Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: 04/29/2020
Primary Language: English
The following is transcribed from a riddle the informant gave the interviewer.
Informant: A pine tree grows 10 pineapples.
Informant: Two of the pineapples out of the 10 fall. How many pineapples are left on the tree?
Interviewer: On the tree? Or are there?
Informant: Are there on the tree.
Interviewer: I would say ten minus two so 8 left. But it’s probably wrong.
Informant: Correct! You’re wrong. There are 0 pineapples on the pine tree.
Interviewer: How come? What do you mean?
Informant: Because pine trees do not grow pineapples.
Background: My sister was born in LA and she goes to school in Downey. She first heard this riddle about a year ago. She usually says when there’s “usually nothing to talk about”. She remembers it because “it was pretty good and easy to follow”.
Context: After giving me a myth, I asked if she knew of any jokes or riddles. She responded with “yes I know this one” and continued with the above riddle. This was taken from my room. Casual.
Thoughts: I fooled myself. I consider myself a numbers person so when I heard 10 and 2 I just did basic subtraction but I didn’t pay attention to the pine tree and pineapple detail. In a way, I guess it shows I’m not a good listener. All in all, it was a short and concise riddle that served its purpose. It made me say “oooh yeah” after getting the joke. I tried to fool my dad later on but he said 0 so he actually listens. This can be a listening test now that I think about it. A good listener would say 0 and a poor listener would say 8 just like I did.