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A TALL TALE

THEN THERE WAS THE TIME THAT PAUL BUNYAN WENT HUNTING. HE WAS
THE SUREST SHOT AND THE FASTEST RUNNER THAT EVER WADED ACROSS
THE MISSISSIPPI. THEY STILL TALK OF IT OUT IN THE NORTHWEST.
WELL, PAUL SIGHTED A BIG BUCK A MILE AWAY; IT WAS STANDING ON
THE EDGE OF A CLIFF. PAUL KNEW THAT IF HE SHOT HIM HE WOULD FALL
OFF THE CLIFF. SO PAUL PULLED THE TRIGGER--AND AS SOON AS THE
BULLET LEFT THE GUN HE RAN TO WHERE THE BUCK WAS STANDING. HE
RAN SO FAST THAT HE GOT THERE AHEAD OF THE SHOT AND HAD TO DUCK
HIS HEAD TO LET THE BULLET GO BY. WELL SIR, THAT BUCK WAS KILLED
ALL RIGHT. BUT NOT BY THE BULLET. WHEN HE SAW PAUL STANDING
THERE, HE WAS JUST SCARED TO DEATH. IT DIED WITHOUT THE SHOT
EVER REACHING IT.
YOU KNOW THAT'S HOW THINGS HAPPEN IN THE PAUL BUNYAN COUNTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Angel

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WRONG SIDE OF BED

IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR BED. YOUR GUARDIAN
ANGEL SLEEPS ON THE RIGHT AND THE DEVIL ON THE LEFT. IF YOU GET OUT
THE LEFT SIDE, YOU AWAKEN THE DEVIL AND HE LEADS YOU INTO
TROUBLE.THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR THE RIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE MORE COMMON SAYING THAT "YOU GOT OUT ON THE
WRONG SIDE OF THE BED" WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN A BAD MOOD IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S

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CROOKED ANGEL

IF YOU ARE ACTING LIKE AN IDIOT, MAKING CROOKED FACES, WALKING
CRIPPLED, THE CROOKED ANGEL MIGHT PASS AND YOU WILL REMAIN THAT WAY
FOREVER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THIS EXACTLY AS IT IS DOWN HERE. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER MOTHER AS A CHILD.

James Callow comment: PARALLEL BELIEF: IF THE WIND CHANGES WHILE YOU'RE FROWNING,
YOUR FACE WILL STAY THAT WAY
LIKE THE GAME STATUES--PATRICIA A. CALLOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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BELIEF

IF YOU SIT ON THE TABLE, THE ANGELS WILL CRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS WERE
CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD, BY HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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GUARDIAN ANGELS

THE BELIEF THAT EVERYONE HAS A GUARDIAN ANGEL IS NOT NECESSARILY
CONFINED TO CATHOLICS. MANY RELIGIONS IN THE EAST BELIEVE ALSO
THAT THERE IS SOME KIND OF SUPERNATURAL BEING ASSIGNED TO EACH
PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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ANGELS

RAIN MEANS THE ANGELS ARE TAKING A SHOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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ANGELS

SNOW MEANS THE ANGELS ARE HAVING A PILLOW FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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ANGELS

THUNDER MEANS THE ANGELS ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS IT MEANS THE ANGELS ARE HOUSECLEANING. IT MAY
ALSO MEAN THAT THEY ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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THUNDER EXPLANATION

THUNDER IS THE ANGELS BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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THUNDER EXPLANATION BELIEF

THUNDER IS ONLY THE ANGELS BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

WHEN IT THUNDERS, THE ANGELS ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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THUNDER
WHEN IT IS RAINING, THE ANGELS LEFT THE SHOWER ON, OR THE
ANGELS ARE BOWLING, OR MOVING FURNITURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS
WERE CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS TEN YEARS OLD BY
HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN I SAW CLOUDS ROLLING IN THE SKY, I USED TO BELIEVE THAT
THE ANGELS WERE ROLLING OUT THEIR CARPET FOR THE SUN, SO IT
WOULD SHINE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

WHEN IT SNOWS, THE ANGELS ARE SHAKING OUT THEIR FEATHER PILLOWS.

Where learned: OHIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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ANGEL

WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD, MY MOTHER USED TO
TELL ME THAT AN ANGEL KEPT A LITTLE CHILD'S
ARM UP IF HE SLAPPED HIS MOTHER OR FATHER.
THE ANGEL HELD THE ARM UP UNTIL DEATH FOR PUNISHMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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BELIEF

THE KITCHEN TABLE HAS ANGELS ON IT.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS TO KEEP MY FEET OFF THE TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001968

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