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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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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

THE HAMMER DOESN'T LAST AS LONG
AS THE ANVIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): TOOL METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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MORAL PROVERB

THE HANDLE HAS LOST ITS AX.

Submitter comment: (E.G., SOMEONE WHO IS SMART IN PHYSICS WHEN HE HAS
HIS BOOKS BUT IS DUMB WHEN HE DOESN'T HAVE
HIS PHYSICS BOOK HAS LOST HIS AX)
(TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN)

Data entry tech comment: LITHUANIAN PHRASE DENOTING MORAL PROVERB

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; HONORS HOUSE ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): TOOLS METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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MULTIPLYING TECHNIQUE

THERE IS A WAY OF MULTIPLYING BY NINES ON YOUR HANDS.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HOLD UP YOUR TEN FINGERS AND PICK THE NUMBER
THAT YOU WANT TO MULTIPLY NINE BY AND THEN YOU PUSH DOWN THAT FINGER.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU WANT TO MULTIPLY NINE BY THREE YOU WOULD PUT
DOWN YOUR THIRD FINGER.
ON ONE SIDE OF THIS THIRD FINGER YOU WOULD HAVE TWO FINGERS HELD
UP, ON THE OTHER SIDE YOU WOULD HAVE SEVEN FINGERS HELD UP,
THEREFORE YOUR ANSWER WOULD BE TWENTY-SEVEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Uodated by TRD on 10.11.13

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Keyword(s): Arithmetic, Mathematics, Multiplication, Trick, Memory, Aid, Learning, Tool, Fingers,

James Callow Keyword(s): MULTIPLICATION ON FINGERS

Subject headings: 686 686.1.9
Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.9
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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BLIND MAN WELLERISM

"I SEE", SAID THE BLIND MAN AS HE PICKED UP HIS HAMMER AND SAW.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS WELLERISM IS PERHAPS THE MOST POPULAR. I HAVE
HEARD THIS SAID IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION ; PUN ; TOOLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Instructions

Making Lye Soap:

Put ashes in a tub and mix lye in water. Pour lye mixture over ashes and let drip through bottom of tub. The drippings will turn to lye soap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Original BN [P700] crossed out

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ashes ; Craft ; Domestic ; INSTRUCTIONS ; Lye ; Product ; Production ; RECIPE ; Soap ; Tool

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

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Custom

Slate:

When the informant was of grade-school age, it was mandatory to come to school with a slate and a sponge wet enough to last for the whole day.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M243] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; EDUCATION ; Learning ; Objects ; SCHOOL ; TOOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Proverb

Wellerism:

"I see" said the blind man, as he picked up the hammer and saw.

Submitter comment:

Heard frequently in New Brighton, MInn.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MINNESOTA

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; TOOLS ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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Proverb

Wellerism:

"I see" said the blind man, as he took up his hammer and saw.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLIND ; Hammer ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Saw ; See ; Sight ; TOOLS ; VERSE ; Wellerism

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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IF YOU STEP OVER A LONG HANDLED TOOL, BROOM, RAKE, HOE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER IT BACKWARDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BROOM ; Handle ; Hoe ; LUCK ; Step ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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STRING BELIEF

TIE A STRING AROUND YOUR FINGER TO REMEMBER SOMETHING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Finger ; Remember ; String ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-17-1971

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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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