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PUT AN ONION IN A SOCK AND PIN NEXT TO A BABY'S
CHEST TO LOOSEN A CHEST COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF A PERSON HOLDS A YELLOW DANDELION FLOWER UNDER HIS
CHIN AND HIS CHIN GLOWS YELLOW, THEN THAT PERSON
LIKES BUTTER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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YOU CAN TELL IF A PERSON IS A VIRGIN IF HE OR SHE
CAN PEEL OFF THE LABEL OF A BEER BOTTLE WITH HIS
THUMBNAIL IN A CONTINUOUS STROKE WHILE HOLDING IT
ONLY WITH THE HAND WITH THE THUMB DOING THE PEELING.

Submitter comment: I WAS ASKED TO PERFORM THIS WHILE AT A LOCAL TAVERN
IN LE ROY, NEW YORK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-00-1971

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THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THEY WHO WILL NOT SEE.

Submitter comment: FAVORITE EXPRESSION OF INFORMANT'S DECEASED MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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BELIEF

IF ONE DEATH OR TRAGEDY OCCURS IN THE FAMILY, THEN
THERE WILL BE TWO MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BASED ON
BELIEF THAT DEATHS AND TRAGEDIES OCCUR THREE AT A TIME.

Where learned: TOLD AT HOME ; NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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