Category Archives: Signs

Prognostications, fortune-telling, etc.


Saying “Merde” Instead of “Break A Leg” for Ballet

Main Piece: Saying “Merde” to ballet dancers in place of “Good luck” or “Break a leg” Background: This saying was told to me by my informant who has participated in various dance groups for close to 13 years. She is most formally trained in ballet through a local performing arts center known as KCYA. She… Continue Reading »

Using a string and piece of string to predict the gender of a baby

Main Piece Informant: So you put a ring on a string. You loop it and then you hang it in front of the pregnant woman by her stomach-but don’t let it touch the stomach. If it motions sideways then it means it is a girl, but if it motions front and back it is supposed… Continue Reading »

Chinese Housewarming Tradition

Main Piece: According to RE, there is a Chinese tradition for when you buy a home. “When you first buy a house, before you enter for the first time you have to throw new, shiny coins into the house then the first three items you bring in is oil, sugar, and rice. The meaning behind… Continue Reading »

Green Doors at Loyola University

Main Piece: TF, a freshman at Loyola University Chicago, explains the lore of the Green Doors at Cudahy Library. “So there are these green doors to our library and they only open on the first day of classes and on graduation every year. So on the first day of classes, freshmen will walk through them… Continue Reading »