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Folklore: Packaging-Lore

beetle cat 07 Oct 04 - 10:40 PM
beetle cat 07 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 08 Oct 04 - 12:46 AM
GUEST 08 Aug 13 - 08:01 PM
Dita 09 Aug 13 - 04:31 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Packaging-Lore
From: beetle cat
Date: 07 Oct 04 - 10:40 PM

folk group- consumer

Examples;

"the lucky cigarette" - when one in a package is upside down, you save it for last. or when one is discolored.

and is one color lighter better than another/ why??

"the tootsie pop indian" - good luck when you get the indian on the wrapper that is shooting the star.

the black line on the inside of the gum wrapper - i remember this having some significance back in junior high, don't remember exactly what..

and does it mean anything when you get two pieces of cereal stuck together?

what other examples can you guys come up with??
interesting concept, i think.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Packaging-Lore
From: beetle cat
Date: 07 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM

i just remembered; if you got the black line on the inside of the gum wrapper, you would tare it in two, perpendicular to the black line. you would then take one piece, and count the number of characters on it (letters and numbers), but you would count alphabetically, not numerically. the first character being a, the second b, third c, and so on. when you have counted all of your characters, the one you ended on would be the initial of the boy that you should keep your eyes on, or the boy that you supposedly had a crush on, or had a crush on you, or something to that effect. sometimes we ended up with very unlucky letters.. so we claimed it to be the initial of the last name, and tried to think of someone more worth thinking of. yes, we were wicked little girls.

and similarly, there is the one with the can tab, where you move it up and down, counting letters until it falls off. the letter that it falls off on is the initial of a boy.

how about POGS? remember that? i have been told that Pog is a fruit drink, and people (hawaii?) would collect the part of the container that made the "pog" and play the game with it. sometimes you would get one that was extra thick.

any more ideas?????


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Packaging-Lore
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 Oct 04 - 12:46 AM

Here's a couple for ya:

#1) For extreme good luck, put half of a Kosher Zion hard salami in your shoe.

#2) To cure a SEVERE limp---------remove the salami from your shoe !!!

Love,

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Packaging-Lore
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 08:01 PM

About paper chains, I remember ... you had to make a gum wrapper chain necklace big enough to step through. Once it's done, you step through it three times thinking about a boy you liked to like you. Then you were supposed to burn the necklace on a full moon. Your wish was then to come true. Never tried it, but back then kids make up things to maybe get wishes to happen.    Antoinette


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Packaging-Lore
From: Dita
Date: 09 Aug 13 - 04:31 PM

Antoinette, In Scotland in the 1650's, your paper chain would have had you burnt as a witch. Instead of paper chain, it was knotted blankets that you would step through. It was also a charm for cureing sickness. I dont think you would have burned the blanketts though :0)

John


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