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RISE WITH THE LARK,
STAY UP WITH THE OWL
AND YOUR TEMPER AND OUTLOOK
BOTH WILL BE FOWL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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NOT GIVEN

ON HALLOWE'EN NIGHT BETWEEN ELEVEN AND MIDNIGHT IF A GIRL SITS
BEFORE A MIRROR WITH A CANDLE, EATING AN APPLE AND COMBING HER
HAIR, SHE WILL SEE THE MAN SHE WILL MARRY IN THE MIRROR. BUT
IF SHE TURNS AROUND TO LOOK, HE WILL DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: OHIO ; COLUMBUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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WHEN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS THIS FAR SOUTH, IT MEANS
THERE IS GOING TO BE A WAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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BELIEFS

A GREEN DECEMBER MAKES A FULL CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: (IF THE COLD ISN'T THERE TO KILL THE GERMS THEN MANY PEOPLE
WILL DIE OF VARIOUS DISEASES.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WEATHER PROVERB

AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY THE SHIRT WILL DRY ON THE FENCE.
PO SWIETEJ DOROCIE, WYSECHNIE KOSZULA NA PLOCIE. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT WARMER WEATHER AND SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE. THE
FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY IS FEBRUARY FOURTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 4
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW YOU NEED AN OVERCOAT FOR A FRIEND.
NA SWIENTEGO MACIEJA TRZEBA KORZUCZKA DOBRODRZIEJA. (POLISH)

Data entry tech comment: FOR A FRIEND EQUALS AS A FRIEND.
TRANSLATION BY MRS. K.J. UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLD WEATHER ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 21
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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WEATHER PROVERB

ALL SIGNS FAIL IN DRY WEATHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGERS ASS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS STORY: BEFORE THE AGE OF MACHINERY WHEN PEOPLE
DUG THEIR OWN WELLS THEIR BACKSIDES WERE CLOSE TO THE SIDE OF THE
WELL WALL BECAUSE THE HOLE WAS SO NARROW. BECAUSE OF THE DAMP GROUND
THE WELL-DIGGER'S BACKSIDE OFTEN GOT VERY COLD.

Data entry tech comment: GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: BACKSIDES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGER'S CROTCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-19-1970

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COLD

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGERS REAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER COLDNESS

COLDER THAN A WHORE'S HEART.

Submitter comment: REFERRING TO THE WEATHER. USED BY MAUREEN'S FATHER EDWARD. HE IS 53
YEARS OLD AND OF FRENCH AND IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSTITUTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

COLDER THAN A WITCH'S TIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL

James Callow Keyword(s): MAMMARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-19-1970

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SPIRITUAL BELIEF

THE PRESENCE OF A GHOST IN A ROOM IS INDICATED BY A CHANGE IN
ROOM TEMPERATURE, USUALLY COLDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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ROOSTER BELIEF

EARLY IN THE MORNING, BEFORE TWILIGHT, YOU MAY SMELL SOMETHING
PECULIAR IN THE AIR-THIS IS THE SMELL OF JUDAS WHEN HE DIED.
HE BETRAYED CHRIST WITH THE KISS IN EARLY MORNING.

Where learned: KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU ARE WALKING ON A ROAD AT NIGHT AND STEP INTO A CURRENT
OF HOT AIR YOU HAVE JUST WALKED INTO A GHOST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; Portent ; SIGN ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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WEATHER BELIEFS

WHEN RAINDROPS CREATE BUBBLES ON THE SURFACE OF THE PUDDLES
THIS IS A SIGNAL OF RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P460
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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BELIEFS

TALKING TO A PERSON ON THE TELEPHONE DURING A STORM WILL CAUSE
AN ELECTRIC SHOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: CA00001935

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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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THE WEATHER REFLECTS THE ENVIRONMENT. IN THE OLD DAYS
THE WEATHER WAS BETTER BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE NOT SO
EVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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IT WAS TRADITION AT MY HOUSE THAT WHEN THE SKY WAS
PINK IN THE MORNING OR EVENING THAT MRS. SANTA CLAUS
WAS BAKING COOKIES. I THOUGHT SO BECAUSE HER OVEN
WOULD LIGHT UP THE SKY.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT GOT VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING
HOLIDAY SEASON WHEN THIS SUBJECT CAME OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 00001940S

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