Author Archives: folklorestudent21

NO SLOW FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So one thing is like… “No slow friends on a powder day.” Which is just a way to say that you’re like picky with who you ski with when there’s powder, you know? Like you don’t wanna have to be responsible for someone slow on a powder day. You don’t wanna miss… Continue Reading »

GIFTING SHOES AND KNIVES

MAIN PIECE: Informant: So my family has this superstition… About not gifting someone shoes or knives. Like you can give them in the sense of like… If you text me and tell me that you want Nike Air Forces for your birthday… I wouldn’t say no. But I would expect you to pay me for… Continue Reading »

SOUPY VS. STICKY FOODS BEFORE AN EXAM

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So in Korean culture… Before like a test or an exam you’re recommended not to drink or eat something that’s like soupy or runny. So, like, don’t have soup on the day of. And you should rather have something sticky like sticky rice or taffy or something like that, that has that… Continue Reading »

WORKPLACE PRANKS

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: Well… So, my coworkers and I like to prank each other, and there was a time when there was this really stink––I can’t remember who started it––but one of us got this stinkiest cheese from the store and hid it in the other one’s desk. And then he hid it in my… Continue Reading »

NORWEGIAN TROLLS

MAIN PIECE: Informant: So… Trolls are what people think of when they think of Norway, I guess… But people don’t actually believe in trolls, I don’t think… It’s kind of like to make childhood exciting, I think. You know how we have these little hikes in the woods where supposedly the trolls live, and you… Continue Reading »