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Russian Legend: The Tsar’s Gift for his Wife

Interview Extraction: Interviewer: “You once told me a story about the Tsar, and how he did something very romantic for his wife?” Informant: “Oh yeah. He was trying to impress his wife because he knew she loved the winter, and he knew that her birthday is during the summer. I think it was in July…. Continue Reading »

Theater Occupational Superstition: Don’t Whistle in the Theater!

Interview Extraction: Informant: “Ok, so you want to hear the story about why you don’t whistle in the theatre? One reason is that supposedly the first riggers* in the theatre were sailors. And sailors received their orders via whistles, which supposedly carried better than voices in the wind. And so you didn’t want to be… Continue Reading »