A typical example of the humorous village story is that of a rather stupid young man who had to make a formal call with his uncle on a friend, following the decease of the latter's father. Not knowing how to act, he asked his uncle to instruct him and the latter said simply to do exactly as he did himself. Now when they arrived at the firend's house, the uncle, being an unusually tall man, bumped his head on the gate cover as tehy went in. The nephew following him, seeing this, but being short, stepped back, and taking a run jumped up and hit his head also. They went inside and after bowing to the ancestral tablet, the uncle bowed to the host. As he did so he accidentlly broke wind. When the nephew tried to imitate him, he could not. He kept on trying, however, with the result that he defecated instead. The uncle was so disgusted that he took him home.
— "A Stupid Young Man," excerpted from Cornelius Osgood, The Koreans and Their Culture, in exhibit at the National Folk Museum of Korea
And just wait till the end. You know what the twist is? The best bibimbap is inside her all along.
— Lily on her memoir Bibimbap Survey
I want someone to yell at me sometime.
— Guy from France on Japan
Now that's the ticket.
— Lily
That was a trap. We're going to finish first. Premise: a museum where you finish first.
— Lily
It was just to make cookies. All that trouble for just a few cookies... and there's no snacks after night star.
— Lily on a grinding device displayed at Shikoku Mura Village (and referencing some of the wall text)
It's like the whole floor is the water bottle.
— Lily on her water bottle cap which fell on the floor face up
Have fun slowly.
— Translated older woman sitting next to us at Okonomimura
If enough people do something it's a dance.
— Lily
“A majority of the satellites in orbit will be SpaceX, if things go according to plan,” Mr. Musk said.
— Kenneth Chang, "SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Internet Satellites Into Orbit," The New York Times
The 11s are actually really cool
— Kid next to us at Beer Komachi talking to his family about multiplying 11s
Pagodas are like house kebabs.
— Lily
but why?
it was her birthday, so
she liked to look her best.
— Miffy mug
You eat the plate, they never know.
— Lily on conveyor belt sushi
What state is, uh, New Orleans in?
— First thing Lily said upon waking up
Tiles, pots, bricks and toilets are popularly known as ceramics. Most of People are not aware of new class of modern or techical ceramics such as Nasa's Spacecraft, engine components, artificial bones and even pencil lead.
— Museum store item copy
If I were a photographer, that would be my thing, meetings.
— Lily on staff meetings
The shiny stainless steel sculpture was purcahsed by Robert E. Mnuchin, the father of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
New York Times bullet point
Not the way I would take.
— Lily on plane going north
I have a question. Why cash back?
— Cashier at Primo! Cappucino in Penn Station asking about my credit card choices