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WHEN COWS LAY, ITS SUPPOSED TO RAIN. JEFF'S INFORMANTS WERE
CHRISTIAN REFORM HOLLANDERS FROM GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-07-1972

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WARTS

TO GET RID OF WARTS, TIE A HORSE HAIR AROUND IT. THEN THE WARTS
WILL FALL OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGIC CIRCLE? TRANSFER?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS DAY ALL UNMARRIED PEOPLE SHOULD WATCH IN WHICH DIRECTION
THE DOG BARKS BECAUSE THAT IS THE DIRECTION WHERE THE PERSON THEY
ARE TO MARRY LIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Marriage

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COMPARISON

AS BLIND AS A BAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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COMPARISON

AS GENTLE AS A LAMB.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COMPARISON

AS GRACEFUL AS A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY CLUMSINESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS NERVOUS AS A CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HUMAN CREATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CRAZY LIKE A FOX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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POLISH PROVERB

CROCODILE'S TEARS.
LZY KROKODYLA. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THIS EXPRESSION IS USED IN REFERENCE TO INSINCERITY. MY FATHER
KNOWS THIS FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES? AMPHIBIAN?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CROOKED AS A DOG'S HIND LEG.

Submitter comment: SAID OF A LINE OR A PICTURE OR WHATEVER IS HANGING CROOKED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): BALANCE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEBANESE PROVERB

A CROOKED ROW COMES FROM THE BULL.

Submitter comment: THIS PROVERB IS ASSOCIATED WITH PLOWING. IT SEEMS TO MEAN THAT THE
OLDER AND MORE EXPERIENCED SET THE EXAMPLE, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD.

Data entry tech comment: LEBANESE TEXT GIVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

A DOG IS A MAN'S BEST FRIEND.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PROVERB

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A DOG NEVER BARKS WHEN IT SHITS.

Submitter comment:

IN OUR FAMILY WHICH WAS UNUSUALLY LARGE IT WAS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT
TO MAINTAIN SILENCE AT THE DINNER TABLE. MY POLISH GRANDMOTHER WAS
SUCCESSFUL WITH A PHRASE I DID NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND. YEARS LATER MY
MOTHER TRANSLATED FOR ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; FUNCTION ; SCATALOGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DEFECATION ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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PROVERB

THE DOG'S TAIL STAYS CROOKED NO MATTER WHAT

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PROVERB FROM PALESTINE WHERE THE INFORMANT WAS RAISED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

A DOG WITH A WET NOSE, IS A HEALTHY DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHREWD CHARACTER

DUMB LIKE A FOX

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

THE CAMEL NEVER SEES HIS OWN HUMP. (TRANSLATION)
EL JAMEL MA SHOOFS HURR DUPTOO. (LEBANESE)

Where learned: PHONE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FAULTS CRITICISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

(TRANSLATION)
THE CAMEL NEVER SEES HIS OWN HUMP, BUT HE SEES THE DUST IN
SOMEONE ELSE'S EYE.
(TRANSLATION)
IL JAMMED MU SHOOS HEL DUBTA, BUS BE SHOOF IL USHE BE
AYND GUYROO. (LEBANESE ASSUMED)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FAULTS CRITICISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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THE CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

THE CAT WHO CAN'T REACH THE FISH, SAYS THEY SMELL.
GREEK?

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM GREEK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; FISH

James Callow Keyword(s): JEALOUSY ; OBSERVATION ; SOUR GRAPES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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