Category Archives: Humor


Chinese High School Military Training

Context: All across China students join a mandatory military training for two weeks to a month before officially entering a public high school. The training usually takes place in the school. Students live in their dormitories together, and parents are not allowed to visit. Trainings are conducted by soldiers and head teachers. 30 to 50… Continue Reading »

Facebook Senior Names

Background:  My informant, AK, is a 19 year old student at the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Southern California and is studying engineering. While in high school, AK was an active member and team captain of her school’s swim team. She attended the school from kindergarten until she graduated and knew… Continue Reading »

British Celebration of Guy Fawkes Night

Interviewer: So why do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night? Informant: It was a big part of my childhood. I remember going to Bonfire Night Parties. So the month prior to the 5th of November, the actual date, families and friends would gather old furniture and sweep up leaves, a lot of fallen leaves, and anything… Continue Reading »

The Joke A Dog with No Nose

Informant: It’s a very short joke. Interviewer: That’s perfectly fine. Just tell it how you know it. Informant: Okay. A dog with no nose, how does he smell? — Terrible! Interviewer: You don’t wait for someone to ask how? Informant: Not usually. Usually everyone knows the punchline so we all say it together. Informant: Who’s… Continue Reading »