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HICCUP

HICCUP CURES I'VE LEARNED WHICH MOSTLY DON'T WORK (EXCEPT THE FIRST)
HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR 2 MINUTES.
BREATHE INTO A BAG.
BLOW UP A BALLOON.
DRINK WATER CONTINUOUSLY FOR TWENTY SECONDS.
PUT YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR LEGS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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HICCUPS

TO CURE THE HICCUPS, BREATHE TWENTY TIMES INTO A BROWN PAPER BAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-13-1965

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IF YOU DON'T CHEW YOUR FOOD TWENTY TWO TIMES BEFORE YOU
SWALLOW, YOU WILL GET FAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1985 ; 00-00-1970

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For Warts

Apply castor oil night and morning to the wart.
Rub the wart vigorously 20 times, exactly, so
that the oil is worked well into the skin.
Do this until the wart disappears.

Submitter comment: From the doctoring book of Florida Amanda
Pearce, last mistress of Springhill Plantation,
before the Civil War. (More at Informant Profile.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001940CA

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Emergency Phone Calls

When I was a child, I always wore Penny Loafers. My mother would
put dimes in the penny slots of my shoes, just so that I would always
have twenty cents to make a phone call in case of an emergency.

Submitter comment: The dimes I was forced to wear helped me out of a difficult
situation more than once.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): Telephone call, price of

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20

Date learned: 00001980CA

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