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Placing baking soda in a watermelon will cause stomach cramps
and diarrhea.

Submitter comment: This informant's neighbor had a watermelon patch. Other
people were stealing watermelons from him. He cut a small hole
on the underside of the watermelon while it was still on the vine
laying on the ground, poured in baking soda, so those stealing
the watermelon would "pay" for stealing from his patch.

James Callow comment: Cf. Puckett, Ohio, no. 27498: "Watermelon and soda bicarb
taken together will kill you."

Where learned: Camben ; Arkansas

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1944

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Do not eat fish and watermelon together, do not drink corn
liquor and eat bananas, do not eat fish and milk together.

James Callow comment: "If you eat bananas after drinking beer or whiskey, it will
kill you (... student, Negro, Cleveland, 1959)"; "if you eat
bananas after drinking whiskey, you will die in agony" (...
barber, Negro, Cleveland, 1956)" -- Puckett, Ohio, nos. 27489,
27490.

Where learned: Camben ; Arkansas

James Callow Keyword(s): Incompatible foods

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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Home remedy

Place peachtree leaves in a cloth bag and place the bag up
against the body where fever is located to draw the fever out.

James Callow comment: Cf. Puckett, Ohio, no. 9518: "To cure fever, bind peach
leaves tightly to the forehead."

Where learned: Camben ; Arkansas

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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