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ROCKING CHAIRS AND SHIPS

WHEN THE INFORMANT LIVED IN GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, A VERY
IMPORTANT FISHING TOWN, HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM NEVER TO ROCK
AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR. WHEN HE DID OR WHEN IT ROCKED BY ITSELF
OR IN THE WIND, THEN THEY BELIEVED THAT THE SHIPS IN THE SEA WERE
ALSO BEING ROCKED BY THE WAVES, ESPECIALLY THOSE SHIPS ON WHICH
MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY WERE SAILING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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PREVENTION OF LIGHTENING

IN RABKA, A POPULAR RESORT IN THE TATRA MOUNTAINS OF POLAND, MY
GRANDMOTHER RECALLS THAT IT WAS THE PRACTICE OF THE PEOPLE TO
RING THE BELLS IN THE CHURCH TOWER WHENEVER A THUNDER STORM
CAME. THE BELLS WOULD BE RUNG ALL THROUGH THE STORM SO THAT
LIGHTENING WOULD NOT STRIKE IN THE AREA, AND LIGHTENING HAS NEVER
BEEN KNOWN TO STRIKE WHEN THIS PRACTICE WAS DONE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS THIS FROM THE TIMES SHE VACATIONED IN
RABKA, POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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SUPERSTITION--WEATHER SIGNS

THE FIRST TWELVE DAYS OF JANUARY WILL INDICATE WHAT THE WEATHER
WILL BE LIKE DURING EACH OF THE TWELVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM MY SISTER, ANNE, WHO DOES NOT RECALL WHERE
SHE HEARD IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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BELIEF--DAILY LIFE

A CURDLED SKY NEVER LEAVES THE GROUND DRY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; LA PORTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.890
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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FROGS

THE FIRST TIME YOU HEAR A FROG AT THE END OF WINTER, IT WILL GET
COLD AGAIN. THIS HAPPENS THREE TIMES BEFORE SPRING COMES.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT A GROUNDHOG MUST SEE HIS
SHADOW BEFORE SPRING COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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RAIN AND SNOW

IF A BUBBLE FORMS IN A PUDDLE OF RAIN, IT WILL RAIN ALL DAY. WHEN
YOU CAN HEAR YOURSELF WALKING IN THE SNOW, IT WILL GET COLDER.
AND IF IT RAINS ON A BRIDE'S WEDDING DAY, HER LIFE WILL BE FULL
OF TEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Marriage Morning before wedding

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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GROUNDHOG

IF THE GROUNDHOG COMES OUT ON FEBRUARY 2ND AND SEES A
SHADOW, THEN THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SIX WEEKS LEFT OF WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THERE IS A WHIRLWIND OF DUST THERE WON'T BE RAIN FOR SEVERAL
DAYS. WHEN SEVERAL WHIRLWINDS OF DUST OCCUR, THE WEATHER IS GOING
TO CHANGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.1

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN AN ARAB ENCOUNTERS A SANDSTORM , HE FANCIES THAT HE
HAS MET WITH A JINN OR DEMON & AT ONCE CRIES OUT "IRON! IRON!"

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN
AND IS STILL DONE TODAY AT TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Word Letter
X570

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME OLDER PEOPLE THAT WHEN THEIR ARTHRITIS ACTS
UP, IT IS A FORESHADOWING OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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"I ALWAYS USED TO HEAR THAT IF YOU BURNED A CANDLE DURING A STORM,
LIGHTNING WON'T STRIKE."

Submitter comment: THE CANDLE COULD BE ALONE, OR A VOTIVE TYPE CANDLE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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LIGHT A CANDLE DURING A STORM TO KEEP THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME
SAFE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: 00001950S

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BURN PALMS DURING A STORM TO BRING ABOUT BETTER WEATHER

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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RAIN

IF YOU STEP ON A WORM IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

YOU CAN TELL IF IT'S GOING TO BE A HARSH WINTER BY THE THICKNESS OF
THE COLORED BANDS ON THE WOOLY BEAR CATERPILLAR. IF THE BANDS ARE
THICK IT WILL BE A WINTER WITH A LOT OF SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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SALT

DURING A BAD STORM, THROWING A HANDFUL OF SALT OUTSIDE BREAKS THE
STORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; GEORGIAN EAST ; NURSING HOME

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

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BELIEF

IF THE CRICKETS COME INDOORS, IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

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

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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PRAY FOR RAIN

EVERYBODY IN THE VILLAGE GATHERS UNDER A BIG TREE. EVERYBODY
PUTS THEIR HAND ON A PIECE OF BREAD AND PRAYS. THEN WE BREAK
UP THE BREAD AND GIVE A PIECE TO EVERYONE. GOD WILL GRANT
YOU RAIN BECAUSE OF THE INNOCENT ONES WHO HAVE EATEN THE BREAD.
IN THE CROWD.

Submitter comment: (WHEN THERE IS A NEED FOR RAIN, THE ABOVE PROCEDURE IS
PERFORMED. THE INNOCENT ONES ARE THE GOOD PURE ONES.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

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

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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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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