Koala poop gains popularity as gift for Japanese test-takers

Koalas hang onto trees for 20 hours and people want students to approach exams with the same tenacity.
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM   |   Comments

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NAGOYA, Japan, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- While superstitious people have been rubbing rabbit feet for good luck for some time, it appears that koala poop might also bring about good fortune.

Koalas have been known to hang on trees for more than 20 hours at a time without falling, even while sleeping, and some Japanese feel that koala poop can convey that tenacity when given as a gift.

Prior to college admission exams in Japan, many students were given koala feces as a pre-test present.

The odd gift was so popular that the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya distributed packages containing koala feces and hand-written notes that were gone in less than 10 minutes.

That’s not the only strange superstition surrounding college admissions exams.

In Korea, it’s considered bad luck to eat slimy foods or crack an egg prior to taking a test.

This little koala certainly looks like it could be good luck…

[The Korea Times]

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