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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS NOTHING BUT HOLES TIED TO HOLES, BUT IS STRONG AS STEEL?
A: A CHAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) METAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO HELP ARTHRITIS, PLACE 10 NEEDLES IN A JAR OF VINEGAR.
TEN DAYS LATER THE NEEDLES WILL DISSOLVE AND THEN THIS LIQUID
CAN BE USED AS A MEDICINE. TO BE APPLIED EXTERNALLY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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TO FIND OUT IF A PERSON IS A WITCH, PUT A PAIR OF
OPEN SCISSORS UNDER HER CHIN AND IF SHE IS A WITCH,
SHE CAN'T GET OUT OF THE CHAIR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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ALWAYS IRON BEFORE GOING TO BED SO YOUR HANDS WILL NOT HAVE
TO TOUCH WATER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THIS
TASK. IF YOUR HANDS TOUCH WATER AFTER IRONING, SOME
UNFORTUNATE OCCURRENCE WILL BEFALL YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS PRACTICED BY A MEXICAN GIRL WHO LIVED

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

James Callow Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ENEMY HEX

IF YOU HAD AN ENEMY, SOMEBODY YOU REALLY DIDN'T LIKE, THEN
YOU TOOK A NAIL AND NAILED IT IN THE GROUND SAYING HIS NAME
OVER AND OVER. SOMETHING BAD WOULD SURELY HAPPEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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IF A PERSON WISHES TO HARM AN ENEMY, HE MAY GO TO A ROOT
DOCTOR OR A WITCH WHO WILL WORK A SPELL OVER A NAIL.
THE NAIL IS THEN DRIVEN INTO A TREE. THE TREE IS GIVEN
THE ENEMY'S NAME. THE AMOUNT OF PAIN CAUSED THE ENEMY
IS DETERMINED BY THE DEPTH THE NAIL IS DRIVEN INTO THE
TREE. DRIVING THE NAIL IN A LITTLE DEEPER EACH DAY CAUSES SLOW
TORTURE. THE LOCATION OF PAIN IN THE ENEMY CORRESPONDS TO THE
LOCATION OF THE NAIL IN THE TREE. TO CAUSE PAIN IN THE FOOT,
DRIVE THE NAIL IN THE ROOT, AND SO FORTH. AN ENEMY MAY BE
KILLED BY DRIVING THE NAIL DEEP INTO THE HEART OF THE TREE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): METAL IRON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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IF YOU PUT AN AX UNDER THE BED, IT WILL CUT IN HALF THE PAIN
OF CHILDBIRTH

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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Faerie: Elves and Time Travellers

There is no such thing as "a fairy," but rather "Faerie" is a place - a half-remembered world perhaps existing in another dimension. "Faerie" was inhabited not by faeries but by elves. These Elves were not diminutive, but tall, pale, thin and fair. They were especially noted for their grey eyes. They are unable to touch iron: suggesting that these were early time-travellers unable to come in contact with magnetic sources without "grounding out" of the earthly dimension.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector stamped a home address stamp onto the card in the place of "collector data."

Stamp reads: Mrs.W.E. Givens, Jr.

They then crossed out the Prefix and first initials [Mrs. W.E.] of the name, and wrote an indecipherable scrawl over the suffix [Jr.]. This scrawl may possibly be Rev. or Esq.

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs number P400 was crossed out and P423 was substituted.

Where learned: WALES ; ABERYSTWYTH

Keyword(s): Attributes ; Dimension ; Elf ; Elves ; Faerie ; Fairy ; IRON ; Legend ; Lore ; METAL ; MYTH ; Physics ; Time-Traveler

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Proverb

Everything that glitters is not gold.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classiication.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Glitter ; Gold ; Judgment ; Maxim ; METAL ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Language

Copper is another name for a penny

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Keyword(s): Copper ; Language ; METAL ; MONEY ; Penny ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Method of Cleaning Silverware

Clean aluminum pan. Dissolve in it:

1 teaspoon baking sode

1 teaspoon table salt

Immerse silverware until tarnish is removed. Then rinse in clean, warm water and rub dry with clean soft cloth.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Baking Soda ; Cleaning ; Domestic ; Household ; Ingredients ; METAL ; RECIPE ; Salt ; Silver ; Silverware ; Table Salt

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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