Happy Thanksgiving. Here is a new one about the wishbone from the turkey...predicts the winter weather.
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Day before Thanksgiving. I am cooking, baking, cleaning to get ready for a small dinner for Larry and I. Can I cook for just 2 probably not, but will have leftovers and I will freeze what I can? What are you doing for Thanksgiving? It will be a different one for us. Looks like the adult children we will FACETIME with and the cousins have a game planned to do. We will still be together. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Have a blessed one. Stay safe and well.
Now this is something I have never heard about before that the wishbone from a foul can predict the weather. Interesting and I will try it and see if it is right. How about you? Have you heard this before?
PREDICTING WEATHER WITH A WISHBONE
FORETELLING WEATHER: THE OL' GOOSE BONE METHOD
By Warren Evans
Can you really predict weather with a wishbone? Back around the turn of the last century, in the days before the National Weather Service, the so-called goose bone method was a famous weather-forecasting technique. Here’s how to try it at home.
Of course, many of us have broken the dried “wishbone” with another person. The person who ends up with the larger part of the bone gets to make their wish. Some of us may even recall that old-fashioned pastime of making wishbone necklaces.
A WISHBONE FOR WEATHER PREDICTING?
An even more peculiar use for the wishbone was to use it as a sort of weather instrument. Here’s how it worked, according to the author:
Around Thanksgiving, a bird from a local farm would be slaughtered and cooked. Our tradition was to bring home a goose.
Grandma would roast it, carve it, and serve it, always being careful not to cut the wishbone from the carcass.
After the goose had been eaten, she would carefully remove the wishbone and cut away all the meat and fat left clinging to it. Grandpa would take the bone and put it on a shelf to dry, keeping an eye out for the coloration that would follow. If the bone turned blue, black, or purple, a cold winter lay ahead.
White indicated a mild winter.
Purple tips were a sure sign of a cold spring.
A blue color branching out toward the edge of the bone, meant open weather until New Year’s Day.
If the bone was a dark color, or blue all over, the prediction was for a really bad winter.
That’s all there was to it.
An overall dark color meant that the bird had absorbed a lot of oil, which acted as a natural protection against the cold.
The darker the blue coloring, the tougher the winter ahead would probably be.
Of course, back in the day, all the geese were local and not factory-farmed. Just like persimmon seeds and woolly worm caterpillars, not just any goose will do!
Would this work for any fowl, including the Thankgiving turkey? Try it out and see what you think.
The 1980 Old Farmer's Almanac, 2020
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/forecasting-weather-wishbone
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