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WHY IS A BARBER POLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED? RED STANDS
FOR BLOOD AND WHITE STANDS FOR BANDAGES BECAUSE THE BARBER
ALWAYS DID THE BLEEDING FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Keyword(s): Ailments ; Bandages ; Barber ; Barber Pole ; Bleeding ; COLOR ; CURE ; DISEASE ; HAIR ; ILLNESS ; Pole ; PREVENTION ; Red ; SICKNESS ; Signal ; Symbolize ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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NOT REALLY DEAD?

AN OLD COLORED LADY DIED AND THEY PUT MONEY ON HER EYES
TO WEIGH HER EYES DOWN. SHE WASN'T REALLY DEAD, SO
SHE GOT UP OUT OF THE CASKET AND CAME DOWNSTAIRS
JIGGLING THE MONEY SHE HAD ON HER EYES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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REMEDY

COBWEBS WILL STOP BLEEDING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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CURE FOR SORE THROAT

CURE A SORE THROAT BY HEATING SLICES OF FAT BACK. LAY THE FAT
BACK ON A CLOTH, THEN TIE THE CLOTH AROUND THE THROAT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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