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By Kenneth W. Davis, Everett A. Gillis, Teel Sale

Everyone worthy his salt is aware snappin’ turtle won’t enable cross until eventually it thunders, yet do you know that greater than 13 blackbirds on a fence with their tails to the north is a convinced signal of a coming blue norther? Or so that you can consume each grain of rice on your bowl otherwise you can have a wife who has fowl pox marks? ponder the useless human affliction the area has persevered just because nobody troubled to assemble the mixed knowledge of the people and to make it on hand for speedy reference!

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Diana Stafford, Lubbock Moss coming to the top of the water is a sign of rain. Mrs. A. Vick, Caddo If it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time, the devil is beating his wife and it will rain at the same time tomorrow. David Hurt, Lubbock Thunder means that God has turned over his apple barrel. Deane Smith, Bryan When the mesquite blooms in the spring, there will be no more killing frosts. Bertha Shauver, Lubbock A red sunset signifies the coming of hail. Tulisha Shahan, Bracketville For every foggy day in February, it will rain on the same day in June.

Anne Jenkins, Deer Park A man whose mother died without ever having seen him can cure a baby's colic or thrush by breathing on the baby. ) Judith Adams, Lubbock To get rid of a sty, repeat the rhyme: Go to the crossroads, leave my eye, Catch the first fool that passes by. Loretta Spinner, Lubbock Drinking milk with fish is poisonous as is drinking milk with chili. William Lucero, Belton If a child drinks coffee, he will grow a long nose. Irene McCrystal, San Antonio Page 62 To get rid of warts, rub a piece of binder twine on the warts, bury the twine in a damp place, and don't tell anyone where you buried it.

Perkins, Bartlett Page 24 Page 25 Planting and Growing Crops, Flowers, and a Goat or Two The best day to plant the spring garden is always Good Friday. Kay Graham, Lubbock Some curious names for plants and the like: Fireweed for willow herb. Cow-lily for jimson weed. Calico bush for mountain laurel. Mexican moss for portulaca. Thimblehead (a plant whose flower resembles a thimble with a fringe around the bottom). Fire Wheel, or Indian Pink (a plant whose flower resembles a small, flaming wheel).

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