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164: What the Folk?


What is folk and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or political origin? Colin goes on a Fool's Errand and opens our eyes to hazing and camp pranks that keep getting passed down. Get folkin' excited for animal proverb origins, and a *challenging* Greek mythology quiz.

RUNTIME: 59 minute 57 seconds

Featured Interlude Music:

"Oh My Darling Clementine" by The Kiboomers  Amazon | iTunes 

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Reader Comments (7)

When you all were talking about the Greek gods and you brought up Phobos and Deimos, I was so excited that I knew it immediately! These are the names of the two moons of Mars!

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Regarding fool's errands: when a mom wanted to send her child to the neighbor cause she needed some peace and quiet she would send her to bring "teiens me ache" (not sure I am spelling correctly) which in Spanish means "keep me here" and the nice neighbor would know to tell the kid to do something while she went to get it.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaya

I really enjoyed your folklore episode. Something which I find interesting is folklore which is specific to a region. An example is the Australian drop bear - a vicious native related to the koala which has been curiously ignored by science. Every Australian knows about these terrifying creatures but you won't find out about them in books - the knowledge is passed down orally through the generations.

October 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

I worked in a sheet metal shop years ago. We would either send the new guy for offset drill bits or centerline. Our stock manager would help keep things going. If, for instance, I sent someone for a 1/4" offset drill bit, he would tell them we were out, then send them back to ask me if 3/8" would work instead. If you asked him for 100 feet of centerline, he tell you that we were out of the 100-foot lengths, then tell you to go find out if two 50-foot lengths work, and so on. We could keep a new guy running back and forth for ten minutes or more.

October 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Very nice folklore episode

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