The 26-year-old informant was born in Russia, but moved to the U.S. at a young age. During his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, he was a teaching assistant for a Russian folklore class and found these pieces of folklore to be particularly interesting or representative of Russian culture.
“Another sort of interesting thing that occurs in all sort of Russian folklore is riddles. Like, in fairytales you’ll often have heroes having to solve riddles. So one riddle is:
In the morning it’s seven feet long,
At midday it’s seven inches long,
And in the evening, it reaches across the field.
So the answer to that is a shadow.
Another one is:
Can’t be measured,
Can’t be weighed,
But everyone’s got one.
And the answer to that is the mind.”