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GIRL STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES

ONE NIGHT THIS MAN WAS WALKING ALONG IN THE FOREST AND HE SAW
THREE MEN COMING CARRYING A COFFIN. (THERE ARE USUALLY FOUR MEN
WHO CARRY A COFFIN ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN IRELAND.) SO HE WENT
UP AND PUT HIS SHOULDER TO THE PLACE WHERE THE FOURTH MAN SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. WELL, THEY STOPPED AND HE SAT DOWN TO REST AND FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN HE WOKE UP THE THREE MEN WERE GONE BUT THE COFFIN
WAS THERE, AND HE OPENED IT AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
IT. SHE WAS STILL ALIVE SO HE TOOK HER HOME WITH HIM, BUT SHE
COULDN'T TALK. WELL, SOME TIME LATER HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SAME WOODS AND HE HEARD THESE VOICES TALKING. "IT WAS RIGHT HERE.
HE TOOK HER AWAY FROM US," THEY SAID. "IT'S TOO BAD HE DOESN'T
KNOW THAT SHE HAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND IF HE TAKES IT OUT SHE'LL
BE ABLE TO HEAR AND TO TALK." SO HE RAN HOME, AND SURE ENOUGH,
THERE WAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND WHEN HE TOOK IT OUT SHE BEGAN TO
TALK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001915 CA

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LARGE EARS DENOTES A GENEROUS NATURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 01-29-1970

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IF YOU HAVE BIG EARLOBES YOU ARE GENEROUS.
IF YOU HAVE SMALL EARLOBES YOU ARE STINGY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 11-07-1968

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DIRTY EARS GROW POTATOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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EAR

IF YOU BLOW IN SOMEONE'S EAR,
THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU ANYWHERE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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BELIEF

THE EAR IS A LESS TRUSTWORTHY WITNESS
THAN THE EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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METHOD TO IMPROVE EYESIGHT

A BABY'S EARS WERE PIERCED SO THAT
THE CHILD'S EYESIGHT WOULD BE STRONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 09-15-1960

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BELIEF IN PART OF THE BODY

IF YOU TELL A LIE YOUR EARS WILL WIGGLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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BELIEF ABOUT CLEFT IN CHIN

IF YOU HAVE A CLEFT IN YOUR CHIN-
YOU ARE HONEST, CLEAN CUT, AND ALL AMERICAN.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; CLEAN CUT ; HONESTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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EAR ITCHING

IF YOUR RIGHT EAR ITCHES OR TINGLES,
IT MEANS SOMEONE IS SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU.
IF THIS OCCURS IN YOUR LEFT EAR, IT MEANS SOMEONE,
SOMEWHERE, IS TALKING AGAINST YOU.

Data entry tech comment: SEVERAL CARDS IN ARCHIVE CONTAIN SAME COMMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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EAR ITCHING

IF YOUR EAR ITCHES (EITHER ONE)
YOU WILL HEAR SOME GOSSIP SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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GOOD AND BAD OMEN

IF YOUR LEFT EAR RINGS, BAD NEWS IS ON THE WAY,
IF YOUR RIGHT EAR RINGS, GOOD NEWS WILL COME SOON.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MY MOTHER WHO,
WHEN I COMPLAINED OF MY EARS RINGING,
RELATED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS AS TOLD HER BY HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: SEVERAL CARDS ARE IN ARCHIVE REGARDING SAME COMMENT.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

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EAR IS RINGING

IF YOUR EAR IS RINGING, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 12-00-1982

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A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SICK.
A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE HAS DIED.
IF THE SECOND TOE OF A WOMAN IS LONGER THAN HER LARGE TOE,
SHE WILL HENPECK HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOUR EARS ARE RINGING, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001970S

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MY GRANDMOTHER EXPLAINED THAT IN ITALY, WHERE SHE WAS BORN,
IT WAS A PRACTICE TO PIERCE THE EARS OF LITTLE BABIES, BOTH
BOYS AND GIRLS. THE BELIEF BEHIND THIS CUSTOM WAS THAT IT
WOULD HELP TO MAINTAIN GOOD HEARING FOR THE CHILD THROUGHOUT
HIS OR HER LIFE.

Submitter comment: I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THIS WAS SUCH A HIGHLY
RESPECTED CUSTOM FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS, BECAUSE NOW WE
SOMETIMES THINK IT STRANGE FOR A MAN TO HAVE A PIERCED EAR.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND STARTING THE "TALK ON THE
PHONE ALL NIGHT STAGE," MY MOTHER WOULD YELL AT ME
TO GET OFF THE PHONE BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO GET A
CAULIFLOWER EAR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VEGETABLES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001975CA ; 11-00-1985

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IF YOUR EAR IS RINGING, SOMEONE
IS TALKING ABOUT YOU. IF YOUR
EAR IS BURNING THEN THE TALK IS
BAD.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO GREG BY ONE OF HIS
RELATIVES WHEN HE SAID THAT
HIS EAR WAS RINGING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001970S

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When a person hears a bell ringing in the ear, particurally a
short quick ring, means a person is going to die. The ringing
noise is called a death bell.

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Pull your ear if you're talking about a dead person so by doing
this it will keep the evil spirit away.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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