Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: 04/29/2020
Primary Language: English
The following is transcribed from a riddle between the informant and interviewer.
Informant: A red guy lives in a red house
Interviewer: A red guy lives in a red house. Ok.
Informant: A blue guy lives in a blue house.
Interviewer: Blue guy in blue house.
Informant: yes, uhhh a green guy lives in a green house.
Informant: Who lives in the White House.
Interviewer: I know it’s not a white guy right?
Informant: Oh my god. I thought you would get this one.
Interviewer: What is it?
Informant: The president. The president lives in the white house.
Background: My sister was born in LA and she goes to school in Downey. She first heard this riddle about 5 years ago and says it whenever she’s saying any jokes. She tells this joke specifically to see if people fall for it and say “white guy”.
Context: The setting was in my room during the day. I asked her if she knew of any other joke or riddle and threw this one at me. After failing to find the joke in the first one (the pinecone and pineapple one), she was disappointed I failed at this one too.
Thoughts: I think I’m not a riddle or joke person. The answer can be right in front of me and I won’t be able to detect it. I can also deduce I’m not a very good listener. It seems like I take things literally and think logically. I followed the pattern of a color person living in the same color house but that’s not it. One has to think outside the box and look at the bigger picture.