I am writing a fictional story about someone who lives in the slums of some small South American country. When he was ten, during a fever, an angel appeared to him and told him that he would become an FBI Agent. He may have seen a movie with FBI agents, so he has some sense of what that means. Step by step, what does he have to do to fulfill that prophecy in a real way? [more inside]
Lived in DC for thirteen years, visiting my parents, and my Romanian friend may be visiting me this summer. In any case, what can I do to make sure he has the best time possible in America? [more inside]
help me decide on a country for my gap year! [more inside]
Why are there so few Italian-Americans on the West Coast? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recommendation on a bank that I could access from both South and North America. [more inside]
My wife has recently expressed an interest in moving from Australia to America to work for a year (possibly longer). Can anyone provide some advice on how to make this possible (visas, employment etc)? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good book that will help me learn more about how the American government actually works. Specifically, how lobbyists influence Congress, how House committees work, etc. Now that a new administration (that I'm really happy about) is coming in, I want to really understand what's happening in Washington (or at least how its worked in the past).
Me and my friends would like to go somewhere warm this February. We don't care where, and we would be fine with booking at the last minute. How do we get a great deal? [more inside]
Where is that particular political map of America that shows a county by county breakdown of party and population via 3D extrusion? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
Is it worth it to keep paying my American bills while permanently overseas? Much more after the jump. [more inside]
I'd like to drive from Texas to Tierra Del Fuego. How do I pull this off? [more inside]
How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may be called? [more inside]
Please recommend books (not overly scholarly, but in-depth, if possible) dealing with the causes and issues surrounding the rise of the American Independence movement prior to July 4, 1776. [more inside]
My friend found this strange fruit somewhere in or around Oaxaca, Mexico. What is it?
I'm looking for the origin of a quote attributed to Marcel Mauss for a friend. [more inside]
What are the best films and books on the Muslim experience in America? [more inside]
I've been recruited by a large firm in the US, who are going to relocate me to their offices in Washington. How do I deal with your weird health-care system? [more inside]
What kind of influence do US network anchors have on the news selection and editing process? [more inside]
Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
US-election filter: are felons allowed to vote? [more inside]
For my 4th of July present to America, I want to start buying American-made products. Where can I do so in San Diego? And would you be willing to make a list for me of American companies that make frequently-needed products? [more inside]
International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
Seeking DVDs for a European to learn American history. Learning Company comes to mind, but your minds are more varied than mine. Any advice greatly appreciated.
I use instant messaging a fair amount to talk to people all over the United States and in Europe, mostly Austria, Germany and England. Why is it that smiley faces (as in =) and :X) are so much more prevalent in Europe (at least Northern Europe) than in America? It feels like one pops up every other line, sometimes twice in the same sentence. I should mention that I am young (18) and so are the people I talk to.
Me and three friends are flying out to drive across America, mainly following the old Route 66. I have two main questions: 1) What's worth seeing on this route? 2) What should we be wary of? Also, any other advice is more than appreciated.
I'm driving cross country and am looking to make a mix CD for the road using songs about America. Ask Metafilter has previously tackled similar questions dealing with songs about Los Angeles, California, New York, New Jersey and even Europe, but what are some of the best songs about America?
How far would I need to travel from a tower 100 feet high before the sight of it would become obscured by the horizon? [more inside]
What is the maximum amount of time a US citizen can spend in Canada at one time, with just a passport? What about over the course of a year? These would be personal and/or business visits. [more inside]
Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
Ok, so I'm traveling to the States from the UK for the first time and I realise that you guys tip pretty much everyone. So I need to know when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip? [more inside]
This question is only for people who went to public school in the United States. Did you receive any financial education there, and if so, what?
Please help me find an guide to dealing with Americans that deals with how Americans take criticism. [more inside]
I'm wondering how to send a check in dollars to someone in the States from a bank account in Indian rupees (for a low sum like $200). Essentially I'd like the equivalent of what, out there, would be mailing a money order. [more inside]
What is a good newsfeed for daily American news at a national level? [more inside]
So I play guitar (fairly well) and ukulele (passably). I'm thinking about getting a baritone or tenor ukulele, but also strongly considering a guitalele. Where can I get one in America (in VA, DC, or NJ?) [more inside]
It's kind of the opposite of questions that have been asked in the past: What activities can you recommend for an American host to arrange for some Chinese Visitors? [more inside]
How hard is it to get a job in America as a foreigner without a degree? [more inside]
A couple of years ago – post-911, maybe in 2002 or 2003 – my local post office in Canada was handing out a list of things that could no longer be mailed into the U.S., which included any commercially made candy, even in small amounts as personal gifts. [more inside]
Can I, a Canadian citizen, get through the American border, by car, with the following pieces of ID: [more inside]
So Hunter S Thompson's dead and I don't really know which writers to turn to, as the American election year gets underway, who can bring the mad skills, the savage wit, and the dedication to cutting through the usual bullshit. Wanna-be gonzo schtick I'm not so excited by; clear, fearless, honest voices for the win! Drug references optional. [more inside]
Does anyone know the link to a website that displays a list of terms that are used by the president at speeches as a sort of cloud? For example: blah blah blah blah blah WAR blah blah TERROR blah blah TAX I've seen it before, I just can seem to find the link. The website also archives terms used in past speeches. Thanks! [more inside]
I came across a reference to the "Pillars of Hercules" and a notion that the old European pagan gods had never intended their followers to live beyond the Pillars of Hercules (so roughly, nowhere west of Spain, south of North Africa, and I am unclear on other boundaries). Does anyone know a source which expands on this notion? [more inside]
Where should we move- which American cities have active entertainment industries? [more inside]
Can anyone give some pointers for a couple (both 22) traveling to San Francisco for the first time from the UK? [more inside]
I am thinking of moving to France for a few months (less than 3 months). I want to continue to do remote freelance work for my for American clients. Will I get in trouble with France for doing this? Who should I talk to about this?
Do other non-U.S. countries/cultures use the phrase "It's a free country?" [more inside]