In a dish of mashed potatoes place a ring, a dime, and a thimble. Each

guest is provided with a spoon with which to eat the potatoes; whoever

gets the ring is to be married within a year; the thimble signifies

single blessedness, while the dime prophesies riches or a legacy.

Some canny lassies have been known to get the ring into one of their

very first spoonfuls, and have kept it for fun in their mouths, tucked

snugly beneath the tongue, until the dish was emptied. Such a lass was

believed to possess the rare accomplishment of being able to hold her

tongue, but nevertheless tricky.

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