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VOMITING

WHEN YOU HAVE FOOD POISONING AND VOMIT,
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER WITH A TEASPOONFUL
OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD POISONING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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THE DRESS.

A GIRL, PRESUMABLY A RELATIVE OF A FRIEND OR CLASSMATE, BOUGHT A
DRESS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL PROM. WHILE WEARING THE DRESS, SHE BECAME
VIOLENTLY ILL AND DIED LATER AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. UPON INVESTIGATION
IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE DRESS HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED
FROM THE STORE AND RETURNED. THE FIRST " OWNER " WAS A GIRL OF
THE SAME AGE WHO WORE THE DRESS TO BE LAID OUT BEFORE HER FUNERAL
IT WAS THE EMBALMING FLUID WHICH CAUSED THE SECOND OWNER'S DEATH.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): FATAL DRESS. ; THE POISONED DRESS. TY Z551 IN BAUGHMAN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: CA00001965

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I don't want no black woman to fix my tea, cause she's
liable to "PISON" me.

Where learned: VIRGINIA

James Callow Keyword(s): poison

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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Fish And Milk

Before having a catfish dinner, I asked my mother if I could
have some milk to go with it. But my father interrupted and said
that if you've never had milk with fish before then it will kill
you.

Submitter comment: My father had a very serious look on his face. I knew he was
wrong because they had served milk along with our lunches which
sometimes include fish as a main course.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Louise

Keyword(s): FOOD POISONING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MISTLETOE

DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, MISTLETOE IS HUNG FROM
CHANDELIERS, ARCHWAYS, ETC. WHEN A PERSON STANDS
UNDER THIS MISTLETOE, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE
OPPOSITE SEX TO COME UP TO SUCH PERSON, IS TO KISS
HIM OR HER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM PARENTS WHEN VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): PARASITE ; poison ; POISONOUS PLANT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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MISTLETOE

DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, MISTLETOE IS HUNG FROM
CHANDELIERS, ARCHWAYS, ETC. WHEN A PERSON STANDS
UNDER THIS MISTLETOE, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE
OPPOSITE SEX TO COME UP TO SUCH PERSON, IS TO KISS
HIM OR HER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM PARENTS WHEN VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): PARASITE ; poison ; POISONOUS PLANT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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OYSTERS CAUSE PTOMAINE POISONING IN MONTHS WITHOUT AN "R".

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Month ; Oysters ; poison

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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