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TO MY SURPRISE THE SUBURBS OF SAN DIEGO
DO NOT HAVE ANY CURBS. WHEN
I ASKED MY AUNT WHY THEY DIDN'T SHE
REPLIED LAUGHINGLY, "THOSE ARE GUTTERS."

Submitter comment: IN SAN DIEGO THEIR CURBS ARE FLAT
TO ALLOW PROPER DRAINAGE WHEN IT RAINS.
THUS THE REASON FOR CALLING THEM GUTTERS.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1979

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TO TENDERIZE MEAT PUT IT IN A
POT OF HOT WATER AND ADD RUSTY
NAILS; LET BOIL FOR TEN MINUTES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED SHE NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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IF YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH
THE DEAD WRITE A LETTER, PUT IT
IN A BOWL OF WATER AND PUT IT UNDER
YOUR BED; IF YOU DO THIS THE DEAD
PERSON YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH
WILL COME AND READ THE LETTER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED HER GRANDMOTHER
TOLD HER HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH
THE DEAD.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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IF YOU DON'T WANT A CERTAIN PERSON
TO EVER COME TO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN THROW
SALT BEHIND HIM AS HE LEAVES. THE TRICK
IS NOT TO LET HIM SEE YOU DOING IT BECAUSE
IF HE DOES THE SALT WONT WORK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THIS WAS PASSED ON TO HER
BY HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER WHO WAS FROM GEORGIA.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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IF YOU WANT GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT
THE YEAR, EAT BLACK EYED PEAS AND
HOG HEAD ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THIS WAS A TRADITION
AROUND HER HOUSE.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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REVERSE BUZZ

THIS IS A VARIATION ON THE FAMILIAR NUMBER GAME, BUZZ,
IN WHICH A GROUP OF PEOPLE TAKE TURNS COUNTING,
SAYING "BUZZ" IN PLACE OF EVERY NUMBER CONTAINING A
7 OR DIVISIBLE BY 7. THIS VARIATION IS USED AS A
DRINKING GAME, AND THE COUNTING GOES AROUND A TABLE
OF DRINKERS. HOWEVER, EACH TIME "BUZZ" IS SAID THE
DIRECTION OF COUNTING REVERSES ITSELF AND GOES BACK
AROUND THE TABLE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THIS
LEADS TO GREAT CONFUSION, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE PLAYERS
ARE A LITTLE HIGH, AND PARTICULARLY AT SPOTS LIKE 27-28,
WHERE TWO BUZZES OCCUR IN A ROW. THE FIRST PERSON
TO MAKE A MISTAKE MUST TAKE A GENEROUS DRINK OF BEER
AND BEGIN COUNTING AT ONE AGAIN.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MARINES ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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THE PRINCE OF WALES

THIS IS A BEER DRINKING GAME FOR APPROXIMATELY 5-8
DRINKERS SEATED AROUND THE TABLE. ONE PERSON BEGINS
BY SAYING: "THE PRINCE OF WALES LOST HIS TAILS, TAILS,
ON NO. (BLANK." THE NUMBER INSERTED CORRESPONDS
TO ONE OF THE OTHER DRINKERS, COUNTED CLOCKWISE AROUND
THE TABLE FROM THE ORIGINATOR. THE PERSON DESIGNATED
MUST IMMEDIATELY RESPOND BY SAYING "WHO? (BLANK? NO.
(BLANK)," INSERTING HIS OWN NUMBER IN THE FIRST BLANK
AND SOMEONE ELSE'S IN THE SECOND, THIS TIME COUNTED
CLOCKWISE FROM HIM. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL SOMEONE
FAILS TO RESPOND TO HIS NUMBER, RESPONDS TOO SLOWLY,
MAKES A PRONUNCIATION ERROR, OR MAKES SOME OTHER ERROR
WHICH THE GROUP CONSIDERS UNALLOWABLE. THE PERSON WHO
MAKES THE ERROR MUST THEN TAKE A GENEROUS DRINK OF
BEER AND BEGIN THE NEXT ROUND.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MARINES ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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BLACK MEMBERS OF THE MARINE CORPS HAVE ADOPTED CERTAIN BLACK
MUSLIM HANDSHAKES AS A FORM OF GREETING. THEY ARE QUITE
COMPLICATED, AND INDIVIDUALS ARE FREE TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN
VARIATIONS. THE RIGHT HAND IS HELD IN A FIST AND THE TWO
PEOPLE STRIKE THEIR FISTS TOGETHER RAPIDLY IN COMBINATIONS
OF SIDE, FRONT, TOP, AND BOTTOM, AND USUALLY END BY OPENING
THEIR FISTS AND GRASPING ONE ANOTHER'S HANDS. SOME WEAR
LEATHER BRACELETS WITH FRINGE OR TASSELS HANGING FROM THEM,
AND THESE FLY ABOUT RHYTHMICALLY DURING THE HANDSHAKE.
WHEN THE GREETING IS BETWEEN A BOY AND A GIRL, SOME FORM OF
LIGHT KISS IS OFTEN INCLUDED IN THE HANDSHAKE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE SEEN SITUATIONS MANY TIMES WHERE A BLACK PERSON
WOULD COME UP TO A TABLE OF AS MANY AS A DOZEN OTHER BLACK
PEOPLE AND GIVE SUCH A HANDSHAKE TO EACH ONE, A PROCESS
OF PERHAPS 5 MINUTES ALTOGETHER.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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WHEN PLAYING ANY DRINKING GAME, IT IS NOT ALLOWABLE TO
POINT AT A PERSON WHO HAS MADE A MISTAKE WITH ONE'S
FINGER. YOU MUST POINT ONLY WITH YOUR ELBOWS.
A PERSON CAUGHT POINTING WITH HIS FINGER MUST TAKE A
DRINK AS PUNISHMENT.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO ; MARINE BASE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport
Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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