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FORECAST

IF RED THE SUN BEGINS HIS RACE,
BE SURE THAT RAIN WILL FALL APACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MORNING ; RHYME. ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

IF YOU CAN SEE THE STARS AT NIGHT, IT WILL BE A SUNNY DAY TOMORROW.
BUT, IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE STARS, IT WILL RAIN THE FOLLOWING DAY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD THIS WEATHER PREDICTOR IN POLAND AROUND
1910. TO THE COLLECTOR, IT SEEMS COMMON SENSE, SINCE IF YOU CAN
SEE THE STARS, THEN THERE ARE NO CLOUDS. IF THERE ARE NO CLOUDS
NO RAIN CAN BE PRODUCED. HOWEVER, THE INFORMANT HAD A VERY
STRONG CONVICTION THAT THIS THEORY WAS INFALLIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; CA00001910

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FLORIDA WEATHER BELIEF

"DADDY USED TO TELL US THAT THE SUNSHINE IN FLORIDA WAS SO HEALTHY,
NO ONE EVER DIED, AND THAT'S WHY THE POOREST MEN
IN FLORIDA WERE THOSE WHO SELL CEMETERY PLOTS".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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A RED SUN AT NIGHT MEANS THE NEXT DAY WILL BE VERY HOT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A WEATHER BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1950 ; 00-00-1980

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BAD LUCK BIRTH

CHILDREN BORN DURING AN ECLIPSE WILL BE DEFORMED

Submitter comment: A BELIEF OF SABINAS, HIDALGO MEXICO; BUT THE INFORMANT, WHO WAS RAI
SED THERE, EXPRESSED LITTLE FAITH IN IT.
RAISED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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BADLUCK SLEEP OMEN

DONT SLEEP IN THE SUN OR YOU WILL GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, BORN AND RAISED IN SABINAS MEXICO, WHERE THE BELIEF IS
HELD, HAD LITTLE FAITH IN ITS MERIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS FRIGHTENED AND SHE TOUCHES A PART OF HER
BODY SHE WOULD GIVE THE CHILD A BIRTHMARK IN THAT SPOT. THE SHAPE
OF THE MARK WOULD RELATE TO WHATEVER CAUSED THE FEAR. MY
MOTHER-IN-LAW BELIEVED THAT THAT WAS WHY MY OLDEST DAUGHTER HAS A
WHEEL SHAPED BIRTHMARK ON THE BACK OF HER LEG. A WHEEL FELL OFF
OF OUR CAR WHEN I WAS PREGNANT AND SHE THINKS I MUST HAVE GRABED
MY LEG AND GIVEN CATHY THE BIRTHMARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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BLACK-AMERICAN BELIEF

IF IT RAINS WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING,
STICK A NEEDLE IN THE GROUND AND YOU
YOU CAN HEAR THE DEVIL BEATING HIS
WIFE.

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD, I TRIED THIS NUMEROUS
TIMES TO NO EFFECT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IF THE SUN SHINES ON A WEDDING IT WILL BE A HAPPY ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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WILL THE SUN EVER GET COLD? YES, IN THE YEAR 2050 EVERYTHING
WILL REVERSE. SUMMER WILL BRING SNOW AND WINTER WILL BRING
WARMT H.

Submitter comment: VERY RELIGIOUS, THIS IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Season

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On Easter Sunday morning, the old folks would say the sun would
shout.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Sun

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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When it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time,
it's only the devil beating his wife.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1951

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WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING WHILE IT RAINS, IT MEANS IT WILL
RAIN AGAIN TOMORROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WHITMORE LAKE

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

Date learned: 10-20-1988

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IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS YOU WILL DEVELOP A DARK
COMPLEXION. IF YOU DON'T EVER EAT CARROTS YOU WILL BURN
WHEN YOU GO OUT IN THE SUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Plant

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Good Luck

Standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean just before
sunrise can put you in a great state of mind and can bring
you a world of good luck. If you then take a quarter out
of your pocket
and throw it out into the ocean as far as you can it will
bring you 25 days of good luck. This all must be done before
the sun rises.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; FORT LAUDERDALE

Keyword(s): Buying luck

James Callow Keyword(s): East ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.25
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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Spinning a yoyo on a cloudy day is supposed to help make the
sun come out.

Submitter comment: I did this once before under cloudy conditions and the sun
actually did come through the clouds.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Up, Down.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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If a child is born when the sun is out and it is raining at
the same time then that child is considered a witch.

Submitter comment: This tale was told to me when we were in Yugoslavia and the
informant's aunt had a baby. I don't know if it is of
Yugoslavian origin.

Where learned: YUGOSLAVIA ; Zagreb

Keyword(s): SIMULTANEITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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IF YOU ARE ABLE TO WATCH A COMPLETE SUNRISE ON A CLEAR MORNING
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE ONE WISH. THIS WISH SHOULD BE FULFILLED
BY SUNSET.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Prayer

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When the sun is out and it's thundering, raining, and it is
said that the Devil is beating his wife.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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If you kill a snake, it must be hung on a fence until sundown.
If you do not, the snake will come back to life.

Submitter comment: When I was young, I remember seeing a snake hanging on the
fence all day that my father had killed.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 30842-30846: snakes, when killed,
won't die or even stop wriggling until sundown.

"A snake won't die until the sun goes down unless you hang him
on a barbed-wire fence." Puckett, Ohio, no. 30847.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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