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WHEN I WAS ABOUT FOURTEEN, WHEN WE WOULD EAT AN APPLE
WITH A STEM ON IT, WE WOULD TWIST THE APPLE HOLDING
THE STEM IN THE OTHER HAND. WITH EACH TWIST, A
LETTER WAS NAMED. WHEN THE STEM CAME OFF ON A PARTI-
CULAR LETTER, THAT WAS THE INITIAL OF YOUR FUTURE
BOYFRIEND'S FIRST NAME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS THAT THIS FAD LASTED FOR ABOUT FOUR
YEARS (1964-1968).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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BEFORE EATING AN APPLE, TURN THE APPLE CORE STUB
SAYING A LETTER OF THE ALPHABET FOR EACH TURN.
WHEN THE STUB BREAKS OFF, YOU THINK OF A BOY (OR
GIRL) WHOSE INITIAL BEGINS WITH THE LETTER YOU
SAID WHEN THE STUB BROKE. THE FIRST ONE YOU
THINK OF IS THE PERSON YOU LOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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PEEL AN APPLE SO THE SKIN COMES OFF IN ONE LONG
SPIRAL. SWING THE PEEL OVER YOUR HEAD AND LET
IT GO AS YOU TURN ON YOUR LEFT HEEL. THE PEEL WILL
BREAK AND LAND ON THE FLOOR IN THE PATTERN OF
YOUR TRUE LOVE'S INITIALS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND HER FRIENDS DID THIS WITHOUT MUCH FAITH
WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL IN GROSSE POINTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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TO FIND OUT WHO YOUR TRUE LOVE IS, TWIST THE STEM
ON AN APPLE AND SAY THE ALPHABET. WHATEVER LETTER
YOU SAY AS THE STEM BREAKS, IS THE INITIAL OF YOUR
SWEETHEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TWIST THE STEM OF AN APPLE AND GO THROUGH THE
ALPHABET, GIVING ONE LETTER TO EACH TWIST, THE
LETTER OF THE TWIST WHICH BROKE THE STEM IS THE
FIRST LETTER OF YOUR TRUE LOVE'S NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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TWIST THE STEM OF AN APPLE AND FOR EACH TURN SAY A
LETTER OF THE ALPHABET. WHEN THE STEM BREAKS OFF,
THINK OF A GUY YOU KNOW WHOSE NAME BEGINS WITH THAT
LETTER AND YOU WILL MARRY HIM.

Submitter comment: INFORMAND LEARNED THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 02-11-1971

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BEFORE EATING AN APPLE OR PEAR, OR ANY FRUIT WITH A
STEM, TWIST THE STEM WHILE RECITING THE ALPHABET, ONE
LETTER FOR EACH FULL TURN. THE LETTER AT WHICH THE
STEM BREAKS OFF IS ONE OF THE INITIALS OF
YOUR "ONLY TRUE LOVE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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BY TWISTING THE STEM OF AN APPLE, AND CALLING OFF
ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET FOR EACH TURN, YOU CAN
DETERMINE THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR TRUE LOVE'S
NAME BY THE LETTER THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE TURN THAT
BREAKS THE STEM OFF OF THE APPLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RMEMBERS THIS FROM CHILDHOOD IN THE
UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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TAKE AN APPLE, GRAB HOLD OF THE STEM, AND BEGIN TURNING
IT IN ONE DIRECTION, SAYING ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET
WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE TURN OF THE STEM. WHENEVER THE
STEM BREAKS OFF, THE LETTER THAT YOU ARE ON IS THE
INITIAL OF THE FIRST NAME OF SOMEONE (BOY'S NAME FOR
A GIRL AND A GIRL'S NAME FOR A BOY) WHO LIKES YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS ; GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IF YOU DROP A SUGAR CUBE INTO HOT WATER, THE END THAT
DIPS IN FIRST IS POINTING IN THE DIRECTION THAT YOUR
TRUE LOVE LIVES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHO WAS BROUGHT UP
IN A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY IN WHICH SHE FIRST
HEARD THIS PREDICTION ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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IF YOU TAKE AN APPLE AND TURN THE STEM RECITING ONE
LETTER OF THE ALPHABET FOR EVERY TURN OF THE STEM,
THEN THE LETTER ON WHICH THE STEM BREAKS OFF IS THE
FIRST LETTER OF YOUR GIRLFRIEND'S NAME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE YOUNG LADIES OF RUTH'S NEIGHBORHOOD EAGERLY AWAIT
APPLE SEASON SO THAT THEY CAN BAKE PIES AND CAKES AND
STRUDELS. IN ORDER TO MAKE THESE, THE APPLES MUST
BE PEELED. PARING OR PEELING IS A TRICKY SKILL. IF
THEY CAN SUCCESSFULLY PARE THE WHOLE APPLE WITHOUT
BREAKING OR CUTTING THE PEELING, THEN THEY THROW
THE PEEL OVER THEIR LEFT SHOULDERS. THEY BELIEVE
THE PEEL WILL FALL SO THAT THE INITIAL OF THEIR
BELOVED IS FORMED.

Submitter comment: I ONLY PRESUME THAT SOME OF THE PIES, CAKES,
DUMPLINGS, AND STRUDELS WENT TO THE BELOVED.

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK ; ILLINOIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 04-08-1967

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