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RAIN BEFORE 7, STOP BEFORE 11

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED BY MY AUNT FROM HER FATHER WHO USED TO SAY IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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IT IS EXACTLY SIX MONTHS FROM THE FIRST THUNDERSTORM TO THE FIRST
FROST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00001930S CA

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RAIN WHEN THE SUN SHINES MEANS IT WILL RAIN TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER
SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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IF THE GRASS IS WET AT NIGHT IT MEANS IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): SIGN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF THE SMOKE FROM A FIRE STAYS NEAR THE GROUND IT WILL RAIN. IF IT
GOES UP IT WILL BE FAIR WEATHER.

Submitter comment: SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF IT RAINS IN AN OPEN GRAVE, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DEATH SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF BIRDS STAY OUT IN A RAINSTORM, IT WILL RAIN FOR SOME TIME; BUT IF
THEY GO TO THEIR NESTS, IT IS ONLY A SHOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF IT RAINS ON EASTER SUNDAY, IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT SIX SUNDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF CROPS PRODUCE AN UNUSUALLY HIGH YIELD, THEN IT IS A SIGN OF A
LONG HARD WINTER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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ENTERING THE FRONT DOOR AND LEAVING BY THE BACK DOOR BRINGS COMPANY.

Submitter comment: COMPENSATION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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DROPPING A FORK MEANS THAT A LADY WILL COME VISITING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation

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DROPPING A SPOON MEANS THAT A CHILD WILL COME VISITING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S CA.

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DROPPING A KNIFE MEANS THAT A MAN WILL COME CALLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11001987 CA. ; 00001930S CA.

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A CHILD BORN WITH A VEIL OVER HIS FACE WILL HAVE SPIRITUAL POWERS.

Submitter comment: HER BROTHER WITH A VEIL OVER HIS FACE AND HE IS CONSIDERED TO BE
A VERY SPIRITUAL MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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DO NOT SCARE OR STARTLE A PREGNANT WOMAN WITH A SNAKE OR ANYTHING
ELSE OR THE CHILD WILL HAVE A BIRTHMARK RESEMBLING SAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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ROCKING AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR MEANS A DEATH WILL FOLLOW.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHO INSISTED THAT THE PRACTICE
BE REFRAINED FROM.
UNNATURAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11-00-1987

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IF A BIRD TRIES TO COME IN THROUGH A CLOSED WINDOW, IT MEANS THAT
THERE WILL BE A DEATH SOON.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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SNEEZING FOUR TIMES BEFORE BREAKFAST MEANS THAT COMPANY IS COMING.

Submitter comment: MAGIC NUMBER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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ALWAYS PLANT PEAS, POTATOES, AND ONIONS ON GOOD FRIDAY AND YOU WILL
HAVE A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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A THUNDERSTORM WILL TURN MILK SOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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