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ITALIAN CUSTOM

ITALIANS OFTEN PIERCED THEIR CHILDREN'S EARS, BELIEVING THAT IT
WAS GOOD FOR THEIR EYES. GOLD HOOPS WERE USED AS EARRINGS.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

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

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TOOTH ACHE BELIEF

IF YOU WEAR TIGHT ROLLERS IN YOUR HAIR, IF WILL GIVE YOU TOOTH ACHES.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION ; TOOTHACHE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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CURE FOR BLEEDING

IF YOU PUT A COLD KEY DOWN YOUR BACK, IT WOULD STOP
BLEEDING - ESPECIALLY NOSE BLEEDING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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REMEDY

KEEP NUTMEG IN YOUR POCKET TO CURE BOILS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S AUNT ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS AND
RECOMMENDED IT TO INFORMANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION ; INFECTION ; SPICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE HE IS A YEAR OLD, THE BABY WILL HAVE
POOR EYESIGHT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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A BABY'S EARS ARE PIERCED SO THAT THE CHILD'S
EYESIGHT WILL BE STRONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

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COUGH

TO CURE A COUGH YOU ROAST AN ONION AND RUB THE SOLES OF THE PATIENT'S
FEET WITH IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; GREENFIELD

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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COUGH

TO CURE A COUGH, DIP THE END OF A SOFT CLOTH IN BRANDY AND RUB THE
SOLES OF THE PATIENT WITH IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; GREENFIELD

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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BIRTH CONTROL METHOD

IF A WOMAN PUTS A BANDAID OVER HER NAVEL SHE WON'T BECOME PREGNANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRACEPTION ; HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

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WEARING BOOTS OR RUBBERS IN THE HOUSE WILL MAKE YOUR EYES GO BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; HIDDEN CONNECTION

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

Date learned: CA02001980

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IF YOU WEAR TENNIS SHOES YOU'LL RUIN YOUR EYESIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER CHILDREN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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Cure for a headache

If you have a headache, put cold water on your wrists and it
should disappear.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001970S

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Rub tomatoes on the bottom of the feet of small children to
cure sore throat.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU PULL A GUINEA PIG'S TAIL HIS EYES WILL
POP OUT.

Submitter comment: THE TROUBLE IS THAT A GUINEA PIG DOESN'T HAVE A TAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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PIERCING THE EARS OF THE NEWBORN WITH NEEDLES INSURES
GOOD EYESIGHT.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; EARS ; EYESIGHT ; Newborn ; Piercing

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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