I'm trying to put together a set of performances from various reality/contest shows (e.g., American Idol, Shark Tank) that provide good examples of the following four scenarios:
1. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very well.
2. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very poorly.
3. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very well.
4. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very poorly.
I'm very grateful for any and all suggestions. Thanks!
posted by ChopperDave
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I am trying to write a story that takes place in 1660s Massachusetts. I have a great plot and characters, but the action stops when they open their mouths. I simply don't know how they spoke. How can I find examples of 17th century English as spoken
by ordinary people? [more inside]
posted by Biblio
on May 26, 2014 -
Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary
on Apr 14, 2014 -
The American Legislative Exchange Council is an organization that creates "model bills" that reflect the interest of big business and encourages state legislators to adopt those bills as legislation to introduce to their legislatures. ALEC promotes these model bills to legislators who attend one or all of three annual meetings each year. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Mar 23, 2014 -
Does anyone know what the last segregated event was in the US ? I'm curious about "major events", say around 10,000 people. [more inside]
posted by dubold
on Feb 18, 2014 -
I saw this mug
in the conference room at work- it must be a coworkers. I would love to get one like it. It looks to be Zuni or Hopi Native American bears. Any ideas? thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Jan 18, 2014 -
I was gifted a $40 Groupon-like certificate for spending on the American Apparel online shop. What are some of the best items to buy? [more inside]
posted by ohmy
on Jan 15, 2014 -
I have an acquaintance in the UK who sends me "essentials", such as Jaffa Cakes, that I can't get here in the States. In return she's asked for some good American candy. The catch is that she's vegetarian. Rather than spend ages looking through lists of off-putting ingredients, I was hoping I could get some recommendations here. Bonus points for Halloween-themed candy (I'm thinking of candy corn, etc). Thanks!
posted by TheDonF
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I've been married to my husband for almost 22 years. We are in our mid-forties. We have 3 kids, a 15 1/2 yo son and 10 yo b-g twins. I am being driven crazy by a certain aspect of my husband's behavior/personality. For example, earlier today I noticed a scratch on the lower part of our refrigerator door. The fridge is black and about a year and half old. I mentioned it to my husband. He inspected it and immediately called our children in to the kitchen to ask who did the damage. (More...) [more inside]
posted by getyourlife
on Sep 2, 2013 -
My husband and I want to carefully plan a series of American History field trips for our family, to take place over the next 3-6 years. We live in Northern New England and are, ourselves, pretty conversant in US History. Can you help us plan what we should see and -- most importantly -- what order we should see it in? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Aug 16, 2013 -
My father (who emigrated from Cuba 30 years ago) and I are interested in visiting Cuba eventually. What exactly do you have to do to (legally) travel there? [more inside]
posted by myntu
on Jul 5, 2013 -
Husband and I are applying for jobs at the moment (our contracts expire around end of July). Interviews have gone well, but the guy I was talking to yesterday said he couldn't offer me a position as all the HB1 visas were gone for this year. Apparently they were all allocated within four days of being available! And there were 800,000 applicants for 65,000 places. When would I need to apply/what do I need to do do maximise my chances? Husband can also work on an O1B visa - is that the same process? Have any of you applied for these visas, and if so how did it go/what was your experience like? Does anyone have any tips? Would it be good to hire a lawyer for this or can we do it on our own? TIA for any info/advice.
posted by everydayanewday
on May 15, 2013 -
I'm planning a trip to stay with a friend and his family in Dublin next month, and would like to bring them something to enjoy from the US that they'd have a hard time finding in Ireland. [more inside]
posted by exogenous
on Apr 3, 2013 -
I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Feb 27, 2013 -
I'll be going to NZ for a couple weeks in a few months and have an old iPhone 3G S that I'd like to be able to use there as a local cell phone. Can anyone suggest the best method for doing this? [more inside]
posted by Frisbee Girl
on Jan 18, 2013 -
Who are the most famous Americans I probably don't know about because their fame is primarily within non-English speaking communities? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 10, 2012 -
I have moved to a foreign country and am looking for suggestions as to how to get along in the best way possible until I can return to the US. I am a single woman with a professional background.
I came to this country to reconnect with my ancestral roots. I have found the culture and behavior really appalling and irritating on a profound level as well as being sexist at a very deep level. [more inside]
posted by malach_sadriel
on Dec 2, 2012 -
Looking for snappy, informative video clips about spies in the American Revolution for an espionage class for kids in 6th- 9th grade. Help? [more inside]
posted by puckish
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Some friends who supported Romney are so displeased with the election results that they are now threatening to move to Canada or Australia for the next four years. Okay. Would their experiences living as American citizens in those countries in reality align more closely with their conservative ideals? How 'bout if they became citizens? What's the best response to these people? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle
on Nov 7, 2012 -
Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Oct 23, 2012 -
DualCitizenshipFilter: I was born an American citizen, the son of a Canadian mother. A few years ago I applied for and received my Canadian citizenship, and was provided with my Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. I have never applied for and do not have a Canadian passport. If I were to enter Canada now (by air or land) what do I say, what do I tell them? Can I just show them my canadian card and be done with it? What about coming back to the U.S.A.? Can it be done both ways without either passport?
posted by kjl291
on Sep 17, 2012 -
How can I learn what caused an apparent aborted landing and go-around at DFW airport today? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd
on Sep 16, 2012 -
I'm an American with a current California driver's license. I've been living in the UK for over a year, so I can't drive here without getting a UK license. I'm going to Portugal next month. Can I legally drive there? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Aug 6, 2012 -
Based on your personal experience, what is the best American airline to fly with (in terms of quality of service, comfort, customer service, etc.)?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo
on Jul 29, 2012 -
Can anyone help me find Cold War-era video of American propaganda specifically about *Russians* (or at least mentioning Russians), rather than "Communists" in general?
posted by ac
on Jul 26, 2012 -
How could I describe in a non-technical way how certain English-speakers maintain a distinction between the "w" and "wh" sound? A certain amount of technical description could help. Its for a character in a story. For example: "The beginning of his 'what' still comes from deep within his throat." I don't know if that's technically true and it sounds awesomely terrible but something like that. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque
on Jul 13, 2012 -
As a dual citizen, can I travel to places on a Canadian passport that I can't go to (or is difficult or expensive to get visas for) on an American passport? Can I actually pick-and-choose what passport to use to get the best benefit? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder
on Jul 3, 2012 -
CookingFilter: I've been making a bunch of Asian fusion dishes lately and I don't think I've ever been satisfied with a component crucial to my understanding of food: the cheese! [more inside]
posted by dubusadus
on Jul 3, 2012 -
While faxing at the front desk at my job, a few co-workers were sitting around chatting. An African American co-worker was telling few Hispanic co-workers a story about how her and her friends were overlooked while shopping at Coach, "because the clerk was only paying attention to the (mouths the word "white" while my back was turned) girls. She goes on the explain that they left the store and called to complain that they were ignored because of their race. I was the only white person there (and not part of the conversation) and I would never have been telling a story if the reverse was true, so was this racism in the workplace? I surely felt uncomfortable. What can/should I do?
posted by EquineProcine
on Jun 18, 2012 -
Can I use an AmEx Gift Card for an American Express Presale at Ticketmaster.com? Specifically, this event
? I don't have a regular AmEx credit card.
posted by AONeal79
on May 24, 2012 -
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on May 6, 2012 -
I've accidentally watched the American version of The Killing instead of the original. Is it now worth watching the Danish (Forbydelsen)? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo
on Apr 28, 2012 -
What are the quirks to living in Europe that will surprise me as an American and what do I need to know to be an effective and prepared expat American in Belgium? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 23, 2012 -
Help me find resources for elementary age children regarding the modern Native American experience. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I'm an American in Bangalore. Tomorrow, major unions have called for a nationwide bandh (strike). I'm having a major personal crisis about what to do. Listen, I know this isn't my country. And it's not my strike. But I'm very, very, very uneasy about what role I should be playing. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I heard somebody today use the phrase "American Camilla". What are they talking about?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 26, 2012 -
I am looking for "left" or "blue state" American flags or patches in which all the colored part of the flag is blue (eg blue stripes instead of red). Maybe I just cannot get the correct search terms, but I have not been able to find these. Anyone know where such an animal can be got?
posted by ackptui
on Nov 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for books, nonfiction or fiction, that accurately and effectively discuss, portray, and/or meditate on the condition of specifically children, or perhaps more broadly families, being poor. Any ethnicity or cultural group, although I am primarily interested in relatively contemporary narratives, 1950 or later, more or less. [more inside]
posted by grokfest
on Nov 13, 2011 -
"American English is like a mugger in a back alley who, instead of taking your wallet, takes your pocket dictionary".
I read a quote in this vein a while ago and I'm trying to identify the actual quote and the source.
posted by chara
on Sep 12, 2011 -