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Putting tabasco sauce on bread and feeding it to ducks can
put a curse on you. And soon something degrading will
happen to you.

Submitter comment: I learned of this story back in grade school when the
teacher scolded some of my friends for going to the pond
and feeding the ducks with bread soaked in tabasco sauce.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): tabasco, hot, spicy.

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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Never eat hot sauce or eat hot foods while pregnant. To do
so would cause problems with the baby's eyes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Spice spicy

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF SPICED OR VERY HOT (HIGHLY
SEASONED WITH PEPPER) FOODS WILL BLIND THE UNBORN BABY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; Consumption ; Eat ; FOOD ; Newborn ; Pepper ; PREGNANCY ; Spicy ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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