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If you are wearing your belt twisted, you are in love.

Submitter comment: My mom used to say that to me when I was young to
tease me.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Laurel

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00001970S

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To cure ringworm on children take some chewing tobacco and
mix with petroleum jelly and place this on the rash. It should
be approximately one week before any results are noticeable.

Submitter comment: Informant states that she tried this on her daughter who
contacted ringworm from playing in the sand.

James Callow comment: Puckett, Ohio recommends curing ringworm with "strong tobacco
leaves" (no. 11126), "saliva from a man smoking a cigar" (11127),
and "nicotine juice from a pipe" (11128), but with no admixture
of vaseline or any other ingredient.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Laurel

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1951

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Superstition

Never let a man place his hat on a woman's bed. It's bad
luck to the woman.

James Callow comment: "Putting your hat on the bed is an almost universal Negro
sign of bad luck" (N. N. Puckett, "Folk Beliefs of the Southern
Negro," p. 410). Puckett cites informants from Alabama and
Mississippi.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Laurel

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1944

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Superstition

When wanting a man to fall in love, place sugar in a glass of
water and stir toward you (the stirrer) saying the person's name
three times.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Laurel

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Marriage

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