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TOOTHACHE CURE
IN VIRGINIA, THEY TAKE THE PATIENT BEFORE SUNRISE TO A
CHURCHYARD, WHERE HE MUST SIT DOWN UNDER A FIR TREE. THEN
THEY MAKE WITH A KNIFE AN INCIISION IN THE TREE AND PEEL OFF THE
BARK. THE GUMS ARE SCRATCHED TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING, AND AFTER
INSERTING A FEW DROPS OF THE BLOOD INTO THE TREE WOUND, THEY RE-
TURN THE BARK TO ITS PLACE. NO THIRD PERSON SHOULD BE ALLOWED
TO WITNESS THE PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 00001930S

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TOOTHACHE CURE
THE GERMANS BORE A HOLE IN A TREE AND CHEW, WHILE STANDING NEAR THE
TREE, A PIECE OF BREAD WITH THE AILING TOOTH; ONE-HALF OF THE BREAD
IS SWALLOWED, THE OTHER HALF IS PLUGGED INTO THE HOLE, DURING
WHICH PROCEDURE THE PATIENT SAYS? 'TREE, I GIVE THEE ONE-HALF
OF WHAT I POSSESS; TAKE FROM ME ALL OF MY PAIN AND CONDUCT IT TO
THE GROUND.'

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING ; TRANSFERENCE

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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Superstition

If a member of the family dies, a hole should be knocked in
the plaster of the ceiling and a lock of their hair put in it
to prevent the soul from escaping.

Submitter comment: This was learned by the informant from Michael O'Connor, who
was born in County Cork, Ireland. He was my great grandfather.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001930ca

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To cure asthma, take the child outside and place him/her in
front of a tree on your property. Take a nail and drive it
into the tree at the same level as the top of your child's
head. Make sure the nail can slide in and out of the hole
easily, so that the hole will remain a permanent part of the
tree. If it closes up repeat the process, every year until
the asthma goes away.

Submitter comment: The informant told me that since most children outgrow asthma
as they enter adolescence this is done for only two years
maybe before it is believed that this has cured him/her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING ; PLUGGING

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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BURY A POTATO IN A CEMETERY AT MIDNIGHT TO RID YOURSELF OF
WARTS.

Data entry tech comment: AFTER RUBBING THE WART WITH IT?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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TO TAKE OFF WARTS, CUT A POTATO IN HALF, RUB THE WART WITH
BOTH HALVES WHILE SAYING SOME MAGIC WORDS (THESE WORDS
AREN'T KNOWN). TIE THE HALVES BACK TOGETHER AND BURY
THEM UNDER THE DRAINPIPE OF THE EAVES. THE WARTS WILL DROP
OFF WHEN THE POTATO HAS ROTTED.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; LA PORTE

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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RUB A RAW POTATO ON A WART AND THEN PLACE POTATO
UNDER A ROCK TO GET RID OF WARTS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001900s

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TO GET RID OF A WART, BURY A POTATO. AS IT DECOMPOSES, THE
WART WILL DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TRIED THIS ON HIM WHEN HE HAD A WART
AND IT WORKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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IF YOU PLANT A POTATO IN THE BACKYARD, BELIEVING THAT
YOUR WARTS WILL GO AWAY, THEY WILL.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RUB A POTATO ON ANY WARTS AND BURY THE POTATO. WHEN THE
POTATO ROTS, THE WARTS WILL DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A BELIEF COMMON IN THE OSWALD FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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TO GET RID OF A WART, RUB A POTATO ON THE WART AND THEN BURY
THE POTATO. WHEN THE POTATO ROTS, THE WART WILL BE GONE.

Submitter comment: FROM MRS. LAWRENCE, OF POLISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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TO CURE A WART, TOUCH A POTATO TO THE WART AND THEN BURY THE
POTATO SOMEPLACE; WHEN THE POTATO ROTS, THE WART WILL
DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: MISS MAYER LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-11-1964

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TO REMOVE WARTS, CUT A POTATO IN HALF, RUB IT ON THE WARTS,
AND THEN BURY IT. IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS THE WART WILL GO
AWAY. EVERY DAY USE HALF A POTATO AND EACH TIME YOU USE
A POTATO BURY IT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER, JENNY TORRANCE,
IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN) IN THE 1890S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 05-12-1965 ; 00001890S

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IN ORDER TO REMOVE A WART, THE PERSON SHOULD RUB IT WITH A
DISHCLOTH AND BURY THE DISHCLOTH IN THE CEMETERY AT
MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COULD RECALL HER MOTHER SAYING THIS, BUT
COULD NOT REMEMBER THE OCCASION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE MOST POPULAR CURE FOR WARTS THAT HE COULD REMEMBER WAS
TO RUB THE WART WITH AN OLD DISHRAG AND THEN BURY THE
DISHRAG. WHEN THE RAG ROTTED AWAY, THE WART WOULD DISAPPEAR.
HE CLAIMS THAT IT ACTUALLY WORKED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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A GOOD CURE FOR WARTS IS TO STEAL YOUR MOTHER'S DISHCLOTH
AND BURY UNDER THE FRONT PORCH, AND THIS SHOULD REMOVE
YOUR WARTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH
DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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RUB A RAW POTATO ON THE WART AND THEN BURY IT.

Submitter comment: SHE DOES NOT REMEMBER WHO TOLD HER THIS. SINCE SHE HAS
TROUBLE WITH WARTS, IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANY NUMBER OF
ASSOCIATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing P760.754

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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REMEDY FOR A WART: WASH WARTS WITH A DIRTY DISHCLOTH AND THEN
BURY IT IN THE BACKYARD.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER TAUGHT HER THE REMEDY.

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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RUB A POTATO ON A WART THEN BURY IT AND IT WILL CURE IT.

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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IF YOU WILL STEAL A DISHCLOTH AND BURY IT UNDER A STEP, WHEN
THE STEP ROTS THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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