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THE HATCHET MAN

TWO GIRLS WENT TO THE BEACH FOR THE SUMMER WHERE THEY RENTED A
COTTAGE. PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA WARNED THEM ABOUT THE HATCHET MAN
WHO COMES OUT ON THE BEACH EACH SUMMER AND HAS ALREADY KILLED THREE
PEOPLE THIS SEASON. THE GIRLS FIGURED THEY WOULD BE ALRIGHT IF THEY
LOCKED THE DOORS EACH NIGHT. ONE NIGHT ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD A DATE
AND SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET THE GUY ON THE BEACH. TO BE SAFE, THEY
DECIDED TO WORK OUT A SIGNAL SO THAT THE GIRL LEFT INSIDE THE HOUSE
WOULD KNOW WHEN TO OPEN THE DOOR. LATER ON IN THE EVENING THE
GIRL HEARD SOME NOISES AT ONE OF THE WINDOWS. THEN THE NOISE WENT
AWAY. BUT AFTER A FEW MINTUES SHE HEARD THE NOISE AGAIN, THIS TIME
AT THE FRONT DOOR. SHE HEARD SOMETHING SCRATCHING AT THE DOOR AND
IT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER. SHE SCREAMED AND TOLD IT TO GO
AWAY. THE SCRATCHING SLOWLY FADED AWAY. AFTER A WHILE THE GIRL FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN SHE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND FOUND
DEEP SCRATCH MARKS IN IT, BLOOD ON THE PORCH AND HER GIRLDFRIEND,S
PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): INATTENTION TO WARNINGS-SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ; MURDER OF GIRL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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HEADACHE

A CURE FOR A MIGRAINE HEADACHE IS TO DIP A PAPER BAG IN VINEGAR
AND WRAP IT AROUND YOUR HEAD, AND SHORTLY THE HEADACHE WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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HEADACHE

WHENEVER MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A HEADACHE WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, SHE WOULD
PUT BROWN PAPER AND VINEGAR ON HER FOREHEAD AND TIE IT WITH A CLOTH.
THEN SHE WOULD REST FOR A WHILE.

Submitter comment: SHE HAD HEADACHES QUITE OFTEN AND SHE USED THIS REMEDY
EVERY TIME. SUPPOSEDLY IT WORKED.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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HICCUPS

BREATHE IN A PAPER BAG IN ORDER TO CURE THE HICCOUGHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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HICCUPS

HOLD YOUR BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN TO CURE HICCUPS.

Submitter comment: HE PROBABLY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-24-1967

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ARTHRITIS

IF YOU WEAR A PIECE OF COPPER JEWELRY NEXT TO YOUR SKIN OR CARRY A
CHESTNUT IN YOUR POCKET, THIS IS SAID TO KEEP ARTHRITIS AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

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

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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PLANTING RULE

IT IS A CUSTOM IN THE VILLAGE OF WENGEN, SWITZERLAND THAT YOU NEVER
PLANT BEANS WHILE THE MOON IS GROWING (THE PHASE FROM A NEW
MOON TO A FULL MOON). IF THIS RULE IS VIOLATED, THE BEANS
"JUST DON'T GROW."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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EARACHE

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE PUT GARLIC IN YOUR EAR
AND IT WILL DRAW OUT THE PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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HICCUPS

DRINK A WHOLE GLASS OF WATER BACKWARDS WITHOUT BREATHING;
IN ORDER TO CURE THE HICCUPS.

Submitter comment: MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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ARTHRITIS

IN ORDER TO GET RID OF ARTHRITIS, WEAR A CHARM BRACELET.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM A FRIEND OF HERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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WORMS

TAKE TINY LEAVES OF PEPPERMINT, WASH THEM, THEN MASH THEM UP WITH A
LIITLE VINEGAR. THEN ADD TWO CLOVES GARLIC, MASH, STIR AND COVER.
THEN SET ON A WINDOW LEDGE IN THE MOONLIGHT OVERNIGHT.
IT FERMENTS AND EVERYTHING
SETTLES TO THE BOTTOM. TAKE A TEASPOONFUL OF TOP MIXTURE ON AN EMPTY
STOMACH 3 TIMES DURING THE DAY, ONCE BEFORE EACH MEAL, AND IT WILL
CURE THE WORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): MOON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-21-1969

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ANIMAL BELIEF

IF YOU GET STUNG BY A BEE, MUD WILL TAKE THE STING OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HE WAS TOLD THIS BY A COMPLETE STRANGER,
WHEN HE WAS STUNG BY A BEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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IN LOVE, THERE IS ALWAYS ONE WHO KISSES AND ONE WHO OFFERS THE CHEEK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): METAPHOR ; OBSERVATION ; REPETITION

James Callow Keyword(s): LEADING AND FOLLOWING AMONG LOVERS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-05-1971

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COW FIGHT CUSTOM

IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR, IN SOME SWISS STATES, A
COW FIGHT IS HAD. THIS IS A BIG AFFAIR, SOMEWHAT
LIKE A SPECIAL HORSE RACE IN OUR COUNTRY. (BETS
ARE EVEN MADE ON THE OUTCOME.) THIS FIGHT IS TO
DETERMINE WHICH COW, THE STRONGEST, CAN WEAR THE
BIGGEST BELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.9

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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MATH JOKE

THERE WAS ONCE A ZOOKEEPER WHO ACQUIRED A PAIR OF
ADDERS (SNAKES). SINCE THE LIFE OF A SNAKE IS
RELATIVELY SHORT, HE WANTED THESE SNAKES TO REPRODUCE.
HE SOON TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE METHOD, BUT THE SNAKES
REFUSED TO MATE. ONE DAY, AN ENGINEER HAPPENED TO
BUMP INTO THE ZOOKEEPER, AND SOON LEARNED OF THE
ZOOKEEPER'S PROBLEM. HE TOLD THE ZOOKEEPER, "THE
ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET RESULTS, IS TO GO INTO THE WOODS,
CHOP DOWN SOME SMALL TREES, AND BUILD A TABLE WITH THEM.
THEN PUT THE ADDERS ON THIS TABLE." THE ZOOKEEPER
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SURE ENOUGH! THE ADDERS WENT
WILD! THE NEXT TIME THE ZOOKEEPER SAW THE ENGINEER
HE ASKED HIM THE SECRET BEHIND MAKING THESE ADDERS
REPRODUCE. "SIMPLE," REPLIED THE ENGINEER. "IF
YOU WANT TO MAKE ADDERS MULTIPLY, BUILT THEM A TABLE
OF LOGS!"

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME ; SOCIAL VISIT

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 04-07-1971

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MATH JOKE

THERE WAS ONCE A ZOOKEEPER WHO ACQUIRED A PAIR OF
ADDERS (SNAKES). SINCE THE LIFE OF A SNAKE IS
RELATIVELY SHORT, HE WANTED THESE SNAKES TO REPRODUCE.
HE SOON TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE METHOD, BUT THE SNAKES
REFUSED TO MATE. ONE DAY, AN ENGINEER HAPPENED TO
BUMP INTO THE ZOOKEEPER, AND SOON LEARNED OF THE
ZOOKEEPER'S PROBLEM. HE TOLD THE ZOOKEEPER, "THE
ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET RESULTS, IS TO GO INTO THE WOODS,
CHOP DOWN SOME SMALL TREES, AND BUILD A TABLE WITH THEM.
THEN PUT THE ADDERS ON THIS TABLE." THE ZOOKEEPER
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SURE ENOUGH! THE ADDERS WENT
WILD! THE NEXT TIME THE ZOOKEEPER SAW THE ENGINEER
HE ASKED HIM THE SECRET BEHIND MAKING THESE ADDERS
REPRODUCE. "SIMPLE," REPLIED THE ENGINEER. "IF
YOU WANT TO MAKE ADDERS MULTIPLY, BUILT THEM A TABLE
OF LOGS!"

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME ; SOCIAL VISIT

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 04-07-1971

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EACH YEAR IN THE SPRING, MY MOTHER'S GRANDFATHER WOULD LINE UP
ALL THE SMALL CHILDREN AND HAVE THEM EACH LICK SOME POWDER(WHITE)
CALLED CALAMEL OFF HIS PEN KNIFE IN ORDER TO CLEAN OUT
THEIR BLOOD FOR SUMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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RIDDLE

HOW FAR IN CAN YOU GO INTO A FOREST?
-- HALF WAY. THEN YOU START GOING OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): DISTANCE MEASURMENT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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BELIEF (CUSTOM)

WHEN PLANTING CORN, PLACE A FISH IN EACH HOLE AND PLANT BY THE
LIGHT OF THE HALF MOON. YOU WILL, THEREFORE, REAP A BIGGER CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE IN OUR FAMILY DIES, WE NEVER PUT A HEADSTONE ON THEIR
GRAVE UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN DEAD FOR A YEAR. I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING
TO DO WITH THE TRAVEL OF THE SOUL.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JEWISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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