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Some of the adages that our ancestors applied to their daily lives have been handed down through the generations. Here are just a few of them.


Tickling a baby will cause it to stutter.

If a rooster crows before dawn, he will wake up with a wet head.

If your nose itches, someone's coming.

If you drop the dishrag, you'll have company for supper.

If it rains while the sun shines, it will rain again at the same time the next day.

If you cut tobacco when an east wind is blowing, it will cure out green.

If walnuts have a thick hull, it will be a hard winter.

If you pick apples during the old moon, the bruised spots will dry; if picked in the new moon, the bruises will rot.

Harvest all crops when the moon is old and they will keep better and longer.

Snow that lays on the ground for several days is waiting for another snowfall.

Rain before seven, dry before eleven.

A whistling woman and a crowing hen always come to some bad end.

When the leaves on trees are turned upside-down, it is a sign of rain.

If sparks shoot from a log in the fireplace or stove, it will snow within three days.