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TOM: IS YOUR NOSE ON STRIKE?
JERRY: YES.
TOM: PICK IT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN PICKET

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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Food: Recipe

Bread and Butter Pickles

1 gallon firm cucumbers (sliced thin crosswise)

2 green peppers (seeded and sliced)

8 small white onions

Prepare 1 quart of crushed ice. Place these in layers with 1/2 cup of salt. Cover in weighted lid and place in refrigerator for 3 hours. Drain after 3 hours, add to syrup made of:

5 cups white vinegar

5 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground mustard seed

1 tsp celery seed

Stir mixture while heating - dissolve sugar. Add vegetables - heat slowly. Scald , DO NOT BOIL.

Place pickles in sterilized jars at once and seal.

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Keyword(s): Cucumber ; FOOD ; Pickles ; RECIPE ; VINEGAR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Menstrual

Menstrual:

Pickling: you can't pickle beans or make kraut while on your period or it will ruin.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P535] crossed out.

Submission card found in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canning ; COOKING ; FOOD ; MENSES ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Pickling ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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Trick

Game:

A guy will tell a girl that he is a handwriting expert and will ask her for a sample of her handwriting. He will say that all he needs is something short, like her name. This is a sneaky way for him to get her name.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [C500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON ; Ray Ridge Chevrolet

Keyword(s): ; COURTSHIP ; DATING ; GAME ; Graphology ; Handwriting ; Pick-up Line ; TRICK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship

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Proverb

Draft beer not students.

Submitter comment:

Sit-ins.

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James Callow comment:

[Common saying at sit-ins and picket lines.]

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:5ZM

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; BEER ; Beverages ; COLLEGE ; DRINK ; DRINKING ; Picket Line ; Protest ; Sit-In ; Students

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beggars can't be choosers.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at home.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beg ; Beggar ; Choose ; Chooser ; Grateful ; Maxim ; Picky ; PROVERB ; Spoiled ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beggars cannot be choosers.

Submitter comment:

Informant remembers her mother telling her this in Detroit in the early 1930's.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beggar ; Chooser ; Greedy ; Maxim ; Picky ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN PICKS FRUIT FROM A TREE, THE TREE
WILL WITHER.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Die ; FOOD ; FRUIT ; HARVEST ; Kill ; Pick ; PREGNANCY ; Tree ; Wither

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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PICKING UP HEAVY OBJECTS CAUSES BREECH BIRTH.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Breech ; Heavy ; Lifting ; Picking Up ; POSITION ; PREGNANCY ; WEIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-13-1973

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER , MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Picking Nose ; Rumor ; TEACHER ; Tie

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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