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APRIL 1ST.

IF IT RAINS ON THE FIRST DAY OF APRIL, THE COMING
SUMMER WILL BE VERY WARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- P040
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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FOLK BELIEFS

A SORE WILL NOT HEAL DURING DOG DAYS. DOG DAYS ARE FORTY
DAYS DURING LATE SUMMER. IT USUALLY STARTS THE LAST OF
JULY TO LATE AUGUST.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT ALWAYS SAID THIS DURING DOG DAYS. TO A CERTAIN EXTENT IT
WAS TRUE. SORES TOOK A LONG TIME TO HEAL.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOOD BELIEFS

IF YOU BOIL ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOGDAYS IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT DOES NOT COOK ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOG DAYS. THIS
INCLUDES COLLARDS, TURNIPS, BEANS, AND PEAS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SUPERSTITION

THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY WOULD PUT A CRADLE, FULL OF STRAW, IN A TREE,
HOPEFULLY, A STORK WOULD MAKE ITS NEST THERE. WHEN THE STORK
THROWS ONE OF HER BABIES OUT OF THE NEST, THIS MEANS THAT THERE
WILL BE A BAD SUMMER.

Submitter comment: THIS WEATHER PREDICTOR WAS FIRST HEARD BY THE INFORMANT AROUND 1910
IN POLAND. A STORK, CRADLE AND GOOD SUMMER ALL SYMBOLIZE LIFE.
THIS IS HINDERED BY A BIRD FALLING FROM THE CRADLE (DEATH) CAUSING
A BREAK IN THE LINK (A BAD SUMMER).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; CA00001910

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WEATHER PREDICTION

A LONG, HOT SUMMER WARNS OF A LONG, HARSH WINTER.

Submitter comment: REPETITION OF THE PHRASE, A LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND LEDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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When you find a wooly caterpillar in the
summer you should always pick it up and look
at it because it will foretell the weather
that coming winter. There is a black band
around its middle. If the band is pretty
small there will be a mild winter. But the
larger the band the more harsh and the longer
the winter will be.

Submitter comment: Marty swears that this always works. He didn't
know if there was any biological truth to this.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Allegan

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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YOU SHOULDN'T EAT OYSTERS IN THE SUMMER

Submitter comment: DUE TO LACK OF ICE IN EARLIER DAYS

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

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INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER USED TO GO (TO) THE BARN IN THE
SPRING, GET THREE HORSESHOES, AND NAME ONE THE HAWK, ONE
THE CROW, AND ONE OF THE OWL. UPON RETURNING TO THE HOUSE,
SHE WOULD PITCH THEM INTO THE FIREPLACE, TO KEEP HAWKS,
CROWS, AND OWLS FROM CATCHING THE CHICKENS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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HEAVY CORN SHUCKS AT THE END OF THE SUMMER MEAN THAT IT'S
GOING TO BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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WHEN YOU SEE TWO WHITE BUTTERFLYS, THEN YOU CAN GO BAREFOOT
IN THE SUMMER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WITHOUT SHOES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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ON MAY THE 1ST CHANGE TO SUMMER UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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BELIEF

AFTER A SUMMER RAINSTORM, OR DURING IT, WHEN YOU SEE A PATCH OF
BLUE SKY "AS BIG AS A DUTCHMAN'S BRITCHES," YOU CAN BE SURE THE
STORM IS OVER.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 05-07-1969

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