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UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN

THE ROCKS ON THE UPPER PENINSULA ARE CONSIDERED SACRED AND
HAUNTED. THE INDIANS BELIEVED THIS BECAUSE NOTHING LIVES THERE
AND THE VEGETATION IS SPARSE. THE INDIANS ALSO FEARED THIS PLACE
BECAUSE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE ROCKS SO OFTEN.

Submitter comment: MIKE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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MY BROTHER AND I USED TO HAVE A TOY BOWLING SET
BACK IN THE LATE 60s. SINCE WE WERE ONLY TODDLERS
WE WERE BOTH AFRAID OF THE NOISE MADE WHEN THE BALLS
STRUCK THE PINS. WE QUICKLY OUTGREW OUR CHILDISH
FEARS OF BOWLING, BUT WE WERE BOTH SCARED OF THUNDER.
MY FATHER THEN SAID NOT TO WORRY BECAUSE IT WAS
REALLY GOD BOWLING AGAINST THE DEVIL AND WHENEVER
GOD ROLLED A STRIKE THERE WAS THUNDER. I ALWAYS
THOUGHT ABOUT THAT AND SLEPT BETTER.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT.
MY PARENTS TOLD ME THIS WHEN I LIVED IN ROSEVILLE.
THEY MADE IT UP IN ROSEVILLE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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MARY COLE'S WORRY

ONCE AN OLD NEGRO WOMAN LIVING NEAR MY GRANDPARENTS'
HOME CAME RUNNING OVER TO THEIR HOUSE DURING A VIOLENT
THUNDERSTORM. SHE WAS AFRAID THAT THE THUNDERSTORM
WOULD KILL EVERYBODY IN THE HOUSE TO GET HER HUSBAND,
A NOTORIOUS LOAFER. MY GRANDMOTHER EXPLAINED TO HER,
"MARY, THE LORD JUST DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. IF HE
WANTS WILL, HE'LL TAKE WILL, BUT HE'LL LEAVE THE
REST OF YOU."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 08-04-1968

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THE HAND OF GOD

ONCE THIS OLD COUPLE WHO LIVED ON A FARM AWOKE ONE MORNING
TO FIND A HORSE MISSING. NOW ON THE FARM THEY HAD A
HIRED MAN NAMED TOMMY LYTLE EDGAR WHITAKER JOHN KNOX
FREEMAN WYNN, AND AS HE SAID "AND COOPER COMES IN THAR
SOMEWHAR." SO THEY SENT THIS MAN OUT TO LOOK FOR THE
HORSE, WITH HIS FATHER. IN A FIELD THEY FOUND THE HORSE
UNDER A DEAD TREE THAT HAD BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND
FALLEN ON THE ANIMAL, KILLING HIM. THE FATHER OF THE
HIRED MAN SUMMED UP THE SITUATION IN THIS WAY, "YOU TAKE
GOD UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN T'OTHER AND HE DOES JUST ABOUT
AS MUCH HARM AS HE DOES GOOD."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD EVALUATED, FOUND EQUALLY HELPFUL AND HARMFUL ; HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Gods
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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SUPERSTITION

A DOG COMING INTO A HOUSE DURING A STORM DRAWS LIGHTNING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

{TO AVOID BEING STRUCK} DURING A THUNDERSTORM, IN
ENGLAND, IN THE EARLY 1900S, EVERYONE COVERED THEIR
SILVERWARE AND MIRRORS FOR FEAR OF BEING STRUCK BY
LIGHNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ENGLAND ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00001900S EARLY ; 03-09-1971

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VALVE USE APPLICATION

IN 1932 THERE WAS A TEERIBLE STORM IN POLAND. ABOUT
30 PEOPLE RAN IN A BARN TO TAKE COVER. AFTER A
COUPLE MINUTES, LIGHTENING STRUCK THE BARN AND TWO
PEOPLE WERE DEAD, AND THE REST WERE UNCONSCIOUS
EXCEPT FOR ONE MAN. THE ONE MAN PROCEEDED TO CARRY
THE PEOPLE OUT, ONE BY ONE, AND PLACE THEM IN A
NARROW DITCH AND COVERED THEM WITH A SHOVEL OF DIRT.
SEVERAL MINUTES LATER, THE PEOPLE WERE REVIVED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS ENTIRE PROCEDURE FROM A
DISTANCE, WHEN HE WAS A BOY (10 OR 12 YEARS OLD). HE WAS
TOO FAR AWAY TO BE OF HELP, ALSO. IT WAS TERRIBLY
MUDDY AND HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REACH THE
PEOPLE IN TIME. INFORMANT NOW THINKS THAT WHENEVER
YOU'RE IN A FIELD AND LIGHTENING STARTS THAT YOU
SHOULD COVER YOURSELF WITH DIRT AS A RESULT FROM
HIS EXPERIENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 11-22-1971 ; 00-00-1932

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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THE STORY OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER

IN THE OLDEN DAYS, THUNDER AND LIGHTNING LIVED ON
EARTH AMONGST MANKIND, BUT THE KING MADE THEM
LIVE AT THE FAR END OF TOWN, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FROM
THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.
THUNDER WAS AN OLD MOTHER SHEEP, AND LIGHTNING WAS HER
SON, A RAM. WHENEVER THE RAM GOT ANGRY, HE USED TO
CHARGE ABOUT BURNING HOUSES AND KNOCKING DOWN TREES;
HE EVEN DID DAMAGE TO THE FARMS, AND SOMETIMES
SOMETHING IS MISSING AT THIS POINT IN STORY
COMES FROM ME, INCLUDING MY EXCREMENTS. AS A
REWARD FOR YOUR RESPECT, I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO
MAKE GOOD USE OF IT." AND BUMBA TAUGHT WATO HOW TO
EXTRACT IRON FROM ROCKS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN

THE ROCKS ON THE UPPER PENINSULA ARE CONSIDERED SACRED AND
HAUNTED. THE INDIANS BELIEVED THIS BECAUSE NOTHING LIVES THERE
AND THE VEGETATION IS SPARSE. THE INDIANS ALSO FEARED THIS PLACE
BECAUSE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE ROCKS SO OFTEN.

Submitter comment: MIKE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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SUPERSTITION

{TO AVOID BEING STRUCK} DURING A THUNDERSTORM, IN
ENGLAND, IN THE EARLY 1900S, EVERYONE COVERED THEIR
SILVERWARE AND MIRRORS FOR FEAR OF BEING STRUCK BY
LIGHNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ENGLAND ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00001900S EARLY ; 03-09-1971

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VALVE USE APPLICATION

IN 1932 THERE WAS A TEERIBLE STORM IN POLAND. ABOUT
30 PEOPLE RAN IN A BARN TO TAKE COVER. AFTER A
COUPLE MINUTES, LIGHTENING STRUCK THE BARN AND TWO
PEOPLE WERE DEAD, AND THE REST WERE UNCONSCIOUS
EXCEPT FOR ONE MAN. THE ONE MAN PROCEEDED TO CARRY
THE PEOPLE OUT, ONE BY ONE, AND PLACE THEM IN A
NARROW DITCH AND COVERED THEM WITH A SHOVEL OF DIRT.
SEVERAL MINUTES LATER, THE PEOPLE WERE REVIVED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS ENTIRE PROCEDURE FROM A
DISTANCE, WHEN HE WAS A BOY (10 OR 12 YEARS OLD). HE WAS
TOO FAR AWAY TO BE OF HELP, ALSO. IT WAS TERRIBLY
MUDDY AND HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REACH THE
PEOPLE IN TIME. INFORMANT NOW THINKS THAT WHENEVER
YOU'RE IN A FIELD AND LIGHTENING STARTS THAT YOU
SHOULD COVER YOURSELF WITH DIRT AS A RESULT FROM
HIS EXPERIENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 11-22-1971 ; 00-00-1932

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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THE STORY OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER

IN THE OLDEN DAYS, THUNDER AND LIGHTNING LIVED ON
EARTH AMONGST MANKIND, BUT THE KING MADE THEM
LIVE AT THE FAR END OF TOWN, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FROM
THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.
THUNDER WAS AN OLD MOTHER SHEEP, AND LIGHTNING WAS HER
SON, A RAM. WHENEVER THE RAM GOT ANGRY, HE USED TO
CHARGE ABOUT BURNING HOUSES AND KNOCKING DOWN TREES;
HE EVEN DID DAMAGE TO THE FARMS, AND SOMETIMES
SOMETHING IS MISSING AT THIS POINT IN STORY
COMES FROM ME, INCLUDING MY EXCREMENTS. AS A
REWARD FOR YOUR RESPECT, I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO
MAKE GOOD USE OF IT." AND BUMBA TAUGHT WATO HOW TO
EXTRACT IRON FROM ROCKS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN

THE ROCKS ON THE UPPER PENINSULA ARE CONSIDERED SACRED AND
HAUNTED. THE INDIANS BELIEVED THIS BECAUSE NOTHING LIVES THERE
AND THE VEGETATION IS SPARSE. THE INDIANS ALSO FEARED THIS PLACE
BECAUSE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE ROCKS SO OFTEN.

Submitter comment: MIKE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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SPOOKY LEGEND

THE STORY CONCERNS A BLIND GIRL AND HER DOG. THE GIRL WAS HOME ALONE
ONE NIGHT WITH HER DOG. IT WAS ABOUT 10 P.M. AND OUTSIDE THE WIND WAS
BLOWING FIERCELY. THUNDER COULD BE HEARD IN THE DISTANCE. THE GIRL
IS LISTENING TO HER RADIO WHEN SUDDENLY A NEWS BULLETIN INTERRUPTS
THE PROGRAM. THE ANNOUNCER TELLS OF A STRANGE MONSTER SIGHTED IN THE
AREA. HE WARNS THE LISTENERS TO BE PARTICULARY CAUTIOUS. SUDDENLY
THE GIRL HEARS HER DOG BARKING FEROCIOUSLY COMING FROM THE DIRECTION
OF THE BATHROOM. HE STOPS BARKING AS INSTANTLY AS HE STARTED. THE
GIRL MAKES HER WAY TO THE BATHROOM, WHERE FOR SOME UNEXPLAINABLE
REASON, SHE STICKS HER HANDS INTO THE BATHROOM SINK. THERE SHE FEELS
THE DOG'S HEAD LAYING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SINK.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON ; 2930 Palmer Court

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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