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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

NEVER HAVE A TOOTH FILLED DURING MENSTRUATION OR IT WILL FALL OUT.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): DENTISTRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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Custom

Method for pulling out baby teeth: tie string around tooth and other end around door and close door.

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Keyword(s): BABY ; CUSTOM ; DENTISTRY ; Door ; Removal ; String ; TEETH ; Tooth

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

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Play on Words

There once was a Texas oilman who went to see his dentist and, when asked which tooth bothered him, he replied, "Oh, drill anywhere. I feel lucky today!"

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He heard it from one of his friends.

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James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Black Gold ; Dentist ; Drilling ; HUMOR ; Oil ; PUN ; Texas

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

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Belief: Medical

Stand in front of house after losing baby tooth and repeat three times:

Little Mouse Little Mouse
Give me an iron tooth
For this bone tooth.

Then the tooth is thrown over the house in hope that new tooth is stronger.

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Original BN [P700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Verse?

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Dentist ; House ; MEDICAL ; Mouse ; SUPERSTITION ; TEETH ; Tooth ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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