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MEDICAL BELIEF

TOBACCO JUICE PUT ON A WOUND WILL PREVENT INFECTION.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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COUGH REMEDY

EQUAL PARTS OF WHISKEY AND LEMON JUICE AND SYRUP IN A SHOT GLASS.

Submitter comment: THIS REMEDY DOES WORK, SOMEWHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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MEDICAL BELIEF

WEARING A CLOVE OF GARLIC ON A STRING AROUND YOUR NECK WILL
PREVENT CONTRACTION OF THE FLU.

Submitter comment: ITS EFFECTIVENESS IS DOUBTFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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MEDICAL BELIEF

CHEWED BREAD PLACED UPON AN INFECTED WOUND WILL DRAW THE
INFECTION OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS PURPORTED TO WORK WELL. ITALIAN ORIGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

IF YOU CHEAT AND LOSE, THERE WAS NO SENSE IN CHEATING. IF YOU
CHEAT AND WIN, THERE WAS NO SENSE IN PLAYING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERED THIS AS A WELL-KNOWN SAYING IN HER
FAMILY, BUT IT IS OF NO PARTICULAR ETHNIC ORIGIN.
THIS PROVERB IS USED TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GETTING INTO THE
HABIT OF CHEATING AND TO CORRECT THEM WHEN CAUGHT CHEATING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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ANIMAL BELIEF

COVER YOUR HEAD IF YOU SEE A BAT. THEY WILL GRAB YOUR HAIR
WITH THEIR FEET

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT MAINTAINS THIS TO BE AN OLD WIVE'S TALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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HUNTING BELIEF

BEARS SHOULD NEVER BE SHOT WHILE FACING THEM BECAUSE THEY WILL
LUNGE FORWARD. THEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE SHOT FROM THE SIDE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REPORTS THIS TO BE COMMON KNOWLEDGE AMONG
EXPERIENCED HUNTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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PHYSIOLOGICAL BELIEF-CUSTOM

AMERICAN INDIANS WOULD ISOLATE A WOMAN DURING HER MENSTRUAL
CYCLE BECAUSE IT WAS BELIEVED SHE WAS CONTAMINATED BY EVIL SPIRITS
DURING THIS TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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INFANT/ANIMAL CUSTOM-BELIEF

DONT LEAVE A BABY ALONE WITH A CAT OR IT WILL SUCK THE LIFE
OUT OF THE BABY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A FIRMLY HELD BELIEF AMONG THE INFORMANT'S ITALIAN
FEMALE RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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EXPECTANT MOTHER BELIEF-CUSTOM

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULDNT RAISE HER ARMS ABOVE HER HEAD OR SHE
WILL STRANGLE THE BABY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS FIRMLY HELD BY THE INFORMANT'S ITALIAN FEMALE
RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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JIM MORRISSON, LEADER OF THE MUSICAL GROUP "THE DOORS,"
REPORTEDLY DIED IN 1972 IN PARIS. IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME OF HIS FANS
THAT HE FAKED HIS DEATH AND IS ALIVE TO THE PRESENT DAY.
IT IS ALLEGEDLY QUITE EASY TO OBTAIN A DEATH CERTIFICATE IN
FRANCE. THE ONLY PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE SEEN HIS CORPSE ARE NOW
DEAD THEMSELVES. THIS IS ONLY A RUMOR. IT WILL PROBABLY
NEVER BE SOLVED SINCE IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT HIS GRAVE WILL BE
EXHUMED TO EITHER PROVE OR DISPROVE IT.
HIS REASON FOR DOING THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THAT HE WAS TIRED
OF THE PRESSURES OF SUPERSTARDOM AND SAW A STAGED DEATH
AS HIS ONLY MEANS OF ESCAPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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HERO/LEGEND BELIEF

JAMES DEAN, REPORTED TO HAVE DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN 1955,
IS BELIEVED TO STILL BE ALIVE, THOUGH HORRIBLY SCARRED. TO
HIDE HIS APPEARANCE, HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIVING ANONYMOUSLY IN A
SANITORIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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CONJURATION BELIEF

IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES IN A DARK ROOM, STAND IN FRONT OF A
MIRROR AND REPEAT "I BELIEVE IN BLOODY MARY" 99 TIMES AND THEN
ON THE 100TH REPETITION CHANGE THE STATEMENT TO "I DON'T BELIEVE
IN BLOODY MARY" SIMULTANEOUSLY OPENING YOUR EYES, BLOODY MARY
WILL EMERGE FROM THE MIRROR, CLAW YOUR FACE AND YOU WILL DIE OF
FRIGHT. IT IS UNKNOWN WHO BLOODY MARY IS OR WHY SHE CAN BE
CONJURED IN THIS WAY. WHEN I FIRST HEARD OF THIS I SCOFFED
AT IT, BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD THE NERVE TO TEST IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Favorites

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WARM WEATHER CUSTOM

TO COOL OFF ON A HOT DAY RUN COLD WATER OVER YOUR WRISTS
THIS WORKS FAIRLY WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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BIRTH BELIEF-CUSTOM

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN EXPOSES HER STOMACH TO THE FULL MOON THE
CHILD WILL BE FEMALE. THIS BELIEF IS USUALLY HELD BY "BACKWOODS"
PEOPLES, PARTICULARLY IN THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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MEASURE OF TIME CUSTOM

WHEN YOU CAN TOUCH THE HEAD OF YOUR SHADOW WITH YOUR FOOT, IT'S
STRAIGHT UP NOON.

Submitter comment: THIS IS REPORTEDLY AN ACCURATE GUAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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ETHNIC FOOD COMBINATION

MY ITALIAN MOTHER LEARNED TO MAKE ARMENIAN FOODS FROM HER
ARMENIAN MOTHER-IN-LAW. ON HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
SHE OFTEN PREPARES DISHES OF BOTH ITALIAN AND ARMENIAN ORIGIN.
THIS SHOWS THAT DIFFERENT ETHNIC FOODS CAN EXIST AND SURVIVE
SIDE BY SIDE, CONTRARY TO THE OPINION OF SOME FOLKLORISTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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BANA CAULDA (HOT BUTTER)

PEEL TWELVE LARGE CLOVES OF GARLIC. THINLY SLICE INTO A
ONE QUART SAUCEPAN. ADD FOUR OUNCES OF FLAT FILET
ANCHOVIES. COVER BOTTOM OF PAN WITH OLIVE OIL. PUT ON
MEDIUM HEAT. COOK TIL GARLIC IS SOFT. DO NOT BROWN.
MASH GARLIC AND ANCHOVIES WITH A FORK TIL FINE. ADD ONE
POUND OF BUTTER. STIR TIL BUTTER MELTS AND COMES TO A SOFT BOIL.
USING A FORK, DIP CABBAGE OR VEGETABLES OF CHOICE IN MIXTURE.
USE SLICED BREAD TO CATCH THE DRIPPINGS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITIONAL ITALIAN MEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
Food Drink -- Animal product Butter

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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CHICKEN CACCIATORE

BROWN FOUR HALF-POUND CHICKEN BREASTS IN CHICKEN FAT IN A
LARGE SKILLET, REMOVE FROM PAN. BROWN THREE CUPS DICED ONIONS
TIL GOLDEN IN PAN. ADD TWO POUNDS ITALIAN PULP TOMATOES CUT UP
FINE, FOUR LARGE GARLIC CLOVES DICED FINE, TEASPOON OF PEPPER,
ONE-FOURTH TEASPOON OREGANO, FIVE OUNCES SLICED MUSHROOMS,
FOURTEEN AND ONE-HALF OUNCES CHICKEN BROTH, STIR TO MIX WELL.
ADD CHICKEN. COVER AND SIMMER FOR ONE HOUR. TURN CHICKEN AFTER
ONE-HALF HOUR. SERVE WITH GRATED ROMANO OR PARMESAN CHEESE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITIONAL ITALIAN MEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry
Food Drink -- Animal product Cheese
Food Drink -- Flavoring Herb

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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ITALIAN BREAD

PUT FOUR TO FOUR AND ONE-HALF POUNDS FLOUR IN LARGE BOWL.
ADD ONE TABLESPOON SALT AND TWO TABLESPOONS SUGAR. MIX.
ADD TWO PACKAGES OF YEAST SOFTENED IN FOUR CUPS OF WATER. MIX
TIL IT NO LONGER CLINGS TO HANDS. ADD AMOUNT OF SHORTENING
EQUAL TO SIZE OF ONE SMALL EGG. KNEAD FOR FIFTEEN TO THIRTY
MINUTES. SET IN WARM PLACE TIL DOUBLE IN BULK. SHAPE AND
PUT IN LOAF PANS. LET RISE TIL DOUBLE IN SIZE. PLACE IN
300 DEGREE OVEN FOR ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES. REMOVE
FROM PANS AT ONCE. SET ON A METAL RACK TO COOL.

Submitter comment: THIS RECIPE WAS BROUGHT OVER FROM ITALY BY THE INFORMANT'S
ITALIAN GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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