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SAYING

A MAN WHO KEEPS DIRTY FINGERNAILS DO NOT TOUCH MUCH WATER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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SAYING

THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH

Submitter comment: SHE WAS MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN FOR OVER 50 YEARS.
SHE IS THE MOTHER OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING FOOD ; LOVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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SAYING

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MAN AND A BOY IS THE PRICE OF
THEIR TOYS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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REMEDIES

TO REMOVE A STAR FROM THE EYE, USE ALAGA SYRUP DILUTED WITH WATER.

James Callow comment: WHEN THE COLLECTOR ASKED THE INFORMANT WHETHER A STAR WAS A STY,
THE INFORMANT SAID SHE ALWAYS KNEW A STY BY ONLY ONE NAME--
A STAR--AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE SHE KNEW IN MOBILE CALLED IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): STY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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REMEDIES

JELLO WATER STOPS STOMACH UPSETS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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SAYINGS

A PERSON SHOULD NEVER PIERCE EARS UNLESS THERE IS A FULL MOON
BECAUSE IT WILL CAUSE COMPLICATIONS.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO GET SEVERE INFECTIONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL WILL TAKE CARE OF BLADDER INFECTIONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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REMEDIES

CATNIP TEAS IS GOOD FOR COLIC IN BABIES.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE HAS NEVER HAD TO EXPERIENCE HER CHILDREN
CRYING AT NIGHT.
MOTHER OF THIRTEEN

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

TAKE ONE TEASPOON OF DRY MUSTARD; IT WILL DROP BLOOD PRESSURE.

Submitter comment: BEFORE MY GRANDMOTHER VISITS THE DOCTOR, SHE TAKES MUSTARD
AND SHE SAYS IT DROPS HER BLOOD PRESSURE EVERY TIME.
MY GRANDMOTHER HAS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WILL TAKE THE STING OUT OF INSECT BITES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

ACIDOPHILUS YOGURT CAN BE USED TO CURE VAGINAL INFECTIONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

TAKING ZINC AND PINEAPPLE JUICE A FEW DAYS BEFORE HAVING DENTAL
SURGERY, WILL HELP EASE THE PAIN AND ANY COMPLICATIONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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REMEDIES

OPEN A VITAMIN E CAPSULE AND APPLY AROUND THE EYES; IT WILL REMOVE LINES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): WRINKLES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P754

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Please do not put your hat on the table. This is bad luck !

Submitter comment: My mother quickly put my hat in the chair as she yelled out
do not put that there, it is bad luck.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Warlocks kill the youngest male in the family who has not
been baptized and takes the fat from the body and uses it for
power to fly.

Submitter comment: As the informant told this to me I could see that she was
only relating a folklore to me. I do not believe she actually
took this to heart.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE SWEATS ON THEIR NOSE IT MEANS THAT THEY ARE MEAN
OR EVIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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REMEDY

PLACE A LARGE QUANTITY OF ROCK CANDY IN A LITTLE WHISKEY TO
MAKE A THICK SYRUP. TAKE A FEW SPOONFULS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY
TO CURE A COLD OR CHEST CONGESTION.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 04-14-1972

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HEADACHE CURE

A RAW POTATO CUT INTO PIECES, THEN WRAPPED IN A CLOTH AND
TIED AROUND YOUR HEAD WILL CURE A HEADACHE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 04-14-1972

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CURE FOR STYS

TO CURE A STY ON YOUR EYE, GET WAX FROM YOUR EAR AND PUT IT
ON THE STY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GET A CUT OR OPEN WOUND ON GROUND HOG DAY, IT WON'T HEAL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-14-1972

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