Tag Archive for Old Wive’s Tales

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Thunder In January

East Texas Weather-Lore

East Texas- Thunder in January means more than rumbling in the sky to many East Texans. For many, many years East Texans have been predicting the weather by trying to make heads or tails of signs from Mother Nature. The state of the weather is often the first subject people discuss when they meet. If you are living in East Texas it is highly likely you have been hearing thunder that began yesterday evening on January 8. What does thunder in January mean?

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How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

Horse apple trees, also known as Osage orange trees or Bois D’Arc trees, produce neither apples or oranges but rather a green brain-looking fruit. Horse apples are in the eye of the beholder according to who you are talking to. East Texans and their neighbors in Arkansas refer to the fruit as horse apples, while most people refer to horse apples when mentioning the remains after a parade in East Texas.

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Chicken Pox Cure- Some East Texans believe they know the cure for chicken pox.

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Snake Myths, Superstitions, & Old Wives Tales- Superstition has always regarded snakes with fear and respect and some cultures have even credited the serpent with various supernatural powers. There are more myths, old wives tales and superstitions about snakes than any other animal. Superstition has produced a number of popular misconceptions regarding snakes over the past few centuries, which have given way to numerous myths and old wives tales that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Attention Skywatchers- Tonight’s full moon will appear more colorful than usual as it creeps over the east-southeast horizon of East Texas. Tonight’s moon is actually a waning gibbous moon, as July’s full moon occurred last night, and will rise shortly after sunset. The July full moon is also known as the Buck Moon, because bucks begin to re-grow the antlers they shed this month. Other names for the full moon in July are the Thunder Moon and the Hay Moon.

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Moonshinin’ In the Pines

By Dana Goolsby

ETX- Moonshine is an unmistakable spirit known by names such as white lightning, hooch, and mountain dew. Moonshining is the unlicensed distillation of whiskey and has deep roots in the Deep South, dating back to long before the Nineteenth Century. The corn whiskey takes its romanticized name from the days when moonshine moved through the Pineywoods by the light of the moon.

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Mighty Fine Right Off The Vine- The Lone Star State ranks third in watermelon production in the United States. Watermelons can be purchased in almost every town in East Texas, either from a roadside fruit and vegetable stand or from the back of a peddler’s pick up. The fruit of the Pineywoods is a summer obsession East Texans can’t go without.