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Haunted Hospital Stories Among Nurses

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: STELLA: Nurses believe their hospitals are haunted, oftentimes.  INTERVIEWER: Really? STELLA: Yeah. INTERVIEWER: Do they believe that the hospital *you* work at is haunted?  STELLA: I mean like, when I worked at a different hospital, like—there were… Continue Reading »

Dark Humor in the ICU (“Celestial Transfer”)

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: STELLA: I feel like people in the ICU especially have like, really dark humor. Um… like, dark kind of like—twisted humor? And I think like, you kind of like, have to be that way. Like, it’s like,… Continue Reading »

Urine Sample Joke

Background: My informant learned this joke from his dad, who himself was a doctor. It was passed to my informant when he was a young man. His father claimed he was the originator of the joke and that he really performed it himself, as the doctor in the joke was a colleague and friend. While… Continue Reading »

“Eat garlic and see it rise, Eat onions and forget what happened.”

My informant heard this proverb in Lebanon, his home country.  He did not recall the first time he heard it or who he heard it from.  He said it is simply an Arabic folk saying that he picked up from friends and family. This is not the first proverb I have heard that speaks of… Continue Reading »