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IF ALL THE PLATES WERE SCRAPED CLEAN (IF THERE WERE NO LEFT OVERS)
THERE WOULD BE GOOD WEATHER THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 00-00-1973 ; 11-00-1987

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HER FOLKS ALWAYS PLANTED THEIR CROPS BY THE SIGN OF THE MOON.
THE CROPS THAT GREW ABOVE THE GROUND LIKE CORN, BEANS, PEAS,
AND LETTUCE WERE PLANTED IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. POTATOES,
CARROTS, BEETS, RADISHES AND THINGS THAT GREW UNDER THE
GROUND WERE PLANTED IN THE DARK OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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THE SKUNK CABBAGE IS UNUSUALLY TALL THIS YEAR, MEANING IT
WILL BE A LOT OF SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

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

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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FEBRUARY 2nd IS GROUND HOG'S DAY AND THEY SAY IF HE SEES
HIS SHADOW WE'LL HAVE SIX MORE WEEKS OF COLD WEATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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NEVER WALK UNDER A LADDER AS THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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IF YOU DROP SILVERWARE OR A DISH CLOTH ON THE FLOOR IT
MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE COMPANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

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

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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IF THERE ARE A LOT OF ACORNS ON THE OAK TREE, HEAVY HUSKS
ON THE CORN, THICK SHUCKS ON THE HICKORY NUTS, AND THE
CATERPILLARS HAVE DARK COATS IT WILL BE A HARD WINTER. IF
THE CATERPILLARS ARE LIGHT COLOR IT WILL BE A LIGHT WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR THAT MEANS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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IF YOU FIND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES THAT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO MEET
SOMEONE NEW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLIO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 09-22-1977

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