SORE THROAT IS TO PLACE RAW BACON IN A RAG AND WRAP
IT AROUND YOUR NECK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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A PERSON WHO LIES A GREAT DEAL IS SAID TO HAVE A FORKED TONGUE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS ALL MY LIFE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S TO 00001972

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THE GOOD FAIRY

WHEN AS A CHILD YOU LOSE A TOOTH, IF YOU PUT IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW
THE SAME NIGHT, THE GOOD FAIRY WILL COME AND TAKE THE TOOTH AND
REPLACE IT WITH MONEY.

Submitter comment: KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER CARDS ON THE TOOTH
FAIRY IN THE CARD FILES. THEY ARE ALL ESSENTIALLY THE SAME, WITH
SOME DIFFERENCES AS TO THE REWARD. IT COULD BE GOLD, OR A PRESENT
OF SOME SORT, OR MONEY SUCH AS DIMES AND QUARTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE GOOD FAIRY

WHEN YOU LOSE A TOOTH, YOU PLACE IT IN A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE
GOING TO BED. UPON AWAKENING THE GOOD FAIRY WILL HAVE REPLACED
THE TOOTH FOR A DIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

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THE TOOTH-FAIRY RAT

WHEN A LITTLE CHILD LOSES A TOOTH, THE WHITE RAT WILL COME IF HE
PUTS HIS TOOTH UNDER THE PILLOW. IF HES BEEN GOOD, THE WHITE RAT
WILL LEAVE HIM MONEY, OR A FIG, OR AN ORANGE. IF HE HASNT BEEN
GOOD, THE WHITE RAT WILL LEAVE HIM A LUMP OF COAL, OR A ROCK, OR
SOMETHING THAT'S USELESS. SO IF YOU ARE A SMART BAD KID, YOU WON'T
PUT YOUR TOOTH UNDER THE PILLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

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PROVERB

A CLOSED MOUTH CATCHES NO FLIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY ; INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOSSIP ; OBSERVATION ; PUN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPIT ON EACH GRAIN OF CORN THAT WAS PLANTED, THE CORN
WOULD GROW TALL AND BEAR WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 01-31-1971

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ESKIMO BELIEF

GOOD WIFELY ESKIMOS ARE KNOWN TO CHEW THEIR HUSBAND'S BOOTS
IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM SOFT FOR THE MEN TO WEAR.
THIS IS WHY THEIR TEETH ARE CHEWED DOWN TO A BARE MINIMUM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN IT WAS A POPULAR PRACTICE TO PUT
YOUR TOOTH WHICH HAD FALLEN OUT UNDER YOUR PILLOW. WE BELIEVED
THAT THE FAIRY GODMOTHER TOOK IT AND REPLACE IT, USUALLY WITH
A DIME OR QUARTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TOOTH FAIRY

Subject headings: Daily Life
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOLY COMMUNION

WHEN I WAS 8 I BELIEVED IF I CHEWED THE HOST, MY TEETH WOULD ROT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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