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A REMEDY

TO HEAL A BURN, PUT SALIVA ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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HOW TO REMOVE A FOREIGN OBJECT FROM YOUR EYE.

WHEN A FOREIGN OBJECT ENTERS YOUR EYE, PULL THE UPPER EYE LID
OF THE AFFLICTED EYE RAPIDLY AND REPEATEDLY. WHILE PULLING THE
EYE LID, SPIT CONTINUOUSLY. THIS PROCEDURE ALLOWS YOU TO SPIT
THE FOREIGN OBJECT FROM YOUR EYE.

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD, THE INFORMANT BELIEVED THAT THIS CURE WAS EFFECTIVE.
NOW, BOTH THE INFORMANT AND I REGARD THIS CURE AS AN EXAMPLE OF
IMAGINATION.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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EXPECTANT MOTHER

WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD,
I WENT SHOPPING WITH MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IN A VILLAGE IN LEBANON.
WE CAME ACROSS A VENDOR WITH A MONKEY. WHEN I NOTICED THE MONKEY,
I TOLD MY MOTHER-IN-LAW TO LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT WAS. SHE WAS
HORRIFIED! "SPIT, SHE YELLED, "QUICK, SPIT!
WHEN I ASKED WHY, SHE SAID IF I DIDN'T SPIT, THE BABY WOULD COME
OUT LOOKING LIKE A MONKEY.
"THAT'S A RIDICULLOUS SUPERSTITION," I TOLD HER, "I DON'T BELIEVE
IT AND I WON'T SPIT."
WHEN SHE TURNED HER BACK I QUICKLY SPIT -- JUST IN CASE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): PRAISE ; SPITTLE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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IT SEEMS THAT ONE NIGHT RAY ROWLAND, MY ROOMMATE AND A
HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY OF HIS WERE IN THE ROOM. SOMETHING
HAD HAPPENED ABOUT WHICH THEY FELT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF
PRIDE, I GUESS. THE NEXT THING I SAW WAS RAY AND JERRY
APPROACHING EACH OTHER AS IF TO SHAKE HANDS. BUT WHAT
HAPPENED WAS DEFINITELY A HANDSHAKE IN THE NORMAL SENSE
OF THE WORD, ANYHOW. WITH THEIR RIGHT HANDS, THEY
TOUCHED THUMBS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE TOPS OF THE HANDS
FACED EACH OTHER. THEN THE HANDS SWUNG AROUND AND THE
BOTTOMS TOUCHED, THUMBS STILL TOUCHING. UPON THE
RELEASE OF THE THUMBS, THE HANDS SLIPPED OFF EACH OTHER.
NEXT CAME A SNAP OF THE FINGERS, FOLLOWED BY A SLAP OF THE
RIGHT LEG. THE HAND THEN CAME UP TO THE MOUTH FOR A
SMALL AMOUNT OF MOISTURE ON THE MIDDLE FINGER TO BE
APPLIED TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD ABOVE THE EAR.
I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. I LAUGHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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