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LEGEND: WHY BURNT CHIPS ALWAYS FLOAT UP ALONG SHORE ON LAKE

SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 1920'S A MAN WHO WAS QUITE RICH SAILED IN HIS
YACHT BETWEEN BENTON HARBOR AND PORT HURON. HIS WIFE HAD DIED,
AND HE WAS VERY DESPONDENT. ONE NIGHT NEAR BENTON HARBOR, HIS
BOAT, WHICH HAD HE AND HIS THREE CREWMEN ABOARD, CAUGHT FIRE.
RESCUE EFFORTS FAILED AND THE BOAT FINALLY SANK OFF GLEN,
MICHIGAN. EVEN TODAY BURNT CHIPS STILL FLOAT UP ALONG THE SHORE
OF THE BIG LAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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LOCAL LEGEND: THE THREE BEARS (THE MOTHER AND HER TWO CUBS)

AN ENORMOUS FOREST FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE OF LAKE
MICHIGAN. A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS WERE FORCED TO SWIM
TOWARD THE MICHIGAN SIDE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES. SHORTLY BEFORE
THE TWIN CUBS REACHED THE MICHIGAN COAST NEAR LELAND, THEY GREW
EXHAUSTED AND DROWNED. THE MOTHER BEAR, A STRONGER SWIMMER,
REACHED LAND FIRST AND, UNAWARE OF HER CUBS' FATE, FELL INTO A
DEEP SLUMBER TO AWAIT THEIR ARRIVAL. THE CUBS NEVER ARRIVED,
BUT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE SHORELINE AS NORTH AND SOUTH MANITOU
ISLANDS. THE BEAR STILL SLEEPS; THE ENORMOUS SANDY BLUFFS TO
THIS DAY ARE KNOWN AS SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAN LOSES HIS HEAD TWICE

A MAN HAD HIS HEAD CUT OFF BY A TRACTOR ON A VERY COLD DAY. HE
PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THAT EVENING HE SAT BEFORE THE
FIRE TO WARM HIMSELF AND HIS HEAD ROLLED OFF.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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MAN LOSES HIS HEAD

A MAN WAS SKIING ONE DAY WHEN HE FELL IN FRONT OF A TRACTOR WHICH
CUT HIS HEAD OFF. HE PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THE DAY
WAS VERY COLD AND HIS HEAD FROZE IN PLACE, AND HE LIVED.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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FIRE BALL

OUTSIDE OF LAMBERTVILLE (MISSOURI), THERE IS A FARM WHERE A NEGRO
FAMILY WAS SHARECROPPING (ABOUT 30 OR SO YEARS AGO). ALMOST EVERY
NIGHT AFTER DARK, THEY'D SEE A BALL OF FIRE COME OUT OF THE FIELD,
ROLL ACROSS THE YARD AND DISAPPEAR AT THE CORNER OF THE FENCE
POLE. THIS SCARED THE FAMILY AND THEY SOON MOVED OUT, LEAVING THE
HOUSE ABANDONED. THE LOCAL YOUTHS TOOK THE FIREBALL AS A SIGN
THAT TREASURE WAS BURIED ON THE PROPERTY. ONE NIGHT THEY DETER-
MINED TO SNEAK OVER AND DIG IT UP. THEY WENT BUT WERE TOO SCARED
TO DIG AND THEY SOON LEFT. THEY HOWEVER DIDN'T SEE THE FIRE BALL.
(THE INFORMANT WAS ONE OF THESE YOUTHS.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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BALL OF FIRE

A MAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS BEDROOM WITH HIS THROAT CUT AND HIS
WRISTS CUT. NO ONE WOULD EVER SLEEP IN THE ROOM WHERE THE MAN
DIED BECAUSE A BALL OF FIRE APPEARED UNDER THE BED. IT WOULD
COME OUT FROM UNDER THE BED AND HIT THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE ROOM
AND THEN RETURN TO ITS RESTING PLACE.
THEY THOUGHT THAT THE MAN HAD BEEN MURDERED, BUT THEY WERE NEVER
ABLE TO FIND THE MURDERER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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MARCH

ITALIANS SAY THAT MARCH IS CRAZY--"MARZO E PAZZO."
AND SO MARCH GOT ANGRY AND RESENTED IT; SO HE SAID
TO HIS BROTHER, APRIL, "O BROTHER APRIL, LOAN ME
FOUR DAYS, SO I CAN PUNISH THESE PEOPLE." THAT IS
WHY THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF APRIL ARE ALWAYS THE
WORST KIND OF WEATHER.

Submitter comment: THE IRISH VERSION OF THIS IS AN OLD "RIABLACK"
OR BRINDLED COW DYING FOR LACK OF FODDER IN MARCH.
THE COW PRAYED THANKING GOD THAT MARCH WAS OVER,
BUT MARCH HEARD HER AND BORROWED 1, 2, OR 3, DAYS FROM
APRIL IN ORDER TO DO AWAY WITH THE COW.--AMA C. BARR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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THE THREE SPARKS

ONCE UPON A TIME, GOD HAD NOTHING TO DO, AND HE
ENCOUNTERED THREE SPARKS WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO.
HE TALKED TO THEM AND TOLD THEM TO GO OUT AND
PROVE THEIR WORTH.
THE FIRST SPARK FLUNG ITSELF AT A DRY FOREST AND
CREATED A MONSTROUS FIRE. IT DID SO TO PROVE TO GOD
THE GREAT POWER OF GOD'S CREATION.
THE SECOND SPARK SAW AN ENEMY CAMP MOBILIZING FOR AN
ATTACK. THE SPARK SET FIRE TO THE POWDER STORES
AND MUNITIONS FORCING THE ENEMY TO RETURN TO THEIR
HOMELAND.
THE THIRD SPARK NOTICED A MOTHER AND HER SON VERY COLD
ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH NO FIRE TO KINDLE THEIR DRY
TWIGS. THE SPARK GAVE ITSELF TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE
FROM THE COLD.
GOD BANISHED THE FIRST AND SECOND SPARKS, BUT THE
THIRD SPARK, HE PUT AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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LEGEND: WHY BURNT CHIPS ALWAYS FLOAT UP ALONG SHORE ON LAKE

SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 1920'S A MAN WHO WAS QUITE RICH SAILED IN HIS
YACHT BETWEEN BENTON HARBOR AND PORT HURON. HIS WIFE HAD DIED,
AND HE WAS VERY DESPONDENT. ONE NIGHT NEAR BENTON HARBOR, HIS
BOAT, WHICH HAD HE AND HIS THREE CREWMEN ABOARD, CAUGHT FIRE.
RESCUE EFFORTS FAILED AND THE BOAT FINALLY SANK OFF GLEN,
MICHIGAN. EVEN TODAY BURNT CHIPS STILL FLOAT UP ALONG THE SHORE
OF THE BIG LAKE.

Data entry tech comment: BENTON HARBOR AND PORT HURON, MICHIGAN, ARE ON LAKE HURON,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 11-00-1968

View just this record

LOCAL LEGEND: THE THREE BEARS (THE MOTHER AND HER TWO CUBS)

AN ENORMOUS FOREST FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE OF LAKE
MICHIGAN. A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS WERE FORCED TO SWIM
TOWARD THE MICHIGAN SIDE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES. SHORTLY BEFORE
THE TWIN CUBS REACHED THE MICHIGAN COAST NEAR LELAND, THEY GREW
EXHAUSTED AND DROWNED. THE MOTHER BEAR, A STRONGER SWIMMER,
REACHED LAND FIRST AND, UNAWARE OF HER CUBS' FATE, FELL INTO A
DEEP SLUMBER TO AWAIT THEIR ARRIVAL. THE CUBS NEVER ARRIVED,
BUT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE SHORELINE AS NORTH AND SOUTH MANITOU
ISLANDS. THE BEAR STILL SLEEPS; THE ENORMOUS SANDY BLUFFS TO
THIS DAY ARE KNOWN AS SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAN LOSES HIS HEAD TWICE

A MAN HAD HIS HEAD CUT OFF BY A TRACTOR ON A VERY COLD DAY. HE
PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THAT EVENING HE SAT BEFORE THE
FIRE TO WARM HIMSELF AND HIS HEAD ROLLED OFF.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

View just this record

MAN LOSES HIS HEAD

A MAN WAS SKIING ONE DAY WHEN HE FELL IN FRONT OF A TRACTOR WHICH
CUT HIS HEAD OFF. HE PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THE DAY
WAS VERY COLD AND HIS HEAD FROZE IN PLACE, AND HE LIVED.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

View just this record

FIRE BALL

OUTSIDE OF LAMBERTVILLE (MISSOURI), THERE IS A FARM WHERE A NEGRO
FAMILY WAS SHARECROPPING (ABOUT 30 OR SO YEARS AGO). ALMOST EVERY
NIGHT AFTER DARK, THEY'D SEE A BALL OF FIRE COME OUT OF THE FIELD,
ROLL ACROSS THE YARD AND DISAPPEAR AT THE CORNER OF THE FENCE
POLE. THIS SCARED THE FAMILY AND THEY SOON MOVED OUT, LEAVING THE
HOUSE ABANDONED. THE LOCAL YOUTHS TOOK THE FIREBALL AS A SIGN
THAT TREASURE WAS BURIED ON THE PROPERTY. ONE NIGHT THEY DETER-
MINED TO SNEAK OVER AND DIG IT UP. THEY WENT BUT WERE TOO SCARED
TO DIG AND THEY SOON LEFT. THEY HOWEVER DIDN'T SEE THE FIRE BALL.
(THE INFORMANT WAS ONE OF THESE YOUTHS.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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BALL OF FIRE

A MAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS BEDROOM WITH HIS THROAT CUT AND HIS
WRISTS CUT. NO ONE WOULD EVER SLEEP IN THE ROOM WHERE THE MAN
DIED BECAUSE A BALL OF FIRE APPEARED UNDER THE BED. IT WOULD
COME OUT FROM UNDER THE BED AND HIT THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE ROOM
AND THEN RETURN TO ITS RESTING PLACE.
THEY THOUGHT THAT THE MAN HAD BEEN MURDERED, BUT THEY WERE NEVER
ABLE TO FIND THE MURDERER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-11-1964

View just this record

MARCH

ITALIANS SAY THAT MARCH IS CRAZY--"MARZO E PAZZO."
AND SO MARCH GOT ANGRY AND RESENTED IT; SO HE SAID
TO HIS BROTHER, APRIL, "O BROTHER APRIL, LOAN ME
FOUR DAYS, SO I CAN PUNISH THESE PEOPLE." THAT IS
WHY THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF APRIL ARE ALWAYS THE
WORST KIND OF WEATHER.

Submitter comment: THE IRISH VERSION OF THIS IS AN OLD "RIABLACK"
OR BRINDLED COW DYING FOR LACK OF FODDER IN MARCH.
THE COW PRAYED THANKING GOD THAT MARCH WAS OVER,
BUT MARCH HEARD HER AND BORROWED 1, 2, OR 3, DAYS FROM
APRIL IN ORDER TO DO AWAY WITH THE COW.--AMA C. BARR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 03-07-1970

View just this record

THE THREE SPARKS

ONCE UPON A TIME, GOD HAD NOTHING TO DO, AND HE
ENCOUNTERED THREE SPARKS WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO.
HE TALKED TO THEM AND TOLD THEM TO GO OUT AND
PROVE THEIR WORTH.
THE FIRST SPARK FLUNG ITSELF AT A DRY FOREST AND
CREATED A MONSTROUS FIRE. IT DID SO TO PROVE TO GOD
THE GREAT POWER OF GOD'S CREATION.
THE SECOND SPARK SAW AN ENEMY CAMP MOBILIZING FOR AN
ATTACK. THE SPARK SET FIRE TO THE POWDER STORES
AND MUNITIONS FORCING THE ENEMY TO RETURN TO THEIR
HOMELAND.
THE THIRD SPARK NOTICED A MOTHER AND HER SON VERY COLD
ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH NO FIRE TO KINDLE THEIR DRY
TWIGS. THE SPARK GAVE ITSELF TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE
FROM THE COLD.
GOD BANISHED THE FIRST AND SECOND SPARKS, BUT THE
THIRD SPARK, HE PUT AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire

Date learned: 10-12-1971

View just this record

LEGEND: WHY BURNT CHIPS ALWAYS FLOAT UP ALONG SHORE ON LAKE

SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 1920'S A MAN WHO WAS QUITE RICH SAILED IN HIS
YACHT BETWEEN BENTON HARBOR AND PORT HURON. HIS WIFE HAD DIED,
AND HE WAS VERY DESPONDENT. ONE NIGHT NEAR BENTON HARBOR, HIS
BOAT, WHICH HAD HE AND HIS THREE CREWMEN ABOARD, CAUGHT FIRE.
RESCUE EFFORTS FAILED AND THE BOAT FINALLY SANK OFF GLEN,
MICHIGAN. EVEN TODAY BURNT CHIPS STILL FLOAT UP ALONG THE SHORE
OF THE BIG LAKE.

Data entry tech comment: BENTON HARBOR AND PORT HURON, MICHIGAN, ARE ON LAKE HURON, NOT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 11-00-1968

View just this record

LOCAL LEGEND: THE THREE BEARS (THE MOTHER AND HER TWO CUBS)

AN ENORMOUS FOREST FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE OF LAKE
MICHIGAN. A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS WERE FORCED TO SWIM
TOWARD THE MICHIGAN SIDE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES. SHORTLY BEFORE
THE TWIN CUBS REACHED THE MICHIGAN COAST NEAR LELAND, THEY GREW
EXHAUSTED AND DROWNED. THE MOTHER BEAR, A STRONGER SWIMMER,
REACHED LAND FIRST AND, UNAWARE OF HER CUBS' FATE, FELL INTO A
DEEP SLUMBER TO AWAIT THEIR ARRIVAL. THE CUBS NEVER ARRIVED,
BUT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE SHORELINE AS NORTH AND SOUTH MANITOU
ISLANDS. THE BEAR STILL SLEEPS; THE ENORMOUS SANDY BLUFFS TO
THIS DAY ARE KNOWN AS SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

View just this record

MAN LOSES HIS HEAD TWICE

A MAN HAD HIS HEAD CUT OFF BY A TRACTOR ON A VERY COLD DAY. HE
PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THAT EVENING HE SAT BEFORE THE
FIRE TO WARM HIMSELF AND HIS HEAD ROLLED OFF.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

View just this record

MAN LOSES HIS HEAD

A MAN WAS SKIING ONE DAY WHEN HE FELL IN FRONT OF A TRACTOR WHICH
CUT HIS HEAD OFF. HE PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT BACK ON. THE DAY
WAS VERY COLD AND HIS HEAD FROZE IN PLACE, AND HE LIVED.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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