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RECIPE FOR COUGH SYRUP

BOIL A LEMON TEN MINUTES. EXTRACT THE JUICE. TO THIS ADD ONE
OUNCE GLYCERIN AND ONE CUP HONEY. STIR BEFORE TAKING ONE
TEASPOON THREE TIMES A DAY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P254

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM AND BELIEF

IN SOME SECTS OF THE JEWISH RELIGION, MILK AND MEAT ARE NOT
PREPARED OR EATEN TOGETHER. THIS STEMS FROM THE BELIEF THAT
ONE SHOULD AVOID THE POSSIBILITIES OF COOKING A CALF IN ITS
MOTHER'S MILK.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Common law

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

IF YOU SEE LIGHTNING, BUT DON'T HEAR THUNDER IT MEANS YOU ARE
GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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When you are at a bar with a group of people and
someone burps, the last one to put their thumb on
their forehead gets biffed on the head.

Submitter comment: The fun part of the game is getting people that
have no idea what is going on. People usually
catch on after getting hit two or three times.
Biffed means to get slapped on the forehead.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

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

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SOUTHERNERS USED BAKING SODA AS TOOTHPASTE AND AS AN
UNDERARM DEODORANT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): HYGIENE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-14-1984 ; 00001960S

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IF YOU LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES ON ONE MATCH, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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THERE WAS A HOUSE, BUILT IN 1756, WHICH HAD SECRET
STAIRWAYS AND PATHWAYS IN IT. MR. STABLER OWNED
AND LOVED THIS HOUSE MORE THAN ANYTHING. AFTER HE
DIED HIS GHOST COULD BE SEEN AFTER DARK WALKING
FROM THE BARN INTO THE HOUSE. NONE OF THE
COLORED PEOPLE WOULD COME TO THIS HOUSE AFTER DARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVED IN THIS HOUSE, RENTING IT FROM
MRS. STABLER AND HAS SEEN THE GHOST. THIS IS IN
MARYLAND. SHE LIVED THERE IN 1953.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYLAND ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal Product or Activity of Man or Animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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THERE WAS THIS STONE HOUSE IN A POOR COLORED
SECTION OF MARYLAND. TWO BROTHERS LIVED IN THIS
HOUSE, AND THEY WERE ALWAYS FIGHTING. ONE DAY,
ONE BROTHER WENT OUT, AND WHEN HE CAME BACK, HE
FOUND HIS BROTHER AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS AND
HE SHOT AND KILLED HIM. FROM THAT TIME ON,
THE GHOST OF THE BROTHER CAN BE SEEN AT THE TOP
OF THE STAIRS AT MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVED ABOUT A MILE AWAY FROM THIS HOUSE
AND ONCE MET THE LIVING BROTHER BEFORE THIS
HAPPENED. THIS HAPPENED IN MARYLAND IN
1954-1955.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYLAND ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

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AFTER A NEWBORN BABY IS ABOUT TO LOSE THE CORD FROM HIS
NAVEL YOU SHOULD TAPE A HALF-DOLLAR OVER THE NAVEL.
THIS WILL KEEP THE NAVEL FROM RUPTURING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS COLLECTOR'S SISTER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; HAVRE DE GRACE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 04-02-1970

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Proverb

If you lay down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

Submitter comment:

The informant warns many female teens to be careful about freely engaging in sex because they may wind up "caught" (pregnant). She says this all the time.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out, Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; Dogs ; Fleas ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationships ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR;
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, ORE.
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT USED THIS RHYME WHILE A CHILD IN BALTIMORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Count ; COUNTING ; Eliminate ; Elimination ; GAME ; NUMBER ; POTATO ; RHYME

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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SOME LOVE ONE,
SOME LOVE TWENTY,
I LOVE YOU,
AND THAT'S A PLENTY.

Submitter comment: 1939, BIRCH TREE, MARYLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYLAND ; GROSSE POINTE ; BIRCH TREE

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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BELIEF SUPERSTITION

A FALLING STAR MEANS A WITCH IS DEAD.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF-SUPERSTITION

A SWEAT (SIC) TASTE IN THE BACK OF THE BACK OF THE MOUTH IS
THOUGHT BY SOME (AND OFTEN USED IN LITERATURE) TO BE A SIGN OF
DEATH.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU LAY DOWN WITH DOGS YOU'LL GET UP WITH FLEAS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; COMPANY ASSOCIATIONS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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GREETING GAME

HELLO CHEST! (PAT ON CHEST ) GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK (PAT ON BACK )
HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN YEARS (PULL EAR), BUT STILL I NOSE YA!"
(PULL NOSE)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN (NOSE AND KNOWS)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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LAY LOWS CATCH MEDDLERS: PEOPLE WHO ARE TOO CURIOUS OR MEDDLESOME
WILL BE CAUGHT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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IF A PERSON FINDS THAT HE IS DREAMING ABOUT MUD OR MUDDY WATER,
SOMEONE CLOSE HAS DIED OR WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 11-24-1972

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RING THE BELL

RING THE BELL(PULL LOCK OF HAIR), KNOCK AT THE DOOR (TAP FOREHEAD)
PEEP IN (LOOK IN EARS), LIFT THE LATCH (TILT NOSE), WALK IN
(OPEN MOUTH), GO DOWN IN THE CELLAR AND EAT APPLES(TICKLE THROAT)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT FOOT ITCHES YOU'LL SOON GO ON A SAD TRIP.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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