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A BAG OF CHARMS, CALLED AN ASP, WAS A VERY POPULAR SUPERSTITION
AMONG SOUTHERN BLACKS. IT SUPPOSEDLY KEPT ALL BAD THINGS AWAY FROM
YOU. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GUARD YOUR HEALTH. THE INGREDIENTS,
ALTHOUGH UNKNOWN, WERE VERY FOUL SMELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; ASAFETIDA ? ; NEGRO

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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WARD OFF BAD LUCK

MAKE UP A BAG OF SASFETIDA SUBSTANCE THAT SMELLS AND IT WARDS
OFF BAD LUCK. / YOU WEAR IT AROUND YOUR NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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GET RID OF THOSE BLACK MUSHROOMS
BOIL MUSHROOMS WITH A COIN AND IF THE COIN TURNS BLACK, THE
MUSHROOMS ARE POISONOUS.

Submitter comment:

WE WERE STUDYING ABOUT MUSHROOMS IN MY EDUCATION CLASS, AND
DR. THORDEN MADE THIS STATEMENT IN A JOKING WAY, SO
I WROTE I DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TOADSTOOLS/ UNSAFE PRACTICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

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I REMEMBER THAT MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER WORE WHAT THEY CALLED
A BAG OF FETTI AROUND THEIR NECKS TO HELP CURE A SORE THROAT.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS BAG OF FETTI WAS, BUT I DO KNOW THAT IT
SMELLED REALLY BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001930S

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There is a tale of mistletoe that tells of priests
harvesting it, never letting it touch the ground.
It thereafter was hung over doors and arches as a
sign of welcome to priests, and as a protection
against witches.

Submitter comment: Some priests still practice this for sake of
tradition.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

Keyword(s): SAFETY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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BLASON POPULAIRE

ON TURNPIKES THERE ARE LONG BUMPS ACROSS THE ROAD TO SLOW
MOTORISTS DOWN. THESE ARE CALLED CHINESE STOP SIGNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; PRECAUTION ; SAFETY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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TIE UP SOME ASSAPHOEDITA IN A RAG AND PUT IT AROUND YOUR
CHILDREN'S NECK AND THIS WILL PREVENT HIM FROM CATCHING
ANY DISEASE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

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

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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HANG ASTIFITITY AROUND THE NECK TO KEEP GUMS AWAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA ; GUMS = GUM BOILS?

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

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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ASPHODEL PLANT (ASPHIDITY) WORN AROUND NECK TO WARD OFF
GERMS, MEASLES, ETC. MAGGIE SAID IT WAS WORN TO SCHOOL.
NOW ASPHIDITY SMELLS SO BAD THAT IT WAS PROBABLY WORKING
BECAUSE ALL THE KIDS KEPT THEIR DISTANCES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN
BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): SAFETY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001940S

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Proverb

It is better to be safe than sorry.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Safe ; Sorry ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Better to be safe than sorry.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Safe ; Sorry ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Rhyme

When you get married and have twins

Don't come to me for safety pins.

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Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; BABY ; Language ; Pins ; poem ; RHYME ; SAFETY ; Signature ; TWINS ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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Verse

Nightime Safety:

Sleep tight so the bed bugs don't bite.

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James Callow comment:

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

Keyword(s): Bed ; bugs ; Nighttime ; SAFETY ; Saying ; SLEEP ; Tight ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Custom

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

When you fart if you don't call "Safeties," Everyone calls "Sluggers" and everyone gets to slug you.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [F530] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BODILY FUNCTIONS ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; Fart ; GAME ; Gas ; Play ; SAFETY ; Slugger ; tradition

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER WHEN SWIMMING, YOU SHOULD
BLESS YOURSELF WITH A SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH THE
WATER, TO ENSURE A SAFE SWIM.

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Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bless ; BLESSING ; Cross ; CUSTOM ; EXERCISE ; GAME ; LUCK ; SAFETY ; Sport ; SUPERSTITION ; Swim ; SWIMMING ; WATER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 00001950S LATE

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Get Rid of Those Black Mushrooms


BOIL MUSHROOMS WITH A COIN AND IF THE COIN TURNS BLACK, THE MUSHROOMS ARE POISONOUS.

Submitter comment:

WE WERE STUDYING ABOUT MUSHROOMS IN MY EDUCATION CLASS, AND DR. THORDEN MADE THIS STATEMENT IN A JOKING WAY, SO I WROTE IT DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; education class

James Callow Keyword(s): TOADSTOOLS ; UNSAFE PRACTICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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