Author Archives: Dean Markus

Urban legend: Momo

Main Piece: Informant: Oh my god Momo, can we please not talk about Momo oh god. Momo is this like, texting game that some of my friends play at school. You know what WhatsApp is? Yeah, so like, my friends will text this number and whoever is behind it will respond and ask them to… Continue Reading »

USC High Dive: Graduation Tradition

Main Piece: Jumping off the high dive at the USC Aquatic Center before you graduate Informant: Apparently you have to jump off the high dive before you graduate from USC. It’s in the aquatic center and it’s like 30 or 40 feet high in the air. You’re supposed to like go break in or something… Continue Reading »

Pre-game ritual: Goalies

  Main Piece Informant: Before every game starts, when I am in the crease, I’ll tap the right post with the handle of my stick and the left post with the blade end. Background:  The informant is my brother. He is a senior at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. There he plays goalie for… Continue Reading »

Thai pre-wedding custom

Main Piece: Informant: Here’s there’s this thing called a Sin Sod. It’s a price that the groom must pay the bride’s family before they can get married. It’s not as bad as it seems. It’s actually kind of sweet! The bride’s family will usually gift it back at the wedding. It’s more of a formality… Continue Reading »

Figure Skating and Stuffed Animals

Main piece: Interviewer: Can you think of any superstitions or rituals you had when you were figure skating? Informant: Me? No I wasn’t superstitious at all. I remember other girls that would do stuff. Stuffed animals are a big part of skating culture. Some skaters have one singular stuffed animal that they carry everywhere, throughout… Continue Reading »