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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A FALLING STAR MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

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SHOOTING STAR

WHEN YOU SEE A SHOOTING STAR (FALLING STAR) MAKE A WISH
AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-08-1971

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BAD LUCK

THREE ON A MATCH
SOLDIERS IN VIETNAM BELIEVED THAT THE TIME IT TOOK TO LIGHT THREE
CIGARETTES WITH ONE MATCH WAS LONG ENOUGH FOR THE ENEMY TO SPOT
THEIR POSITION. VETERANS STILL PRACTICE THIS BELIEF TODAY.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

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

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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FOOD NAMES

S.O.S. SHIT ON A SHINGLE NAME GIVEN TO CREAMED MEAT OVER TOAST.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

WHY DO MARINE BOOTS HAVE T.G.I.F. LABELED ON THEM? TO REMIND THEM
THAT THEIR TOES GO IN FIRST.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

WHY DOES THE ARMY HAVE THE CANINE CORPS AND THE NAVY HAVE THE
MARINE CORPS? BECAUSE THE ARMY HAD FIRST PICK.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT MATTEL'S NEW TOY? IT IS A BOOT LIEUTENANT. YOU
WIND IT UP, IT TAKES TWO STEPS AND SCREWS UP.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

IF THE HEAD IS PALE, RAISE THE TAIL. IF THE HEAD IS RED, RAISE THE
HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A REMINDER FOR SIMPLE FIRST AID. IF THE HEAD IS PALE, THIS
COULD SIGNAL SHOCK WHICH WOULD BE HELPED BY RAISING THE LEGS. IF THE
HEAD IS RED, THIS COULD SIGNAL A HEAD INJURY, SO YOU WOULD RAISE THE
HEAD TO DECREASE THE BLOOD FLOW TO THE HEAD.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

SQUID-NAME GIVEN TO A SAILOR BY A MARINE.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

GRUNT, JARHEAD, GYRINE,-- NAMES GIVEN TO A MARINE BY SAILORS.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

SKUTTLEBUTT--TERM USED IN THE NAVY TO DESCRIBE LOOSE TALK AND
HEARSAY OR NAMING A DRINKING FOUNTAIN.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

IRISH PENNANT
MILITARY NAME GIVEN TO ANY LOOSE THREAD ON ONE'S CLOTHING OR GEAR.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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VOODOO PEOPLE IN CRIPPLE CREEK WILL TURN YOU GREEN AND MAKE YOU
HOP LIKE A FROG.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CRIPPLE CREEK

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

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IN ORDER TO KEEP FAMILY SPIRITS AWAY (THE DEAD) YOU SHOULD
PUT A FRESH PIECE OF PINE ACROSS THE FRONT DOOR,AND THEY WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04091984CA

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DURING THE DEPRESSION, SOUTHERN BLACK WOMEN WHO DIDN'T HAVE
THE MONEY TO BUY HAIR GREASE TO USE WHEN PRESSING THEIR HAIR
USED LARD INSTEAD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY HER GRANDMOTHER AND PASSED ON
LARD=ANIMAL FAT

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001950S

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DURING THE 1930s, BLACK WOMEN WHO DIDN'T HAVE EYEBROW
PENCILS WOULD STRIKE A MATCH, BLOW OUT THE FLAME, TAKE THE
WARM TIP AND SCRAPE IT AGAINST THE INSIDE WALL OF THE
FIREPLACE AND USE THE TIP AS AN EYEBROW LINER.

Submitter comment: SHE USED MANY GESTURES.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body

Date learned: 10-14-1984 ; 00-00-1950

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DURING THE EARLY 1900s, SOUTHERN BLACKS USED MOLASSES, HONEY,
AND SORGHUM TO SWEETEN THEIR FOODS.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Flavoring

Date learned: 00001900s

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ALONG WITH THE MAIN DISH FOR DINNER, SOUTHERN BLACKS PUT A
WARM OR HOT SWEET POTATO IN A GLASS OF BUTTERMILK AND ATE
IT WITH A SPOON.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk

Date learned: 10-17-1984

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SOUTHERN BLACKS WOULD TAKE WARM OR HOT CORNBREAD, CRUMB IT, AND
EAT IT IN A GLASS OF BUTTERMILK.
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER ON MY FATHER'S SIDE USED TO MAKE IT.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk

Date learned: 09-26-1984

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STEWED TOMATOES

CUT UP SOME FRESH TOMATOES AND PLACE THEM IN HOT WATER. WHEN
THE WATER BEGINS TO BOIL, ADD BREAD, GREEN PEPPERS, AND
SUGAR TO TASTE.
MAKE SURE NOT TO USE WHITE BREAD BECAUSE IT BECOMES TOO
SOGGY.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit

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