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]
What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes)
how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes) [more inside]
What are your favorite, most inspirational rural areas of the United States? I'm thinking of places that would sync perfectly to U2's Heartland. [more inside]
Please provide me with ideas for a road trip from Seattle to Phoenix that does not go through California. [more inside]
What are MeFi's favorite resources about American Indian law? I'm a fairly well-read person on the letters of the law- I read the appropriate journals and legal briefs- but I'd like a more comprehensive set of rhetoric about the native peoples of the Americas. [more inside]
Please help me find an art photograph of a portly white American man sitting on a park bench surrounded by starving Africans. [more inside]
Yet another one of my clients has been confused by a Domain Registry of America "invoice" mailing, and now I'm even madder at them. I saw this FTC ruling from 2003, but is there any kind of action/suit against the company now? If not, why not? [more inside]
Partly inspired by this question, what are some examples of Europe's subtler disdains of American culture in the 60s and 70s? To put it differently and more focused on my research purposes , where can I find commentary on France's/Italy's anti-American response to the information gathered in Servan-Schrieber's The American Challenge ? [more inside]
What was the attitude toward Americans and America in East Germany and the former USSR? What are some interesting propaganda campaigns, or stereotypes? [more inside]
Are there any "Americatowns" or "Little New Yorks"? I mean, are there any neighborhoods outside the U.S. that are known for having a sizable American expatriate/emigrant population and culture? I'm not talking about tourist ghettos in popular vacation spots. Nor am I interested in discussing the many American businesses and aspects of American culture that have spread outside the U.S. I just want to know if there are neighborhoods of non-American cities where a sizable, cohesive community of Americans live and work.
What are some books, essays, or maybe even films that assess Europe's view of America in the 20th century? [more inside]