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IF A HEN CROWS THERE WILL BE BAD LUCK IN A HOUSEHOLD,
AND THE MEMBERS OF THAT HOUSEHOLD MAY EXPECT EITHER
DEAD LIVESTOCK OR A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL
IN WARSAW IN THE EARLY 1900S.

Data entry tech comment: I BELIEVE SHE MEANS IF A HEN CROWS BEFORE DAWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND ; WARSAW

James Callow Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 00001900s ; 10-05-1967

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IF CHICKENS COME OFF THE ROOST AND CACKLE BEFORE
DAWN, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS BEFORE DAY, IT IS A SIGN SOMEONE
IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU HEAR A ROOSTER CROWING AT THE DOOR, IT BRINGS
SICKNESS TO THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 09-28-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HEAR A CAT CRYING IN THE NIGHT IT SIGNIFIES THAT A PERSON
CLOSE TO YOU IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SIMILAR TO DOG HOWLING

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-11-1971

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YELLOW MIKE

BACK IN 1940 THERE WAS A TRAIN WHICH WAS PASSING THROUGH HASTINGS,
MICHIGAN DURING THE NIGHT. A LARGE CRATE WHICH WAS ON THIS TRAIN
FELL OUT OF THE DOOR OF ONE OF THE BOX CARS. A MAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS
MIKE WENT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. AS HE LIT A MATCH AND LOOKED
INSIDE THE BOX, HE SAW A CREATURE WHICH LOOKED LIKE A MAN BUT IT WAS
TOTALLY COVERED WITH LONG YELLOW HAIR. BECAUSE OF THIS IT WAS NAMED
YELLOW MIKE. THE NEXT DAY YELLOW MIKE WAS PUT IN THE HASTINGS'
INSANE ASYLUM. TWO DAYS LATER THE ASYLUM CAUGHT FIRE. SOME OF THE
PATIENTS WERE SAVED AND MANY WERE BURNED TO DEATH. NOBODY SAW
YELLOW MIKE COME OUT, SO THEY FIGURED THAT HE HAD BEEN BURNED TO
DEATH. THE NEXT MORNING FARMERS IN THE AREA REPORTED FINDING
THEIR CATTLE AND OTHER LIVESTOCK LITERALLY TORN APART AND THAT
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND. ALSO A LADY SAID THAT HER SON
AND HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD NOT YET RETURNED FROM THEIR DATE. THE TWO
WERE LATER FOUND IN AN AREA BY GUN LAKE WHICH IS CALLED DEVILS' SOUP
BOWL.(IT IS A WELL VISITED SPOT BY PARKERS). THEIR BODIES WERE
TORN APART AS IF SOME ANIMAL HAS GOTTEN AHOLD OF THEM. THERE WAS
ONLY YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND AND UNDER THE BOY'S FINGERNAILS
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR. IMMEDIATELY TWENTY MEN WERE STATIONED AT
DEVILS' SOUP BOWL. EIGHTEEN MEN WERE STATIONED AT THE LOW GRADED
SIDE AND THE OTHER TWO AT THE STEEP GRADED SIDE BECAUSE THEY
FIGURED IF YELLOW MIKE WAS IN THERE HE WOULD COME OUT ON THE LOW
GRADED SIDE. THEIR ORDERS WERE TO SHOOT TO KILL AND NOT WOUND
HIM. IF HE WERE TO BE WOUNDED HE WOULD BECOME WORSE THAN HE ALREADY
WAS. ONE OF THE EIGHTEEN SAW YELLOW MIKE AND FIRED BUT HE ONLY
WOUNDED HIM. ONE OF THE TWO FROM THE OTHER SIDE RAN OVER TO SEE
WHAT WAS HAPPENING. WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN THE OTHER GUY WENT OVER
TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHEN HE GOT THERE HE FOUND NINETEEN
MUTILATED BODIES. HIS FRIEND WAS JUST BARELY ALIVE AND THE LAST
THING HE SAID WAS THAT IT WAS YELLOW MIKE AND HE'S WOUNDED. ALL
NINETEEN WERE BURIED ON A HILL NEAR BY NOW CALLED GRAVES' HILL
AND THERE IS A BOULDER OVER EACH GRAVE. WELL THEY FIGURED YELLOW
MIKE WOULD DIE AS A WOUNDED SO THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO TRACK HIM
DOWN. HASTING LATER ON STARTED GETTING REPORTS FROM JACKSON,
MICHIGAN AND EVEN FARTHER SOUTH OF ANIMALS BEING KILLED AND
FINDING YELLOW HAIR BY THEM. IT SEEMS EVEN UP TO THIS DAY THAT
YELLOW MIKE COMES NORTH FOR THE SUMMER AND GOES SOUTH DURING
MICHIGAN'S COLD SEASON. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE YOU
CAN GO TO HASTING'S CITY LIBRARY AND UNDER THE HISTORY OF THE
CITY OF HASTING YOU WILL FIND THIS TALE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLACE NAMES, MURDER ; VIOLENT DEATHS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL'S SOUP BOWL, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

IF YOU PUT THREE DUCKS INTO A BOX, WHAT WILL YOU HAVE?
A BOX OF QUACKERS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; FOWL: DUCKS ; NUMBERS: THREE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON CRACKERS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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RIDDLE

WHY IS BOWLING A QUIET GAME?
YOU CAN HEAR A PIN DROP.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): GAMES: BOWLING ; RIDDLING QUESTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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FLY RIDDLE

THERE ARE THREE FLIES IN THE KITCHEN. WHICH ONE IS THE FOOTBALL
PLAYER? THE ONE IN THE SUGAR BOWL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): FLIES ; PUN ON SUGAR BOWL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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Superstition: Animals

Eating the chicken gizzard will make you beautiful.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Beautiful ; BIRD ; Chicken ; Eat ; FOOD ; FOWL ; Gizzard ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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WHEN YOU PULL THE WISHBONE, THE PERSON WHO GETS THE SHORT PIECE
GETS MARRIED FIRST AND THE ONE WHO GETS THE LONG PIECE GETS
THE MOST DINNER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): CHICKEN FOWL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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IF A GIRL WILL PUT A WISHBONE OVER THE FRONT DOOR, THE FIRST
MAN TO WALK IN WILL BE THE MAN SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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EATING BLACK-EYED PEAS AND HOGS JAWL ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): JOWL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Superstition

Superstition: Bad Luck:

A howling dog means someone will die shortly.

Submitter comment:

[Informant] learned from her grandmother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P870

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BELIEF ; DOG ; Howling ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation

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Belief: Luck

Bowling: never change your line-up unless you have a losing streak.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

The word Luck is written across the top of the card.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Bowling ; CUSTOM ; Entertainment ; LUCK ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Proverb

Small Verse:

Look before you leap

Submitter comment:

Heard this long ago

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Knowledge ; Leap ; Look ; Sight ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Familiarity:

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in High School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Contempt ; Familiar ; Knowledge ; Relationship ; Stranger ; Unknown

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Still waters run deep

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Deep ; Depth ; Insight ; Intelligence ; Knowledge ; METAPHOR ; Quiet ; Run ; SILENCE ; Still ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Wisdom:

Wise as an Owl.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Owl ; SIMILE ; WISDOM ; Wise

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

What you don't know won't hurt you

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): IGNORANCE ; Insight ; Intelligence ; Knowledge ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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