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IF YOU WEAR TENNIS SHOES YOU'LL RUIN YOUR EYESIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER CHILDREN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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EVIL EYE

IF YOU BRAG ABOUT A CHILD, OR YOUR WIFE, OR ABOUT ANYTHING, THE
EVIL EYE WILL TAKE IT AWAY. TO AVOID THIS, WHENEVER BRAGGING
YOU SHOULD END THE ADULATION WITH A CRITICAL COMMENT.

Submitter comment: AS AN EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF SAYING, "MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE
ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL." A CAUTIOUS PERSON WOULD SAY,
"MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL, BUT
HE NEVER CLEANS HIS ROOM."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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HOUSEWARMING GIFTS

WHEN A FRIEND GETS A NEW HOUSE, YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM HONEY AND
BREAD ON YOUR FIRST VISIT. DR. SNIDER DOES NOT REMEMBER WHY
THIS IS DONE, BUT HE REMEMBERS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): NEW HOME

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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IF A BIRD FLIES INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, THAT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK. THE BIRD REPRESENTS SOMEBODY'S SOUL, SO IT IS
AS IF SOMEBODY'S SOUL CAME TO BESTOW GOOD TIDINGS UPON
YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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DR. SNIDER HEARD THE PHRASE:
"DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MULE GOING BLIND,
HIT HIM IN THE HEAD WITH A LOADED LINE."
A FEW TIMES WHILE GROWING UP. HE DOESN'T REMEMBER
WHY HE HEARD IT, BUT HE REMEMBERS THINKING IT WAS A SLAVE
CONCEPT ABOUT BEATING PEOPLE INTO SUBMISSION.

Submitter comment: AFTER TELLING THIS TO ME, DR. SNIDER EXPLAINED
THAT HIS FAMILY NEVER OWNED SLAVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; WHIPPING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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IF A PERSON IS ILL, FOLLOW THIS RECIPE: FEED A COLD,
STARVE A FEVER. IF A PERSON HAS A COLD, HE SHOULD DRINK A LOT
OF FLUIDS, EAT A LOT OF CHICKEN SOUP, AND TRY TO EAT A LOT IN
GENERAL TO KEEP UP HIS STRENGTH. IF HE HAS A FEVER, HE SHOULD
REFRAIN FROM EATING OR DRINKING ANYTHING EXCEPT WATER SO THAT THE
FEVER HAS NOTHING TO FUEL IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): ILLNESS ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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IF SOMEBODY HAS A COLD OR A SORE THROAT, A GOOD CURE IS
TO DRINK A MIXTURE OF RAW EGG, LIQUOR, MILK, AND HONEY.
THIS IS CALLED A GOGOL MUGGLE. THIS IS A GERMAN TERM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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JEWISH PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A MEZUZAH ON THEIR MAIN DOOR
FRAME. THERE SHOULD BE ONE ON EVERY ENTRANCE, BUT THERE MUST
BE ONE ON THE MAIN DOOR. INSIDE THE MEZUZAH IS A TINY SCROLL
WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WRITTEN ON IT. A GOOD JEW IS
SUPPOSED TO KISS THE MEZUZAH ON THEIR WAY INTO THE HOUSE.
THIS PRACTICE IS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

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DR. SNIDER'S WIFE, KIT, ALWAYS MAKES A RASPBERRY JELLO MOLD
FOR THANKSGIVING. ONE YEAR SHE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE
USUAL INGREDIENTS AND THE FAMILY COMPLAINED FOR WEEKS. NOW SHE
MAKES THE JELLO EVERY YEAR TO AVOID ANY HASSLES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITION WHICH STARTED WITH THE SNIDERS WITHIN
THE LAST THIRTY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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YOU SHOULD PUT OLD COFFEE GROUNDS IN THE SOIL AROUND PLANTS
(INDOORS OR OUTDOORS). THIS IS GOOD FOR PLANTS. MRS. SNIDER
THINKS IT MAY BE GOOD BECAUSE OF THE ACID IN THE GROUNDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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Betting on a cock fight with an excess of more than one hundred
dollars and the cock that you bet on loses, you will have
bad luck for one week.

Submitter comment: I learned of this belief back in seventh grade when we had a
guest speaker come in and talk to the class about games
involving animals.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Ring, Money.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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Putting tabasco sauce on bread and feeding it to ducks can
put a curse on you. And soon something degrading will
happen to you.

Submitter comment: I learned of this story back in grade school when the
teacher scolded some of my friends for going to the pond
and feeding the ducks with bread soaked in tabasco sauce.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): tabasco, hot, spicy.

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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Wearing used clothes from a thrift shop may bring you either
good luck or bad luck, depending on how the original owners
conducted themselves when wearing those clothes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Articles, Fashion

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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