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THE KANSAS TORNADOES

KANSAS IS NOTED AS BEING THE HOME OF TORNADOES. THEY SAY THAT
THESE TORNADOES WILL PICK UP TELEPHONE POLES AND SET THEM DOWN
IN THE SAME PLACE TWO STATES AWAY. AND THE TELEPHONE OPERATORS
WITH THEM. ONE TIME, IT WAS IN THE MORNING AT MILKING TIME,
A KANSAS TORNADO CAME ALONG AND PICKED UP A WHOLE TOWN AND
DROPPED IT IN NEBRASKA--INCLUDING THE WHEEL TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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ROAD THAT SHAKES

THERE IS A ROAD IN DETROIT THAT SHAKES WHEN IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: I ASKED THE INFORMANT WHERE THIS ROAD WAS AND HE SAID THAT HE
COULD NOT REMEMBER, BUT HE HAD BEEN THERE ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO.
HE EXPLAINED THAT HE DIDN'T THINK THAT THE ROAD SHOOK BECAUSE
IT WAS GOING TO RAIN, BUT BECAUSE CARS CAUSED IT TO VIBRATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN

THE ROCKS ON THE UPPER PENINSULA ARE CONSIDERED SACRED AND
HAUNTED. THE INDIANS BELIEVED THIS BECAUSE NOTHING LIVES THERE
AND THE VEGETATION IS SPARSE. THE INDIANS ALSO FEARED THIS PLACE
BECAUSE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE ROCKS SO OFTEN.

Submitter comment: MIKE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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HEARTBREAK HILL

THE NAME OF HEARTBREAK HILL PERTAINS TO AN EMINENCE IN THE MIDDLE
OF A TOWN IN WHICH THERE WAS A LARGE INDIAN SETTLEMENT, BEFORE THE
WHITE MEN SETTLED THERE AND DROVE THE INHABITANTS OUT. BEFORE THE
ENGLISH COLONY HAD BEEN FIRMLY PLANTED, A SAILOR STRAYING ASHORE
CAME UPON THE SIMPLE NATIVES AND FINDING THEIR WAYS FULL OF NOVEL-
TY, HE LIVED WITH THEM FOR A TIME. WHEN HE FOUND A WAY TO RETURN
TO ENGLAND, HE TOOK WITH HIM THE LOVE OF A MAIDEN OF THE TRIBE,
BUT THE GIRL HERSELF HE LEFT BEHIND, COMFORTING HER ON HIS DEPART-
URE WITH AN ASSURANCE THAT BEFORE MANY MOONS HE WOULD RETURN.
MONTHS WENT BY AND EXTENDED INTO YEARS, AND EVERY DAY THE GIRL
CLIMBED HEARTBREAK HILL AND LOOK(ED) SEAWARD TO LOOK FOR SOME
TOKEN OF HER LOVER. AT LAST A SHIP WAS SEEN TRYING TO COME INTO
THE HARBOR, WITH A FURIOUS GALE RUNNING HER CLOSE TO SHORE, WHERE
BREAKERS WERE LASHING THE ROCKS AND SAND. THE GIRL STAYED WHERE
SHE WAS UNTIL THE VESSEL WAS HURLED AGAINST THE SHORE AND SMASHED
INTO A THOUSAND PIECES. AS ITS TIMBERS WENT TOSSING AWAY, A
WHITE, DESPAIRING FACE WAS LIFTED TO HERS FOR AN INSTANT, THEN IT
SANK AND WAS SEEN NEVERMORE--HER LOVER'S FACE. IT IS SAID THAT
SHE LIES BURIED INSIDE THE LEDGE THAT WAS HER WATCH-TOWER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE HEARD THIS STORY FROM HER HUSBAND MANY YEARS AGO.
SHE CLAIMED THAT AT THE TIME HE TOLD IT TO HER, THERE WERE TWO
VERSIONS INVOLVED, BUT THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT SHE COULD
REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- M545
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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BIG SNOW

THERE'S A STORY MY DAD USED TO TELL (VALIDITY QUESTIONABLE) ABOUT
THE SNOW IN HIS HOME TOWN, MANISTEE, MICHIGAN, WHEN HE WAS A BOY.
HE TELLS OF THE SNOW BEING SO HIGH SOME WINTERS THAT THE MOTORISTS
HAD TO TIE RED RAGS AT THE ENDS OF THEIR RADIO ANTENNAS SO THAT
THEY COULD SEE EACH OTHER ABOVE THE SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GERMAN TALE

FOR MANY YEARS, THE DEVIL HAD HIS OWN WAY IN THE LOVELY VALLEY
OF VAUDAI. ONE YEAR, HOWEVER, SOME OF THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE
BUILT A CHUCH. THE DEVIL WAS VERY ANGRY AND TRIED TO DESTROY
THE CHURCH BUT MORE AND MORE CHURCHES WERE BUILT AND THE DEVIL
WAS FORCED TO LEAVE THE VALLEY AND LIVE UP IN THE ROCKY HEIGHTS
OF THE ALPS WHERE IT WAS TOO COLD TO BUILD A CHURCH. THOUGH HE
TRIED MANY MEANS OF WIPING OUT THE CHURCHES, THEY STILL REMAINED
AND REALIZING HIS DEFEAT, THE DEVIL WENT BACK IN MISERY TO THE
ROCKY CRAGS WHICH WERE HIS NEW HOME. AND WHEN THE DEVIL THINKS
BACK ON HIS HAPPY DAYS IN THE VALLEY, A TERRIBLE FREEZING WIND
BLOWS THROUGHOUT VAUDAI AND MAKES ALL THE CHURCH DOORS RATTLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM GERMANY.
HER FATHER LEARNED IT AS A YOUNG BOY IN GERMANY AND TOLD IT TO
HER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-06-1963

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A RING AROUND THE MOON MEANS BAD WEATHER IS COMING. ALSO, IF
CIRCLES ARE SEEN AROUND THE SUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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A RAINBOW IN THE MORNING MEANS RAIN TO FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN THE HOT WINDS BLOW OUT OF THE DESERTS INTO CALIFORNIA,
THE CRIME RATE WILL RISE IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA.

Submitter comment: COULDN'T REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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RAIN FALLING IN AN OPEN GRAVE IS A SURE SIGN OF
IMPENDING DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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BAD OMEN

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT.
RED SKY AT MORN, SAILORS TAKE WARN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.460
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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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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IF IT THUNDERS IN FEBRUARY, THEN THERE WILL BE FROST IN MAY.

Submitter comment: THIS FORCAST WAS TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON WHO SAYS THAT THIS IS VERY
TRUE. HER MOTHER ORIGINALLY TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P0200
BELIEF -- P0500
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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IF THE SUN RISES RED, THIS MEANS RAIN.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON'S MOTHER WHO BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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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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WHEN YOU CAN HANG A POWDER HORN ON THE HOOK OF THE MOON YOU'LL HAVE
FROST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS AS A CHILD

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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"THEY ALWAYS USED TO SAY THAT IF THERE WAS ENOUGH BLUE IN THE SKY TO
MAKE YOUR MOTHER A PETTICOAT OUT OF, THE STORM WOULD END SOON."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Matter

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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(WHEN I WAS SMALL) "WE USED TO ALSO BE TOLD THAT IF YOU KEPT A
BOTTLE OF MILK OUT IN A STORM, IT WOULD GO SOUR."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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"MY MOTHER USED TO SAY, THAT IF YOUR RHEUMATISM ACHED, A STORM WAS
COMING."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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