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SHOOTING A HAT

I WAS HUNTING IN THE LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN WITH A GROUP OF
FOUR OTHER MEN. WE LINED UP FIFTY YARDS FROM EACH OTHER AND
WALKED DUE NORTH. WE SAW A RUSTLING IN THE LEAVES. I WENT UP
TO THE SPOT AND SHOT, AND THEN A HAT CAME FLYING OUT OF THE
LEAVES. I'D HIT ONE OF MY COMPANIONS WHO HAD STRAYED OFF. SO
NOW I REFUSE TO HUNT IN THE LOWER PENINSULA, BECAUSE THERE ARE
TOO MANY HUNTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY CLASS

Keyword(s): CROWDED CONDITIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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IF YOU HEAR A HEN CROW LIKE A ROOSTER, BE SURE TO KILL HER THE
SAME DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): HEN ROOSTER CROWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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WHEN A PERSON DIED ON A FEATHER MATTRESS, THERE WOULD BE A CROWN
OF FEATHERS INSIDE THE MATTRESS IF THAT PERSON WENT TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL CROWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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SHOOTING A HAT

I WAS HUNTING IN THE LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN WITH A GROUP OF
FOUR OTHER MEN. WE LINED UP FIFTY YARDS FROM EACH OTHER AND
WALKED DUE NORTH. WE SAW A RUSTLING IN THE LEAVES. I WENT UP
TO THE SPOT AND SHOT, AND THEN A HAT CAME FLYING OUT OF THE
LEAVES. I'D HIT ONE OF MY COMPANIONS WHO HAD STRAYED OFF. SO
NOW I REFUSE TO HUNT IN THE LOWER PENINSULA, BECAUSE THERE ARE
TOO MANY HUNTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY

Keyword(s): CROWDED CONDITIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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SHOOTING A HAT

I WAS HUNTING IN THE LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN WITH A GROUP OF
FOUR OTHER MEN. WE LINED UP FIFTY YARDS FROM EACH OTHER AND
WALKED DUE NORTH. WE SAW A RUSTLING IN THE LEAVES. I WENT UP
TO THE SPOT AND SHOT, AND THEN A HAT CAME FLYING OUT OF THE
LEAVES. I'D HIT ONE OF MY COMPANIONS WHO HAD STRAYED OFF. SO
NOW I REFUSE TO HUNT IN THE LOWER PENINSULA, BECAUSE THERE ARE
TOO MANY HUNTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY

Keyword(s): CROWDED CONDITIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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Superstition

Always cross your fingers when passing a black crow.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

The question For Good Luck? is written underneath the submission.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BIRD ; COLOR ; Crow ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

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Superstition: Animals

There is a legendary snake with a crown on its head and the crown had bells on it. The snake has a beard like a nanny goat. It is a huge and fearsome snake. It is said to come out once a year on a holy day and few have seen it.

Submitter comment:

My father's dad claims to have seen it. He saw the ground shaking all around a house and he saw the head of this snake come out of the ground. He claims that 10 to 15 feet of ground was shaking.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Crown ; Fearful ; Holy ; Legend ; MYTH ; Serpent ; Snake ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

A whistling wife and a crowing hen never come to a good end.

Submitter comment:

Learned from youth.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crowing ; FATE ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Whistle ; Wife

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Proverb

Whistling women and crowing hens are bound to come to some bad end.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; FATE ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle ; WOMEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

A whistling girl and a crowing hen, both come to a bad end.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300, C880.300] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; FATE ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Whistling girls and cackling hens always come to a bad end.

Submitter comment:

I heard this as a child in Ferndale, MI

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [C880.400] crossed out. Replacedw tih current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cackle ; Crow ; FATE ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Whistling girls and crowing hens are sure to come to some bad end.

Submitter comment:

She heard this from her mother.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

A whistling girl and a crowing hen, will always come to some bad end.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [C760, C700] crossed out. Repalced with current classification.

In autograph book?

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad end.

Submitter comment:

Told to me when I was a small child.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; FATE ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Whistling girl and a crowing hen are sure to come to some bad end.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] has been crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Crow ; FATE ; Girl ; Hen ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Whistle

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Environmental Factor

Product of Environmental Factor:

Making a scarecrow for vegetable garden.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; ENVIRONMENT ; Farm ; Scarecrow ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Weaving material For costuming in dance or drama, see C484. Flax Hemp Jute

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