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GRAFFITO

"SUPPOSE THEY HELD A WAR AND NOBODY CAME?"

Where learned: SOUTH VIETNAM ; Vietnam ; ARMY LATRINE ; AHN KHE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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GRAFFITO

"THE U.S. ARMY CONSISTS OF THE UNEDUCATED LEADING THE UNWILLING
IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE UNNECESSARY."

Where learned: SOUTH VIETNAM ; Vietnam ; ARMY LATRINE ; AHN KHE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARAMOION: REPETITION AT THE BEGINNINGS OF WORDS ; SATIRE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: CA00001969

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ALCOHOLIC WITH THE FINICKY
STOMACH? HE COULDN'T EAT OLIVES UNLESS THEY WERE
STERILIZED IN GIN.

Where learned: Vietnam

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ALCOHOLIC WHOSE FAVORITE
DRINK IS THE NEXT ONE?

Where learned: Vietnam

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ALCOHOLIC SOLDIER IN
VIETNAM SUFFERING FROM BOTTLE FATIGUE?

Where learned: Vietnam

James Callow Keyword(s): BATTLE FATIGUE PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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Many Vietnamese people believe that the spirit of dead
ancestors sit on the heads and shoulders of the living. It is
therefore considered inappropriate to touch the shoulder or pat
the head of a Vietnamese person. This is an insult to the
ancestors.

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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During the Vietnam War, it was felt to be unlucky for an
American soldier to carry a camera. The soldiers felt that there
was a high incidence of being killed shortly after buying a
camera, or receiving one from home.

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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During the Vietnam War, when a soldier was to go back to the
United States shortly, his time in Vietnam was considered "short."
There was a "short superstition" among the American soldiers
during the war. It was generally believed that as a soldier's time
became "short" he was more likely to be killed than at any other
time of his tour of duty.

Submitter comment: The informant could name numerous time when a soldier had
survived most of his tour of duty only to be killed when he was
"short".

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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Remedy (Cold Sores)

Place wax from the ears on the cold sore. It is a fact that
the herpes virus cannot live in the ear.

Submitter comment: The informant was in the military when he learned about this
simple cure for herpes simplex.

Where learned: Vietnam

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IT WAS AN OLD NORSE BELIEF THAT TO DIE IN BATTLE
WITHOUT ONE'S WEAPON CURSED HIS SOUL FOREVER TO
BEL HALLA (LIMBO).

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS WHILE IN VIET NAM.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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