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RIDDLE

Q: A TRAVELER IS WALKING DOWN A ROAD WHEN HE COMES TO A FORK. NOT
KNOWING WHICH ROUTE TO TAKE HE DECIDES TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS.
THERE IS A MAN AT EACH PATH. ONE ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH WHILE THE
OTHER ALWAYS LIES. IF OUR TRAVELER CAN ASK ONLY ONE MAN ONLY ONE
QUESTION WHAT IS HIS QUESTION AND WHO WILL HE ASK?
A: IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO HE ASKS IF HE SAYS - IF I ASK THE OTHER
MAN WHICH WAY I SHOULD GO, WHAT WILL HE TELL ME?
LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS ; DEPARTMENT STORE

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; AN ACTION (A) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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METHOD OF CURING

THE BEST AND QUICKEST WAY TO CURE A SWOLLEN GOITER
IS TO WRAP A GREEN SNAKE (CAN BE A GARDEN SNAKE) AROUND YOUR NECK
AND KEEP IT THERE FOR 1 OR 2 HOURS UNTIL THE SWELLING GOES AWAY.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INDIAN (AMERICAN) GIRL THAT GAVE ME THIS,
IT HAS CURED MANY GOITERS FOR HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE ; SYMPATHETIC MAGIC ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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OBSERVATIONS

THINGS GROW WITH THE MOON.
IF A PERSON CUTS THEIR HAIR WHEN THERE IS A NEW MOON,
IT WILL GROW WITH THE MOON.
IF A PERSON CUTS THEIR HAIR WHEN THERE'S A FULL MOON,
IT WILL GROW SLOWLY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 10-13-1969

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INDIAN CORN SOUP

IN ORDER TO MAKE INDIAN CORN SOUP, ONE MUST FIRST
OBTAIN SOME INDIAN CORN STALKS. TAKE THE STALKS
AND PLACE THEM IN A PAN OVER A FIRE. THE HEAT
WILL CAUSE THE CORN KERNELS TO POP. TAKE THE POPPED
KERNELS AND WASH THEM FIRST IN ASHES AND THEN
IN LYE. REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE TWICE. AFTER COMPLETING
THE KERNEL WASHING, PLACE THE CORN IN A POT FILLED
WITH WATER, ADD SALT AND BRING THE MIXTURE TO A BOIL.
LET THE WATER BOIL FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. THEN THE SOUP
SHOULD BE DONE.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; WORK ; J L HUDSONS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 10-13-1969

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WORMS

BREAK THE BUDS OFF SOME GARLIC AND TAKE A NEEDLE AND THREAD
AND THREAD THE NEEDLE THROUGH THE BUDS.
THEN STRING IT AROUND YOUR NECK.
THIS WILL KEEP ANY WORMS IN YOUR STOMACH
FROM CRAWLING UP YOUR THROAT AND STRANGLING YOU.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER BELIEVES THIS TO BE THE GOSPEL TRUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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A PERSON BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH DIRECTLY AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
WILL NOT LIVE LONG.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH AND DIED QUITE EARLY IN
LIFE. WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS BORN ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT I DON'T
KNOW.

Where learned: DETROIT ; WORK ; J L HUDSONS ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions

Date learned: 10-13-1969

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AN OMEN

IF THERE IS A PIECE OF STRING, THREAD
LYING ON YOUR CLOTHES, THIS IS A SIGN
MEANING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE
A LETTER OR PACKAGE.

Where learned: WORK ; J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-13-1969

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THE WEDDING RING IS WORN ON THE LEFT HAND, THIRD
FINGER, BECAUSE THE ANCIENTS BELIEVED THERE WAS A
VEIN IN THAT FINGER THAT LED DIRECTLY TO THE HEART.
A RING ON THAT FINGER SYMBOLIZED THE LOVE IN A
PERSON'S HEART FOR HIS PARTNER.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 10-06-1969

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LUCK

HAPPY IS THE BRIDE WHO HAS RAIN ON HER WEDDING DAY.

Submitter comment: RAIN IS A SIGN OF CLEANSING. THE RAIN WILL WASH AWAY
EVIL SPIRITS AND MAKE THE PATH CLEAR AND FREE FOR THE
NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage P545.056
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-13-1969

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Proverb

It's better to keep silent and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

You can't recall someone?

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Mouth ; Proof ; PROVERB ; SILENCE ; Stupid ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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