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FOOD BELIEF

CUCUMBERS CONTAIN A MILD POISON THAT CAN MAKE YOU SICK. WHEN
YOU START TO PEEL ONE, AFTER SLICING OFF ONE END, RUB THE TWO
CUT EDGES TOGETHER IN CIRCLES. THIS DRAWS OUT THE POISON.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WAS RIGHT. THE CUCUMBER DOES TASTE BETTER, AT LEAST.

Where learned: MONTANA ; MISSOULA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

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IF A BRIDE EATS AN ORANGE ON HER WEDDING DAY, THE NUMBER OF SEEDS
INSIDE WILL BE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MONTANA ; MISSOULA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 04-17-1971

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I AM ALWAYS GLAD TO GET THE BACK OF A CHICKEN TO EAT IF IT HAS
THE LITTLE BIT OF TAIL ATTACHED. I CALL IT THE POPES NOSE AND ITS
GOOD FOR ONE WISH.

Where learned: MONTANA ; MISSOULA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Animal

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

MY LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FAIL
AS LONG AS PUSSY HAS HER TAIL.

Submitter comment: (1939 BIRCH TREE, MONTANA)

Data entry tech comment: THE COLLECTOR'S COMMENT IS WHERE THE AUTOGRAPH CAME FROM

Where learned: MONTANA ; BIRCH TREE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DECLARATION OF LOVE ; PROMISE ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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TO CURE HICCUPS, BEND FORWARD AT THE WAIST AND DRINK A GLASS
OF WATER FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE GLASS. HOLD YOUR
BREATH AND DRINK THE ENTIRE GLASS.

Submitter comment:

EXCELLENT CURE!

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MONTANA

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; DRINK ; HICCUPS ; Homeopathy ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

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

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WHILE VISITING THE WEST, TOURISTS MIGHT BE TOLD THE STORY
OF THE MOST FEROCIOUS AND DIFFICULT ANIMAL TO HUNT. THIS
BEAST IS CALLED A JACKALOPE. IT HAS THE BODY OF A
JACKRABBIT AND THE ANTLERS OF AN ANTELOPE. WILD JACKRABBITS
MATED WITH ANTELOPE TO SCARE OFF SETTLERS. IN SOME SMALL
TOWNS YOU MAY ACTUALLY SEE ONE OF THESE WILD BEASTS
STUFFED AND MOUNTED ON THE WALL AS A WARNING TO
OVERZEALOUS TOURISTS.

Submitter comment: THE REALLY INTERESTING PART OF THE STORY IS WHEN
TOURISTS REALLY BELIEVE IT!

Where learned: MONTANA

James Callow Keyword(s): HYBRID

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001980S CA

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WHEN SOMEBODY RECEIVES A SNIP OFF A PLANT TO
TRANSPLANT, NEVER SAY "THANK YOU" OR
THE PLANT WILL DIE.

Where learned: MONTANA ; FROMBERG

Keyword(s): GIFT, PRESENT

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

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ONCE THERE WERE TWO COYOTES. ONE WAS FROM MONTANA
AND THE OTHER WAS FROM NORTH DAKOTA. ONE DAY THE
NORTH DAKOTA COYOTE GOT HIS PAW CAUGHT IN A
TRAP. THE MONTANA COYOTE HAPPENED TO BE WANDERING
BY, SO THE NORTH DAKOTA COYOTE ASKED THE
MONTANA COYOTE HOW TO GET OUT OF THE TRAP.
THE MONTANA COYOTE REPLIED, "YOU WILL HAVE TO
CHEW OFF YOUR PAW," AND THEN WENT ABOUT HIS
BUSINESS. A FEW DAYS LATER THE MONTANA COYOTE
HAPPENED TO BE PASSING BY THE SAME SPOT AND
SAW THE NORTH DAKOTA COYOTE STILL CAUGHT IN THE
TRAP. HE ASKED THE NORTH DAKOTA COYOTE WHY HE
HAD NOT ESCAPED. THE NORTH DAKOTA COYOTE
REPLIED, "I HAVE CHEWED OFF THREE OF MY PAWS
AND I STILL CANNOT GET OUT OF THIS TRAP!"

Submitter comment: IN MONTANA THE BRUNT OF MOST JOKES ARE PEOPLE
FROM NORTH DAKOTA. NORTH DAKOTANS ARE THE
"POLLACKS" OF THE NORTHWEST.

Where learned: MONTANA ; FROMBERG

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
Food Drink -- NORT

Date learned: 01-00-1980

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BLOODY KNUCKLES

THIS IS A GAME OF PAIN TOLERANCE. THE OPPONENTS FACE
EACH OTHER WITH THEIR HANDS, FISTS CURLED, TOUCHING.
THE PERSON WHO WINS A TOSS OF THE COIN HAS HIS HANDS
SLIGHTLY ON TOP. THE OBJECT FOR THE PERSON WITH
HIS HANDS ON TOP IS TO BRING HIS KNUCKLES
DOWN VERY HARD ON THE OTHER PERSON'S HAND.
THE PERSON WHOSE HANDS ARE ON THE BOTTOM HAS TO
TRY TO ANTICIPATE THE MOVEMENT AND MOVE HIS HANDS, CAUSING
THE PERSON TRYING TO HIT TO MISS. THE PERSON ON TOP
CONTINUES TO TRY TO HIT UNTIL HE MISSES, AT THIS TIME THE
TWO HAND POSITIONS ARE CHANGED. THE LOSER IS THE ONE WHO
SAYS HE HAS HAD ENOUGH FIRST.

Submitter comment: ANOTHER VERSION OF THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH OPEN PALMS
AND IS CALLED SLAP.
BLOODY KNUCKLE PUNISHMENT IS OFTEN USED AS PUNISHMENT
FOR LOSING IN GAMES SUCH AS PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCK.

Where learned: MONTANA ; FROMBERG

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

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