Another university, another Russian superstition! We ate in one of the Harvard dining rooms before our tour, and this row of students studying instantly caught my eye. My students also noticed! This would NEVER happen in a Russian university. First of all, the floor wouldn't be quite so clean... Secondly, you wouldn't really have wifi in the building...
And lastly? Why, everyone of course knows that if you sit on a cold stone, on the floor, or on any cold surface, you harm your reproductive organs.
I guess I'll be bringing back a whole bunch of reproductively-challenged students... The longer we're here, the more I see them sitting around indiscriminately!
Oh... And shhhhhhhh! They've even had ice in their drinks! (Another Russian superstition: drinking cold drinks will make you sick).