Articles, thoughts, and reviews… by Dan Goodspeed



All the time I learn interesting differences between Russia and America. I wish I started keeping track years ago, I would have hundreds. But no time better than the present to start.

One persistent difference are the good/bad luck superstitions that are everywhere in Russian culture.

I was just listening to “до свидания” by Земфира (Zemfira). The first line translates to “The moon is waning – it happens, I’m going to get a haircut”.

Turns out, to some Russians, it’s good luck to get your hair cut when the moon is waxing. So she was making a joke that she was getting her hair cut when it was waning.

It’s probably one of those “you have to be a Russian” to get the joke lines.