Category Archives: Stereotypes/Blason Populaire


Folk Belief: It’s Good Luck to Kill a Scotsman

Main Piece:  Informant: “There’s a law in England that in York on Sunday, you’re allowed to kill a Scotsman with a bow and arrow. So- I mean, this was put in place in the 1700s when England was at war with Scotland and it was never repealed, so it still exists. So, apparently, some people… Continue Reading »

Chinese Food & Jewish Christmas + a Joke

Main Piece: How would you describe this tradition? “For American Jewry, frequently if they don’t have friends or family to spend Christmas with, they needed somewhere to go on Christmas when everything was closed, and one thing that seemed to be open was Chinese food restaurants, which were not closed on Christmas. And there’s a… Continue Reading »

Memes of the Previous Generation: Spurdo

Main Performance: AK: Remember Pedo-bear from the 2000s? YJ: Yeah what about it? AK: You don’t really see much of him these days right? YJ: Yeah not even the Chris Hansen memes survived AK: Have you seen the Finnish version of it? YJ: The what? AK: Finland mutated Pedo-Bear into something completely random, but it’s… Continue Reading »

Ukrainian WW2 Joke

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my father, F, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Ukrainian/Scottish family in Canada in 1950. His family was poor and working class, and he lived in Canada for many years before attending schools in England, and eventually moving back to Canada before moving with… Continue Reading »

Ethiopian Anecdote – The Lazy Student

Main Piece  Once there was a boy who did not understand math. His teacher tried teaching him subtraction, but the boy would not understand. So, the teacher explained with an example. “If I have five sheep,” she asked, “and one of them leaves, how many sheep are left?” The boy answers, “no sheep will be… Continue Reading »