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A BIT OF CHARCOAL BOILED WITH CABBAGE DESTROYS THE DIS-
AGREEABLE ODOR AND RENDERS THE CABBAGE MORE DIGESTIBLE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

This song is used as a grace
before each meal at camp.
Hark to the chimes
Come bow your heads
We thank the Lord
For this good bread.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 07-00-1983

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TWO PARTS OF CRUDE OIL AND ONE PART OF TURPENTINE REMOVES
THE WHITE SPOTS FROM FURNITURE, AND MAKES AS GOOD A
POLISH AS ONE CAN DESIRE TO HAVE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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WHEN A SCREECH OWL IS HEARD IN THE NIGHT, BIND THE SHEETS
IN KNOTS AND NO DEATH WILL OCCUR.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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I'VE BEEN DROPPING THINGS ALL DAY. SOMEONE HUNGRY MUST
BE COMING.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE HOME AND PLACE IT UNDER
YOUR PILLOW, NAME EACH CORNER OF THE ROOM ONE PARTICULAR
BEAU AND GO TO SLEEP, WHICHEVER CORNER YOU WAKE UP FACING
WILL BE THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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TO HEAR A SCREECHOWL IN THE NIGHT IS A SURE SIGN OF DEATH.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU HEAR A SCREECH OWL IN THE NIGHT, TIE A KNOT
IN YOUR SHIRTTAIL OR DRESSTAIL AND IT WILL QUIET HIM

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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SORE THROAT REMEDY

A TEASPOONFUL OF BAKING SODA IN A CUP OF BOILING WATER MAKES
AN EXCELLENT GARGLE FOR SORE THROAT, TO BE USED AS HOT AS
YOU CAN POSSIBLE BEAR IT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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WHILE SITTING ON A HAY BALE AT THE 1989 MICHIGAN
RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, A FRIEND AND I OVERHEARD A YOUNG BOY CALL
ANOTHER BOY A "FROGHEAD." CONTEXT: "WAIT UP, YOU FROGHEAD!"
BOTH OF US ENJOYED THE NAME SO MUCH THAT WE SPREAD IT TO OUR
FRIENDS. MY FRIENDS AND I STILL USE THE EXPRESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Holly

Keyword(s): FROG

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL NAME FOR HUMAN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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NEW YEAR'S DAY

ON NEW YEAR'S EAT GOURMET FOOD.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY ALWAYS EATS FRENCH FOODS ON NEW YEAR'S BECAUSE
THEY FEEL THAT IF THEY EAT WELL ON NEW YEAR'S THEN THEY WILL EAT
WELL ALL THROUGH THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; informant's home

Keyword(s): BLASON POPULAIRE ; FOOD PREDICTION ; FRENCH FOOD

Subject headings: 870
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

This song is used as a grace
before each meal.
The title of this song is "Back of the Bread"
The back of the bread is the mill,
And the back of the mill is the grain,
And the back of the grain is the wind and the rain
And the Father's will.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 07-00-1984

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

This song is used as a grace
before each meal at camp.
The title of this grace is "Johnny Appleseed."
The Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord,
For giving me the things I need,
The sun and the rain and the Appleseed
The Lord is good to me.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 09-00-1984

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

The title of this song is"Hello."
This song is used as a greeting
to another group.
Hello, hello, hello, hello
We are glad to meet you,
We are glad to greet you,
Hello, hello, hello, hello

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 07-00-1984

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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

"Make New Friends"
This song teaches the value of friendship
Both old and new.
Make new friends
But keep the old.
One is silver
and the other is gold.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Holly ; Holly

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 07-00-1984

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I'VE ALWAYS HEARD, SOME INDIANS BELIEVE THAT A NAKED SQUAW
WALKING IN THE MOONLIGHT, DRAGGING HER CLOTHES BEHIND HER,
WILL KEEP CUTWORMS FROM DESTROYING THE GARDEN VEGETABLES.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): FERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, YOU WILL BE HAPPY.
IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS, YOU WILL GET MAD.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU GET UP, (AND) PUT ON SOME PIECE OF CLOTHING THE WRONG WAY
BY MISTAKE, KEEP IT ON THAT WAY UNTIL NOON, AND IT WILL
BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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MOTHER HAS A CHAIR THAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAVE WALKED. IT'S JUST
AN OLD STRAIGHT-BACK CHAIR OF UNUSUAL DESIGN. IT'S SOMETHING
WE'RE ALWAYS TOLD. I DON'T BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMATED FURNITURE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, IT WILL SOON GET SOME MONEY.
IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH A
STRANGER.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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