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OWL MYTH

THE OWLS OF CANADA LAY UP A STORE OF LIVE MICE FOR THE WINTER,
THE LEGS OF WHICH THEY FIRST BREAK, TO PREVENT THEM FROM RUNNING
AWAY, AND THEN FEED THEM CAREFULLY, AND FATTEN THEM, TILL WANTED
FOR USE.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY FRENCH TRAVELLER, PIERRE CHARLEVOIX.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

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WHEN YOU MILK A COW, ALWAYS APPROACH HER FROM HER RIGHT SIDE.
SHES USED TO THAT AND WONT BREAK YOUR FOOL SKULL FOR SCARING HER.
GIVE HER PLENTY TO EAT WHILE YOU MILK HER OR SHELL GET MAD.
SQUEEZE FROM THE TOP OF THE TEAT DOWN OR YOULL HURT HER.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: CA00001967

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IF YOU HEAR A HEN CROW LIKE A ROOSTER, BE SURE TO KILL HER THE
SAME DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): HEN ROOSTER CROWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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BLACK-AMERICAN BELIEF

PLACE CORNBREAD CRUMBS ABOUT YOUR CUCUMBER
PLANTS. THEY WILL ATTRACT ANTS, WHICH WILL
DESTROY THE CUCUMBER INSECTS.

Submitter comment: HEARD AS A CHILD ON GRANDMOTHER'S FARM

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Keyword(s): CROPS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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ALWAYS PLANT PEAS, POTATOES, AND ONIONS ON GOOD FRIDAY AND YOU WILL
HAVE A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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USE OF ZODIAC CALENDAR FOR CASTRATION

WHEN WE WOULD BUTCHER THE HOGS IN FALL, WE WOULD USE THE
ZODIAC CALENDAR. WE DIDN'T LIKE TO CASTRATE ANIMALS
UNLESS THE ZODIAC SIGN WAS IN THE FEET ON THE CHART.
IF THE SIGN WAS IN THE PROPER PLACE, THE ANIMAL WOULDN'T
BLEED AS MUCH IF CASTRATED AT THE WRONG TIME IN THE
ZODIAC CALENDAR.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY NEIGHBOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 00001940-1950

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BELIEF

GET SOMEONE WHO IS PREGNANT TO PLANT YOUR CUCUMBERS
AND YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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BELIEF

GROW MINT OR TOMATOES BY CABBAGE TO KEEP WORMS AWAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

GROW ONIONS BY POTATOES TO KEEP BUGS AWAY.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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BELIEF

SET GARLIC AROUND PEACH TREES TO STOP BUGS AND WORMS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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PLANT UNDERGROUND CROPS ON THE DAYS WHEN THE SIGN IS IN THE
FEET; PLANT TOP CROPS WHEN THE SIGNS ARE IN THE UPPER BODY.

Submitter comment: ALMANAC REFERENCES

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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CASTRATE (MARK) THE PIGS WHEN THE SIGNS ARE IN THE FEET.
THEY WOULDN'T BLEED AS BAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BRANDING?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IN THE INCREASE OF THE MOON, CRACKLING(S) WILL NOT COOK OUT
GOOD, BUT IN THE DECREASE THEY WILL COOK OUT GOOD. IF YOU
DON'T KILL HOGS AT THE RIGHT TIME, THE CRACKLING(S) WILL BE
PUFFY AND YOU CAN'T COOK THE GREASE OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Keyword(s): HOG FAT PIG FAT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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HOW TO MAKE A HEN LAY BETTER: IF YOU PUT A PORCELAIN
DOORKNOB IN A HEN'S NEST, IT'LL MAKE HER LAY BETTER.
REALLY I THINK IT'LL JUST ENCOURAGE HER TO NEST THERE
INSTEAD OF GOING OUT INTO THE WOODS OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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DON'T KILL HOGS IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOON OR THE MEAT WILL
ALL GO TO GREASE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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WHEN YOU BREED A MALE AND FEMALE HOG, PUT A NOTCH ON YOUR
THUMBNAIL NEXT TO HE SKIN. BY HE TIME IT GROWS OUT TO
THE END, THE PIGS WILL BE HERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 06-28-1970

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IF YOUR FIRST GUEST IS MALE, YOUR
CHICKENS WILL BE MOSTLY ROOSTERS. IF IT IS A WOMAN, THEY
WILL BE MOSTLY HENS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 06-28-1970

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IF YOU KILL A HOG ON THE DECREASE OF THE MOON, IT'LL GO TO LARD.
IF YOU KILL A HOG ON THE INCREASE OF THE MOON, IT'LL SWELL
UP AND NOT MAKE MUCH GREASE.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED AND PRACTICED IN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI.

Where learned: SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN THE OWL HOOTS IN THE DAY AND THE DOG BARKS AT NIGHT,
AND THE COW DOESN'T GIVE ANY MILK FOR TWO DAYS, THAT IS
A SIGN OF SNOW.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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ALWAYS BUTCHER HOGS ON THE INCREASE OF THE MOON. IF YOU
BUTCHER THEM ON THE DECREASE OF THE MOON, THE MEAT WILL SHRINK
WHEN IT IS COOKED.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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