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THE KANSAS TORNADOES

KANSAS IS NOTED AS BEING THE HOME OF TORNADOES. THEY SAY THAT
THESE TORNADOES WILL PICK UP TELEPHONE POLES AND SET THEM DOWN
IN THE SAME PLACE TWO STATES AWAY. AND THE TELEPHONE OPERATORS
WITH THEM. ONE TIME, IT WAS IN THE MORNING AT MILKING TIME,
A KANSAS TORNADO CAME ALONG AND PICKED UP A WHOLE TOWN AND
DROPPED IT IN NEBRASKA--INCLUDING THE WHEEL TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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MALIGNANT WIND

IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, IN MY PARENTS HOME VILLAGE, THERE WAS A CROSS-
ROADS WITH A SIGNPOST THAT GAVE DIRECTIONS TO LARGE NEIGHBORING
TOWNS. PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GO THERE AROUND SUNSET OR DURING THE
NIGHT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DESCRIBED AS A TERRIFIC WIND THAT WOULD
BUFFET YOU, TEAR YOUR CLOTHES, KNOCK YOU DOWN, GIVE YOU BRUISES,
ETC. ONE EVENING THE VILLAGE PRIEST WAS RETURNING FROM VISITING
A SICK PERSON OUT IN THE FOREST AND APPROACHED THE CROSSROADS JUST
AFTER SUNSET. WHEN HE REACHED THEM, A HUGE WIND THREW HIM DOWN,
AND PHYSICALLY INJURED HIM. THE PRIEST ONLY SURVIVED BY CRAWLING
TO THE SIGNPOST AND HANGING ON. THE PEOPLE FOUND HIM BADLY INJURED
THE NEXT MORNING, STILL CLINGING TO THE POST. AFTER HE RECOVERED
HE WENT TO THE CROSSROADS NEAR SUNSET WITH SOME OF THE VILLAGERS.
THEY HAD A LARGE WOODEN CRUCIFIX THAT THEY SET UP NEXT TO THE SIGN-
POST. THE PRIEST WAS BLESSING THE CRUCIFIX AND THE ROADWAYS WHEN
THE STRONG WIND CAME UP AND TRIED TO TEAR THE CRUCIFIX DOWN AND
HURT THE PEOPLE. BUT AS IT STARTED SHAKING THE CRUCIFIX IT SUDDENLY
DIED OUT. NO ONE WAS EVER BOTHERED AGAIN.

Where learned: OHIO ; HUNGARY ; AUSTRIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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TALE: THE OLD WOMAN IN OUR PARISH

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO USED TO LIVE IN OUR PARISH WHO WOULD
NEVER MISS SUNDAY VESPERS. SHE NEVER WENT TO MASS YET EVERY SUNDAY
AFTERNOON THERE SHE WAS AT VESPERS. THIS WENT ON FOR YEARS AND IT
TOOK TO BE HABIT SEEING HER THERE, RAIN OR SHINE.
WELL ONE PARTICULARILY BAD WINTER WE HAD A BLIZZARD THAT STARTED
RIGHT AFTER THE LAST MASS WAS LETTING OUT. BOY, WHAT A BLIZZARD.
IT KEPT ON SNOWING AND BLOWING ALL AFTERNOON AND AS THE TIME FOR
VESPERS APPROACHED WE BEGAN TO WONDER IF SHE'D SHOW UP. THEY
DIDN'T HAVE CARS IN THOSE DAYS AND THE PEOPLE USED TO WALK IF THEY
WANTED TO GO ANYWHERE. WELL, SINCE IT WAS MY TURN, I WENT TO THE
CHURCH AND SURE ENOUGH, THERE SHE WAS. I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS QUITE
SURPRISED TO SEE HER AS SHE HAD QUITE A WALK.
ANYHOW, AS THE WOMAN LATER TOLD ME, WHILE SHE WAS AT VESPERS, SHE
PRAYED AND PRAYED THAT THE WIND WOULD CHANGE AND SHE'D HAVE IT AT HE
BACK ON HER WAY HOME. KNOW WHAT, SHE DID. THE WIND CHANGED
COURSE DURING VESPERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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PINE TAR WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST NEEDED THINGS FOR A LUM-
BERJACK. THEY USED IT TO KEEP BUGS AND MOSQUITOES AWAY.
THAT REMINDS ME OF A FUNNY STORY. ONE TIME THE MATTER BOY AND
BILL CRAIG WERE IN A TAR PAPER SHANTY WHEN A CYCLONE HIT.
WELL THAT CYCLONE HIT THAT TAR PAPER SHANTY AND PICKED IT UP
AND TURNED IT AROUND. FINALLY, IT BROUGHT IT BACK DOWN TO
EARTH AND SET THE FRONT WHERE THE BACK WAS BEFORE. WELL, THE
MATTER BOY CAME OUT AND HE WAS O-K. WHEN HE ASKED BILL IF HE
WAS HURT, BILL TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS CUT UP PRETTY BAD AND WAS
BLEEDIN SOMETHIN AWFUL. WELL, WHEN THE MATTER BOY WENT IN TO
SEE WHAT WAS WRONG WITH BILL, HE SAW THAT BILL WAS NOT HURT
BUT WAS ONLY COVERED WITH PINE TAR THAT HAD SPILLED FROM A
SHELF ABOVE HIS HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): LUMBERJACK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00001930S

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The Sun and the Wind

The Wind decided one day that he was the strongest creature
in the sky. As soon as the Sun came out that day, he said, "My
friend the Sun, let's have a contest to see who is stronger?"
This idea did not seem very good to the kindly Sun, who had only
just come out, "If you please, Wind, I would just as soon not do
that. I have a long day ahead of me to spread my sunshine." I
believe you know I am stronger than you. I will find someone
else to play this game with me." At this the Sun became a bit
annoyed with the Wind and decided after all that he would be
willing to try his strength. "How shall we play our game?" said
the Sun. "I know," said the Wind. "There's a traveler down
below who is wearing a heavy coat. Let's see who can get that
coat off the traveler's back. I'll go first." The Wind blew as
hard as he could. But whenever the Wind blew, the traveler
wrapped his coat tighter and tighter about him. Finally the Wind
could blow no more. Then the Sun turned on his kindly rays and
warmed the traveler up until the man had no need for his coat.
Soon enough, the man took off his coat and carried it on his arm.
"You win," said the Wind, who had learned a Lesson. KINDLY
ACTIONS CAN DO MORE THAN FORCE.

Submitter comment: My informant remembers reading this fable in Aesop.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 11-00-1991

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FIREY SUNSETS MAKE STRONG WINDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IN THE STORM OF NOVEMBER 9, 1913, 26 BOATS WERE SUNK
IN THE GREAT LAKES. 13 WERE SUNK IN LAKE HURON. OF THESE
13, TWO BOATS, THE REGINA AND THE H. C. PRICE SANK IN
DIFFERENT PLACES, YET WHEN THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF
SOME OF THE REGINA'S CREWMEN, THEY FOUND THAT THE CREWMEN
HAD ON H. C. PRICE'S LIFE JACKETS. NO ONE KNOWS HOW
THAT HAPPENED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 11-12-1968 ; 00-00-1913

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WATERSPOUT

ONCE IN LAKE ERIE, ON THE WAY TO BUFFALO, A WATERSPOUT
HIT A LAKE FREIGHTER AND TURNED IT AROUND SO THAT IT
WAS HEADED IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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HURRICANE

IN 1930 THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAD A HURRICANE IN WHICH
THE WIND BLEW SO STRONG, THAT IT BLEW A BEAM OF WOOD
THROUGH A PALM TREE IN THE FORM OF A CROSS.
WHEN THAT HAPPENED, THE HURRICANE STOPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 10-24-1968 ; 00-00-1930

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LOST IN A STORM

DURING WORLD WAR I, THREE FRENCH CAPTAINS WERE TAKING
THREE BOATS OUT OF PORT WILLIAM, CANADA, A PORT ALONG
LAKE SUPERIOR, TO FIGHT IN THE WAR. AT THE TIME, THERE
WAS A BAD STORM ON LAKE SUPERIOR AND THE FRENCHMEN
WERE WARNED NOT TO CROSS THE LAKE. THEY LAUGHED
AND SAID THAT THEY WERE NOT AFRAID TO CROSS THAT
LITTLE PUDDLE. THEY WERE NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; PORT WILLIAMS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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THE KANSAS TORNADOES

KANSAS IS NOTED AS BEING THE HOME OF TORNADOES. THEY SAY THAT
THESE TORNADOES WILL PICK UP TELEPHONE POLES AND SET THEM DOWN
IN THE SAME PLACE TWO STATES AWAY. AND THE TELEPHONE OPERATORS
WITH THEM. ONE TIME, IT WAS IN THE MORNING AT MILKING TIME,
A KANSAS TORNADO CAME ALONG AND PICKED UP A WHOLE TOWN AND
DROPPED IT IN NEBRASKA--INCLUDING THE WHEEL TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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IN THE STORM OF NOVEMBER 9, 1913, 26 BOATS WERE SUNK
IN THE GREAT LAKES. 13 WERE SUNK IN LAKE HURON. OF THESE
13, TWO BOATS, THE REGINA AND THE H. C. PRICE SANK IN
DIFFERENT PLACES, YET WHEN THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF
SOME OF THE REGINA'S CREWMEN, THEY FOUND THAT THE CREWMEN
HAD ON H. C. PRICE'S LIFE JACKETS. NO ONE KNOWS HOW
THAT HAPPENED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 11-12-1968 ; 00-00-1913

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WATERSPOUT

ONCE IN LAKE ERIE, ON THE WAY TO BUFFALO, A WATERSPOUT
HIT A LAKE FREIGHTER AND TURNED IT AROUND SO THAT IT
WAS HEADED IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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HURRICANE

IN 1930 THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAD A HURRICANE IN WHICH
THE WIND BLEW SO STRONG, THAT IT BLEW A BEAM OF WOOD
THROUGH A PALM TREE IN THE FORM OF A CROSS.
WHEN THAT HAPPENED, THE HURRICANE STOPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 10-24-1968 ; 00-00-1930

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LOST IN A STORM

DURING WORLD WAR I, THREE FRENCH CAPTAINS WERE TAKING
THREE BOATS OUT OF PORT WILLIAM, CANADA, A PORT ALONG
LAKE SUPERIOR, TO FIGHT IN THE WAR. AT THE TIME, THERE
WAS A BAD STORM ON LAKE SUPERIOR AND THE FRENCHMEN
WERE WARNED NOT TO CROSS THE LAKE. THEY LAUGHED
AND SAID THAT THEY WERE NOT AFRAID TO CROSS THAT
LITTLE PUDDLE. THEY WERE NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; PORT WILLIAMS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-12-1968 ; WORLD WAR 1

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THE KANSAS TORNADOES

KANSAS IS NOTED AS BEING THE HOME OF TORNADOES. THEY SAY THAT
THESE TORNADOES WILL PICK UP TELEPHONE POLES AND SET THEM DOWN
IN THE SAME PLACE TWO STATES AWAY. AND THE TELEPHONE OPERATORS
WITH THEM. ONE TIME, IT WAS IN THE MORNING AT MILKING TIME,
A KANSAS TORNADO CAME ALONG AND PICKED UP A WHOLE TOWN AND
DROPPED IT IN NEBRASKA--INCLUDING THE WHEEL TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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