Barn has Thelma Lou right in his hip pocket. That theory later turned out to be very erroneous.
All animals shy away from anything touched by a human. You got your spores on it and they won't go near it. As for baby birds it doesn't kill em, but it stunts their growth a little.
He read that if you put a willow chip under a dogs head while he is dreaming and then put it under your pillow you'll have the same dream.
A fire that's started pioneer style is bound to be hotter than fire started with ordinary matches.