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Elementary School Riddles

Background:  My informant, NK, is 19 years old and of South Korean descent from both her mother and father’s sides of the family. Her grandparents live close to her, so she spends a lot of time with them. She is very passionate about cooking. Even though she is majoring in biochemical engineering at UC Berkeley,… Continue Reading »

Three Consecutive Days Riddle

Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between myself, GK, and the informant, CZ.  CZ: Can you name three consecutive days without using the words: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. GK: I don’t know. How? CZ: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Background: The informant had heard this riddle from a camp… Continue Reading »

What happens in a minute?

Main Piece: Informant: What hap– this is a riddle, what happens once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? Interviewer: I don’t know. Informant: The letter ‘M’ Background: The informant is a nine-year-old Native American boy from the Choctaw, Blackfoot, and Lakota Nations. He was born and raised in… Continue Reading »

How many people are in family?

Main Piece: Informant: There is one grandma, two mom’s and two daughters and one granddaughter. How many people are in the family? Interview: Oh, shoot, my brain is running slow. How many? Interview: Three. Because the grandmother, uh, two mothers: the grandmother and the mother (2), two daughters, the daughter and um . . the… Continue Reading »