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A GOOD LOVE POTION IS MADE FROM THE WEB OF WILD DUCK'S FEET. THE
FOOT IS DRIED AND POWDERED. IF YOU PUT THIS IN A CUP OF COFFEE
OR A GLASS OF MILK, THE PERSON WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. BUT IF THE
JUICE IS USED, THE LOVE WILL GO SOUR.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIAC

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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WHEN I WANT MY TRUE LOVE BY ME
I SHAPE MY SHOES INTO A T.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE TO BRING YOUR LOVER TO YOUR SIDE. YOU SAY THIS AFTER
YOU HAVE ARRANGED YOUR SHOES SO THAT THE TOE OF THE RIGHT SHOE
TOUCHES THE MIDDLE OF THE LEFT SHOE.
INFORMANT REMEMBERS READING ABOUT THIS IN A MAGAZINE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Emblem

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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TO FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY, TAKE AN APPLE BY THE
STEM AND TWIST THE APPLE WHILE YOU ARE SAYING THE ALPHABET.
THE LETTER THAT YOU ARE SAYING WHEN THE STEM BREAKES IS THE INITIAL
OF THE PERSON YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS DOING THIS WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO LOVERS, TAKE TWO APPLE SEEDS AND NAME ONE FOR
EACH PERSON. SPIT ON THE SEEDS AND STICK THEM ON YOUR FOREHEAD.
THE SEED THAT STAYS ON THE LONGEST WILL LET YOU KNOW WHO IS THE
RIGHT MAN FOR YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS HEARING ABOUT THIS IN A MAGAZINE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF THE HEM OF A GIRL'S DRESS IS ACCIDENTLY TURNED UP, IT MEANS
THAT HER LOVER IS THINKING ABOUT HER. THE GIRL SHOULD KISS THE
HEM AND MAKE A WISH BEFORE TURNING THE HEM DOWN. THE WISH THAT
SHE HAS MADE WILL COME TRUE WITHIN A WEEK.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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TAKE THE SEEDS OF AN APPLE AND NAME THEM FOR YOUR LOVERS. THROW
THEM ONE BY ONE INTO A FIRE. THE SEED THAT MAKES THE LOUDEST NOISE
IS THE LOVE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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RIDDLE

HOW DID THE MAUMEE RIVER GET ITS NAME?
AN INDIAN SQUAW WAS CROSSING THE RIVER AND DROPPED HER BABY INTO
THE RIVER. THE BABY CRIED OUT, "MAUMEE, MAUMEE."

Where learned: OHIO ; DEFIANCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1978

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