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Where’s that Polar Bear Going?

Folk Piece Question: You’re standing in a room which is centered perfectly on the south pole. You see a polar bear walk by the window. In what cardinal direction is the polar bear? Answer: North. It can be northeast or northwest.   Background information “I don’t even know where I heard this. Probably when I… Continue Reading »

Korean Directional Superstition

My informant first heard this superstition from his mother when he was fourteen years old.  His father had passed away when he was thirteen, so in Korean tradition, the sons must prepare a shrine for the deceased father on the day the father died to commemorate his death.  It is a time of reflection and… Continue Reading »