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CHRISTMAS SOUPS

WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SOUPS ON CHRISTMAS: LIMA BEAN
SOUP, SOUR KRAUT (SAUERKRAUT) SOUP, AND MUSHROOM SOUP.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [F642.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; Soup

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus

Date learned: 02-17-1972

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YELLOW MIKE

BACK IN 1940 THERE WAS A TRAIN WHICH WAS PASSING THROUGH HASTINGS,
MICHIGAN DURING THE NIGHT. A LARGE CRATE WHICH WAS ON THIS TRAIN
FELL OUT OF THE DOOR OF ONE OF THE BOX CARS. A MAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS
MIKE WENT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. AS HE LIT A MATCH AND LOOKED
INSIDE THE BOX, HE SAW A CREATURE WHICH LOOKED LIKE A MAN BUT IT WAS
TOTALLY COVERED WITH LONG YELLOW HAIR. BECAUSE OF THIS IT WAS NAMED
YELLOW MIKE. THE NEXT DAY YELLOW MIKE WAS PUT IN THE HASTINGS'
INSANE ASYLUM. TWO DAYS LATER THE ASYLUM CAUGHT FIRE. SOME OF THE
PATIENTS WERE SAVED AND MANY WERE BURNED TO DEATH. NOBODY SAW
YELLOW MIKE COME OUT, SO THEY FIGURED THAT HE HAD BEEN BURNED TO
DEATH. THE NEXT MORNING FARMERS IN THE AREA REPORTED FINDING
THEIR CATTLE AND OTHER LIVESTOCK LITERALLY TORN APART AND THAT
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND. ALSO A LADY SAID THAT HER SON
AND HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD NOT YET RETURNED FROM THEIR DATE. THE TWO
WERE LATER FOUND IN AN AREA BY GUN LAKE WHICH IS CALLED DEVILS' SOUP
BOWL.(IT IS A WELL VISITED SPOT BY PARKERS). THEIR BODIES WERE
TORN APART AS IF SOME ANIMAL HAS GOTTEN AHOLD OF THEM. THERE WAS
ONLY YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND AND UNDER THE BOY'S FINGERNAILS
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR. IMMEDIATELY TWENTY MEN WERE STATIONED AT
DEVILS' SOUP BOWL. EIGHTEEN MEN WERE STATIONED AT THE LOW GRADED
SIDE AND THE OTHER TWO AT THE STEEP GRADED SIDE BECAUSE THEY
FIGURED IF YELLOW MIKE WAS IN THERE HE WOULD COME OUT ON THE LOW
GRADED SIDE. THEIR ORDERS WERE TO SHOOT TO KILL AND NOT WOUND
HIM. IF HE WERE TO BE WOUNDED HE WOULD BECOME WORSE THAN HE ALREADY
WAS. ONE OF THE EIGHTEEN SAW YELLOW MIKE AND FIRED BUT HE ONLY
WOUNDED HIM. ONE OF THE TWO FROM THE OTHER SIDE RAN OVER TO SEE
WHAT WAS HAPPENING. WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN THE OTHER GUY WENT OVER
TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHEN HE GOT THERE HE FOUND NINETEEN
MUTILATED BODIES. HIS FRIEND WAS JUST BARELY ALIVE AND THE LAST
THING HE SAID WAS THAT IT WAS YELLOW MIKE AND HE'S WOUNDED. ALL
NINETEEN WERE BURIED ON A HILL NEAR BY NOW CALLED GRAVES' HILL
AND THERE IS A BOULDER OVER EACH GRAVE. WELL THEY FIGURED YELLOW
MIKE WOULD DIE AS A WOUNDED SO THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO TRACK HIM
DOWN. HASTING LATER ON STARTED GETTING REPORTS FROM JACKSON,
MICHIGAN AND EVEN FARTHER SOUTH OF ANIMALS BEING KILLED AND
FINDING YELLOW HAIR BY THEM. IT SEEMS EVEN UP TO THIS DAY THAT
YELLOW MIKE COMES NORTH FOR THE SUMMER AND GOES SOUTH DURING
MICHIGAN'S COLD SEASON. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE YOU
CAN GO TO HASTING'S CITY LIBRARY AND UNDER THE HISTORY OF THE
CITY OF HASTING YOU WILL FIND THIS TALE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLACE NAMES, MURDER ; VIOLENT DEATHS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL'S SOUP BOWL, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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Superstition: Animals

If a household lizard falls into the soup and the soup is accidently eaten, the person will develop scales on his body.

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Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Consume ; CURSE ; Eat ; FOOD ; Lizard ; PET ; REPTILE ; Soup ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the soup.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; FOOD ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RECIPE ; Soup ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the soup.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; Kitchen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RECIPE ; Soup ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the soup.

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

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; Kitchen ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; RECIPE ; Soup ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Language

Two instructors on Peabody's Campus, husband and wife (The VanEhens), have acquired a nickname because of their physical resemblance. They both have red hair and freckles and a chubby build and are called "The Campbell's Kids" from Campbell's SOup Commercials.

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Keyword(s): Campbells ; Chubby ; Commercials ; FRECKLES ; HAIR ; Language ; Nickname ; Pop Culture ; Professor ; Red ; Resemblance ; Soup

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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THE "DRIPPINGS" FROM A ROAD, WHEN MIXED HALF-AND-HALF WITH
WATER, WILL HELP YOU RECOVER YOUR STRENGTH, ESPECIALLY
AFTER THE FLU.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Beef ; Broth ; Drippings ; Flu ; ILLNESS ; REMEDY ; Roast ; Soup ; TEA ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE A GERMAN CUSTOM IS TO EAT WINE SOUP WITH
PUMPERNICKEL IN IT.

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

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; GERMAN ; Pumpernickel ; Soup ; Stew ; tradition ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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