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AFTER A PERSON HAS EATEN ALL THE CHICKEN OFF A PULLY-BONE, HE HAS
ANOTHER PERSON TO PULL THE BONE APART WITH HIM UNDER THE
TABLE. THE PERSON THAT GETS THE SHORTEST PIECE WILL MARRY
FIRST. THAT PERSON SHOULD PUT THE SMALL PIECE OF BONE ON
TOP OF THE DOOR FRAME OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE HOUSE.
THE FIRST PERSON OF THE MATCHING (OPPOSITE?) SEX TO COME THROUGH
THE DOOR WILL MARRY THE OWNER OF THE BONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): WISHBONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 04-03-1969

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PULL ON A WISHBONE WITH A FRIEND. WHOEVER GETS THE LONGEST
PIECE WILL MARRY FIRST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BREASTBONE ; FO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, A DOCTOR WHOSE SPECIALTY IS
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, IS CALLED A CARPENTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BONES ; STRAIGHT STRAIGHTEN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 06-15-1973

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CURE FOR FELON:
TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF RED LEAD AND ONE TABLESPOON OF
CASTILE SOAP, MIX THEM WITH AS MUCH WOOL LYE AS WILL
MAKE IT SOFT ENOUGH TO SPREAD LIDE (SIC) A SALVE, AND APPLY
IT ON FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE FELON AND IT WILL CURE IT
IN TWELVE HOURS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): FELON: AN INFECTION OF THE FINGER AROUND THE BONE OR FINGERNAIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-10-1973

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Ghost Belief

A ghost won't enter your house if a camel's bones are buried beneath the doorstep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original letter of the Boggs Number [B429] has been crossed out and replaced with a P.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BONES ; Camel ; GHOST ; House ; Protection ; PROTECTION AGAINST EVIL FORCES ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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Entertainment: Song

Song:

I gave my love a cherry that had no stone.
I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.
I gave my love a ring that had no end.
I gave my love a baby with no crying.

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
How can there be a ring that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no crying?

A cherry when it's bloomin', has no stone.

A chicken when it's pippin', it has no bone.

A ring when it's rollin', it has no end.

A baby when it's sleeping, has no crying.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; Blooming ; Bone ; Cherry ; Chicken ; CRYING ; Entertainment ; Folksong ; MUSIC ; Pippin ; RHYME ; RING ; Rolling ; Sleeping ; SONG ; STONE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE PULL A PULLEY BONE, THE ONE GETTING THE
SHORTER END GETS HIS OR HER WISH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Pulley ; Pulley Bone ; WISH ; WISHBONE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISHBONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 07-06-1973

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Belief

When two people pull a pulleybone, the one getting the shorter end marries first.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; MARRIAGE ; Marry ; Pulley ; Pulley Bone ; Shorter ; WISHBONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,
BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment:

REPLY TO A TAUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): BONES ; Defense ; poem ; Reverse Taunt ; RHYME ; SONG ; Sticks ; STONES ; TAUNT ; WORDS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- P870 P870.570

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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