Tag Archives: fakelore


Tahoe Tessie

Background: The informant frequently visited Lake Tahoe growing up. She knows a lot about the Lake itself and told me she’d heard this legend. SD: So this is the story of Tahoe Tessie, uh, named after Nessie which is, uh, the more colloquial name for the Loch Ness Monster, they like to call–I don’t know… Continue Reading »

Superstition: Don’t Play With Matches, ‘Cause You’ll Pee the Bed

Main Piece:  “Don’t play with matches, cause you’ll pee the bed. Yeah, that was a major way of disciplining me when I was a kid. So that I wouldn’t play with matches when I was a kid.” Background: My informant experienced this almost as a threat that his parents would make in order to make… Continue Reading »

Practical Joke: Eating an Orange Like a Monkey

Main Piece:  Informant: “It comes from my dad. I remember distinctly, I was probably four and he said ‘I’m going to show you how to eat and orange like a monkey.’ And this is how you do it. You take an orange and you orient the stem perpendicular, and you cut it in half so that… Continue Reading »

Rain Song from Living Earth Camp

Abstract: This piece is about a rain song that is sung at Living Earth Camp when it hasn’t rain in awhile. It stems from “native” songs, but there is no evidence. Main Piece: “L: I went to like a nature camp in the years I was in middle school over the summer. So it was… Continue Reading »

Tahoe Tessie

Main Piece LL: “Over the break, I went to Lake Tahoe for the first time. It was really interesting because a lot of the shops there sell all these items about a lake monster that is supposed to have lived in the water for years and years.” Informant: “How long is that?” LL: “I think… Continue Reading »