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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A CRESCENT MOON'S HORNS ARE TURNED UP TO HOLD WATER,
THERE WILL BE RAIN SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PALM SUNDAY BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS

WHATEVER WEATHER YOU HAVE ON PALM SUNDAY, YOU WILL HAVE ON THE
SUCCESSIVE SIX SUNDAYS. IF IT RAINS ON PALM SUNDAY, THEN YOU WILL
HAVE RAIN THE NEXT SIX SUNDAYS, ETC.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
686 Sixths / Six
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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THUNDER AFTER MIDNIGHT; MEANS THAT THE NEXT DAY WILL BE LOWERY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT, BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A SMALL BOY

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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OMENS OF SPRING

IF YOU SEE A RED CARDINAL BUILDING A NEST IN A TREE, THAT MEANS THAT
SPRING IS ONLY A MONTH AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

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

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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BELIEF IN AN OBJECT

AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ONE CONCEIVES BY THE ACT
OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, BUT RATHER BY THE LAST THING THEY SEE
PRIOR TO INTERCOURSE.

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

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NA SW GRZEGORZA POJDZIE ZIMI DO MORZA (POLISH)
ON THE FEAST OF ST. GREGORY THE WINTER GOES TO THE SEA.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT
TRANSLATED BY MRS K J UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 25
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB IN VERSE

PALE MOON DOTH RAIN
RED MOON DOTH BLOW
WHITE MOON DOTH NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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WEATHER FORECAST

PINK IN THE MORNING SAILORS' WARNING.
PINK AT NIGHT, THAT'S SAILORS' DELIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME AT A BOY SCOUT TRAINING SESSION
AT HOWELL SCOUT CAMP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Howell

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

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

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IRISH BELIEF ABOUT THE MOON

WHENEVER THE MOON IS RED IT MEANS THERE WILL BE BLOODSHED.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS GIVEN TO MRS. CHESNEY BY MATILDA MELLON, HER MOTHER,
WHO WAS AN IRISH IMMIGRANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; SYMBOL ; SYMPATHETIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-16-1975

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WHEN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND ITCHES IT MEANS ONE OF TWO THINGS.YOU
WILL EITHER GIVE OR RECEIVE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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WHEN THE FLYING ANTS COME OUT OR FROGS CROAK REALLY LOUD IT IS
GOING TO RAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A FILIPINO BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-21-1977

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THE MORNING DOVE CAN BE HEARD AT DAWN,
IT WILL BE A SUNNY DAY. IF NOT, RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

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

Date learned: CA07151970

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THE STARS CAN BE SEEN AT NIGHT, IT WILL BE A CLEAR AND SUNNY DAY
TOMMOROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

Date learned: CA0001974

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF YOUR BONES ACHE, IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

Date learned: CA00001971

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WEATHER BELIEF

RAIN BEFORE SEVEN.
SHINE BEFIRE ELEVEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; FEMININE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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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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SUPERSTITOON

ROOSTER CROWING BEFORE MIDNIGHT MEANS RAIN.

Submitter comment: IN POLAND, WHERE MY GRANDMOTHER GREW UP, LOCAL TTADITIONS WERE
ACCEPTED AS FACT, AND WERE NOT QUESTIONED.

Where learned: POLAND ; WARSAW ; MIELIEC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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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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IF YOU CAN SEE THE UNDERSIDE OF THE LEAVES ON A TREE- IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WEATHER BELIEF IS PROBABLY QUITE ACCURATE, WINDY WEATHER IS A
SIGN THAT RAIN IS COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

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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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