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WEATHER

IF A RED SKY AT NIGHT,
A SAILOR'S DELIGHT. (GOOD WEATHER THE NEXT DAY).
IF A RED SKY IN THE MORNING,
A SAILOR'S WARNING. (BAD WEATHER IS COMING).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A RAINBOW APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF A STORM, THE RAINBOW
SIGNIFIES THAT AN IMPORTANT PERSON OR LARGE ANIMAL IS BEING BORN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEATHER BELIEF

RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment: THE MORNING RED SKY SIGNALS A BAD STORM, WHILE THE NIGHT SIGNALS A
A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE LONG LACY FINGERS OF THE SEAS WHITECAPS TOUCH EACH OTHER,
THE WIND IS BLOWING IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEATHER BELIEF

A BLACK BELIEF IS THAT BLACKS HAVE A GREATER SUSCEPTIBILITY TO
PNEUMONIA WHEN IT RAINS AND ARE BEST PROTECTED FROM THIS BY
WEARING A HAT.

Submitter comment: BLACK CUSTOM

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AFRO-AMERICAN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001940S

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WEATHER BELIEFS

WHEN THE SILVER UNDERSIDE OF A SILVER MAPLE LEAF SHOWS,
IT MEANS IT IS GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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WEATHER BELIEFS

IF YOU KILL A DADDY LONG LEGS (SPIDER), IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A CAT SNEEZES, IT MEANS IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT WILL RAIN WITHIN THE
SAME NUMBER OF DAYS AS THERE ARE STARS WITHIN THE RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A FLY LANDS ON YOUR NOSE
SWAT IT TIL IT GOES.
IF IT THEN LANDS AGAIN
IT WILL BRING BACK HEAVY RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN IT IS GOING TO RAIN ASK A PERSON
WITH ARTHRITIS. THEY GET PAIN IN THE PLACES OF
THEIR BODY AFFLICTED BY THE DISEASE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; HAYNESVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 01-00-0198

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WHEN THE SUN IS OUT AND IT'S RAINING AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S SAID
THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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NEVER KILL A DADDY LONG LEG SPIDER OR IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965 ; 10-00-1987

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IF IT'S RAINING AND THE SUN IS SHINING THE DEVIL IS ABUSING HIS
WIFE AND IF YOU WANT TO HEAR IT PUT A HAIRPEN AND STICK IT
IN THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HAIRPIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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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 leave food uneaten at a big family gathering
you will have bad weather the next day. Conversely,
if you make sure that all the food has been consumed,
you will be sure to have good weather on the morrow.

Submitter comment: Elinor heard this saying while a young girl. She has
been told that it is a German belief. To this day in her
family, the phrase "Finish it so it'll be a good day
tomorrow" is used to encourage everyone to eat.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): function, prediction, celebrations, meals

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001950S

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If the squirrels are nesting high in the trees
it will be a mild winter. If the squirrels are
nesting low in the trees it will be a bad winter.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LENNON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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Fireworks were invented and used in Thailand to
bring rain. The louder and bigger the fireworks
were, the more rain the gods were supposed to
send them.

Submitter comment: This is still very much believed by the people
and still practiced.

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001960S

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When all the cows lie down in their
pasture, it will rain soon. My neighbors told
me this on my first trip to the country. We
had a long ride to reach our destination so I
think they might have just told us this so
we would look out the windows and keep ourselves
occupied.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

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

Date learned: 00001980S

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