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AN OLD POLISH FARMER'S BELIEF IS THAT WHEN A STORK
THROWS AWAY ONE OF THE TWO EGGS IT LAYS, THE YEAR
WILL BE DRY (BECAUSE A STORK'S MAIN FOOD IS FROGS
AND FROGS THRIVE IN WET WEATHER).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Observation
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
Favorites
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEE COWS LAYING DOWN, THAT MEANS IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS ITEM FROM MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD,
AND WE WERE TAKING A DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTRY. SHE HAD HEARD
IT FROM HER MOTHER, WHO STRONGLY BELIEVED IT, AND WHO HAD LIVED ON A
FARM AS A SMALL GIRL. MY MOTHER "THINKS THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO
IT," BUT DOES NOT TOTALLY BELIEVE IN THE IDEA. MY FATHER HAS HEARD
THE SUPERSTITION ALSO.
SOMETIMES WE WOULD SEE A GROUP OF COWS: SOME STANDING AND SOME
LYING. HAVING NO REAL ANSWER, MY PARENTS WOULD TELL ME THAT THE
COWS WERE NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS GOING TO DO.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: 891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
Favorites
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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FORECASTING WINTER

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, IF AN UNUSUALLY LARGE NUMBER OF SQUIRRELS
HAVE WHITE UNDER THEIR TAILS AND ALONG THE BACKS OF THEIR HIND LEGS,
THEN ONE CAN EXPECT A LONG HARD WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: 891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

YOU CAN TELL IF IT'S GOING TO BE A HARSH WINTER BY THE THICKNESS OF
THE COLORED BANDS ON THE WOOLY BEAR CATERPILLAR. IF THE BANDS ARE
THICK IT WILL BE A WINTER WITH A LOT OF SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT ONE CAN PREDICT THE SEVERITY OF THE WINTER
BY OBSERVING THE COLORATION OF THE WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR. IF THEY
ARE MOSTLY BLACK IN COLOR, THE WINTER WILL BE SEVERE, WHILE IF THEY
ARE MOSTLY BROWN IN COLOR, THE WINTER WILL BE LESS SEVERE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS BELIEF MIGHT BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; BELIEF

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

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FISHING BELIEF

THE ALASKAN INDIANS HAVE A PECULIAR WAY OF KNOWING WHEN TO FISH FOR
SALMON. THEIR SHAMAN, A TYPE OF MEDICINE MAN, GOES TO THE TOP (OF)
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN AND PRAYS TO THE SEA. WHEN HE SEES A SCHOOL
OF BELUGA WHALES SWIMMING CLOSE TO THE SURFACE NEAR SHORE, HE
RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE AND TELLS THE TRIBE THAT THEY CAN NOW GO
TO THE RIVERS AND CATCH ALL THE SALMON THAT THEY WILL NEED FOR THE
WINTER. IF THEY BEGIN CATCHING SALMON BEFORE THIS, IT WILL BRING
BAD LUCK ON THE VILLAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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YUGOSLAVIAN BELIEF

IF ALL THE COWS ARE LYING DOWN IN THE PASTURE, THAT MEANS IT WILL
RAIN ON THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS HAS A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF BEING TRUE.
MY INFORMANT'S FAMILY OWNS A FARM AND BELIEVES IN THIS SAYING. I
HAVE WITNESSED THIS MYSELF ON A FEW OCCASIONS. BEFORE IT RAINS THE
COWS WILL BE LYING DOWN, BUT IF THE RAIN PASSES YOU WILL SEE THEM
STANDING .

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE SHORES

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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