Tag Archives: 1960s


Not Eating the Last Bit: An American Superstition

Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant from Bridgeport, CT. She learned the superstition from her mother and has vehemently abided by it ever since.  Context: The following piece was collected in a casual, in-person interview at the informant’s home in San Diego, CA.  Piece:  Informant: “I can’t eat… Continue Reading »

UC Davis Haunted Lecture Hall

Background: The informant is an American UC Davis 2018 alumni who currently works as an actuary in San Diego, CA. He learned the tradition while attending university in Davis, CA, but never partook in it himself.  Context: The following piece was collected in a brief, casual over-the-phone interview. Piece:  Collector: “Were there any haunted places… Continue Reading »