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ROAD THAT SHAKES

THERE IS A ROAD IN DETROIT THAT SHAKES WHEN IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: I ASKED THE INFORMANT WHERE THIS ROAD WAS AND HE SAID THAT HE
COULD NOT REMEMBER, BUT HE HAD BEEN THERE ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO.
HE EXPLAINED THAT HE DIDN'T THINK THAT THE ROAD SHOOK BECAUSE
IT WAS GOING TO RAIN, BUT BECAUSE CARS CAUSED IT TO VIBRATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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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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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THE AVOCADO TREE BLOOMS LATE THERE WILL BE STORM.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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A YELLOW HAZE AROUND THE SUN FORETELLS CALM WEATHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control

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WHEN A WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR GROWS A HEAVY COAT, IT MEANS
THE WINTER TO FOLLOW WILL BE A HARD ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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NO DEW IN THE MORNING FORETELLS RAIN BY EVENING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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HEAVY DEW INDICATES A FINE DAY WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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IF THE SUN SETS BEHIND A CLOUD, THIS MEANS RAIN WILL COME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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IF THE MOON HANGS WITH ITS POINTS DOWN IT INDICATES WET
WEATHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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DEW ON THE GRASS MEANS FAIR WEATHER THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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DURING "DOG DAYS" IN JUNE THERE IS MORE DEW ON THE GRASS.

James Callow comment: DOG DAYS OCCUR BETWEEN MID-JULY AND SEPTEMBER, NOT IN JUNE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LAMB AND GOES OUT LIKE A LION OR VICE
VERSA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

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ALL WEATHER SIGNS FAIL IN WET OR DRY WEATHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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WHEN YOU SEE A RAINBOW THERE WILL BE NO MORE RAIN THAT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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A RING AROUND THE MOON MEANS BAD WEATHER IS COMING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY AT DAWNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 06-26-1973

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MARE'S TAILS TRAILING WISPS OF CLOUDS FORETELLS RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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