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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSTITION

PEEL AN APPLE--IF THE PEELING COMES OFF IN ONE STRIP, SWING IT
THREE TIMES IN THE AIR AND THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THE
PERSON WHOSE INITIAL IT COMES OUT IN IS THE PERSON YOU'RE TO
MARRY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; MARRIAGE ; Peel ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT EAT APPLES, IT WILL CAUSE HARM TO
THE CHILD.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER TOLD HER, OLD CROAATION BELIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APPLE AS ORIGINAL SIN SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-07-1970

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AT SIENA HEIGHTS COLLEGE, IN ADRIAN, MICHIGAN, THE STUDENTS
WOULD PUT THEIR SHOES OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THEIR ROOM
ON DECEMBER 6, AND THE NEXT MORNING THERE WOULD BE AN
APPLE AND SOME CANDY IN THEIR SHOES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ADRIAN

Keyword(s): Apples ; CANDY ; Celebrate ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Nick ; Saint ; SHOES ; ST. NICHOLAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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BLUE - RARITY OF INCIDENTS - PROVERBIAL STATEMENTS

1) I'LL BE A BLUE-NOSED MONKEY!---SURPRISE AT AN EVENT OR
UNFAMILIAR OBJECT
2) ONCE IN A BLUE MOON---SELDOM
3) A BLUE APPLE---SOMETHING RARE

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Apple ; Blue ; COLOR ; METAPHOR ; Monkey ; MOON ; PROVERB ; Rarity ; SURPRISE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WART CURE:
RUB IT WITH A PEELED APPLE AND GIVE THE APPLE TO A PIG.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; CURE ; Peeled ; Pig ; Wart

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-30-1973

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LEANNESS: CURE FOR OBESITY:
OBESITY IS CAUSED GENERALLY BY LACK OF POWER IN THE
DIGESTIVE ORGANS TO DIGEST AND ASSIMILATE THE FAT
PRODUCING ELEMENTS OF FOOD. FIRST, RESTORE DIGESTION,
TAKE PLENTY OF SLEEP, DRINK ALL THE WATER THE STOMACH
WILL BEAR IN THE MORNING ON RISING, TAKE MODERATE
EXERCISE IN THE OPEN AIR, EAT OATMEAL, CRACKED WHEAT,
GRAHAM MUSH, BAKEAD SWEET APPLES, ROASTED AND BROILED
BEEF, CULTIVATE JOLLY PEOPLE AND BATHE DAILY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Apples ; Beef ; Company ; DIET ; EXERCISE ; FOOD ; Grain ; Jolly ; Lean ; Leanness ; Obesity ; OVERWEIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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Superstition

Cats:

It isn't good to keep a cat in the house while sleeping, for it would soon become fascinated in watching your Adam's Apple moving up and down, would try to catch it and eat it.

Data entry tech comment:

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P750. P400] crossed out / replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Adam's Apple ; CAT ; Consumption ; Devour ; FEAR ; Feline ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION ; SUPERSTITION ; Throat

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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Where learned: INDIANA ; Jeffersonville

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; Day ; DOCTOR ; HEALTH ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; Day ; DOCTOR ; Maxim ; PREVENTION ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; Day ; DOCTOR ; Maxim ; PREVENTION ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; Day ; DOCTOR ; Maxim ; PREVENTION ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; Day ; DOCTOR ; Maxim ; PREVENTION ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Submitter comment:

I've heard this since I was young - from many people.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Apple ; DOCTOR ; HEALTH ; Maxim ; PREVENTION ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Entertainment: Song

Hush-A-Bye:

Hush a bye, don't you cry, go to sleep little baby.

When you wake, you will find, all the pretty little horses.

Black ones and bays, white ones and grays, all the pretty little horses.

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Keyword(s): BABY ; Bay ; Black ; COLOR ; Dapple ; Entertainment ; Gray ; HORSE ; LULLABY ; SONG ; White

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

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Wedding Custom

To find out the last initial of the man you'll marry, say the letters of the alphabet as you turn the stem of the apple. (one letter for each turn). The letter it breaks on is the initial.

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Keyword(s): ALPHABET ; Apple ; CUSTOM ; Groom ; Initial ; Man ; MARRIAGE ; Marry ; Stem ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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