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“Two in the air, four on the ground…” – Farsi Riddle

Description of Informant MV (79) is a retired engineer, chess master, and violinist from Tehran, Iran. At 19, he came to America to study at Ohio Northern and remained in the states for his adult life (Missouri and California). While in Iran, he lived a very traditional life under religious parents; this continues to influence… Continue Reading »

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 »