What are some good biographies of James Madison? [more inside]
What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see." [more inside]
What are some interesting, US-specific things I can mail to a friend abroad? [more inside]
I really dig 3 "interlude" tracks that are played in episodes 35 and 36, but for the life of me can't figure out what they are. I've looked on TAL's online episode guide, which sometimes documents episode music, but not for these ones. [more inside]
I've only found help on how to Shrink stuff, not how to avoid it. So the American Apparel medium t-shirts are too big for me even after a wash, but their small shirts are perfect pre-wash. They are 100% cotton and I'm wondering what I can do to not have them shrink at all. Can I hand wash them gently with detergent and then hang dry? Any experience or anecdotes would be great!
In this episode of 30 Days Morgan Spurlock lives on a Navajo reservation and takes part in various rituals. One of these is a morning run... where could I read more about that?
Where can I find a list of foods that originated in the United States? [more inside]
Expat/citizenship Filter: Before I became eligible to apply for citizenship in the country I live in, I was all for it. Now that it's six months past my first date of eligibility, I'm not so sure. Anyone else been through this process? Any advice? Any advice or stories from you wonderful Mefites to help a girl make up her mind? [more inside]
Moon Palace by Paul Auster! help! [more inside]
What could be a "modern american" skill or hobby that traditional chinese parents may not want their daughter to learn? [more inside]
This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
I'm writing an MA thesis based (in part) on American McGee's Alice... problem is I haven't played it and can't seem to find a copy for Mac OS in Canada. [more inside]
What is wrong with suggesting that African-American children do not benefit from their parents telling them about the infamous "3 strikes against them as a Black person?" [more inside]
Can anybody recommend some traditional black gospel recordings? [more inside]
I'm reading Richard Ford's A multitude of sins short stories collection, and I find it rather dull... (less powerful Raymond carver to me) but it seems that he's considered as a "master of the short story" (Esquire), "one of the country's best writers" (San Francisco chronicle)... Could you give me elements to modify my judgement ?
I want to buy a sink for my bathroom. The sink I want is an American Standard. The toilet I already bought is a Kohler. Both are listed as white, but I can't tell if the whites match. Any one know a good resource for checking this out? I could go to the Depot, but they don't have exactly the sink I'm looking for, so I will probably have to do a internet faith order.
Complete longshot, but can anyone tell me which TV show this is? [more inside]
Farmacias mexicanas: Cuéntenme de los requísitos para ser farmacista en DF. (How to legally become a pharmacist in Mexico?) [more inside]
How stupid are these surveys about American stupidity? [more inside]
Some colleagues want to set up a voicemail system in the US for a small tech company in Australia and we need some intelligent, welcoming American female voices that sound at ease with technical jargon to do our answering messages. Any adult age. Slight accents ok. I haven't really been impressed with the sound of professional voice models - they're a bit too slick for our image. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
HEY AMERICANS! What would be a good gift from a Canadian? [more inside]
Our bodies are shameful because the Puritans told us so: Yea or Nay? [more inside]
Group of American tourists going to Europe. We need a mobile phone solution to stay in touch with each other. [more inside]
What literature is written about Spain or the experience of living in Spain by American authors? [more inside]
I am a Canadian who worked for two months in the NJ last year. How do I sort out my taxes in the US? [more inside]
NPR-story-with-little-to-go-on-filter: Several years ago, I heard a radio story involving a tribal election in which one candidate was represented as being for re-investing funds in the tribe, while another was for direct payments to tribe members. An tribe member, interviewed, said he'd vote for the latter, although even he didn't think it was best for the tribe or for him in the long term -- because he wanted the cash. [more inside]
I am involved in branding a "company" that has a casino, theater and hotel as part of its assets. Part of the brand development is naming. The company is located in Northern New Mexico (Espanola – which, I've been informed is a leading provide of Black tar heroin!). Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for reference books or even novels that focus on that area/culture and might spark some inspiration for names. The "company" is actually a Native American tribe or Pubelo that is known for its Black pottery.
I think I may be a British citizen by descent. What now? [more inside]
What's the name of that American TV show where a woman draped the American flag into a stunning dress without cutting it, and did the photo shoot inside Grand Central Station? [more inside]
I'm invited to an Indian friend's 5 year wedding anniversary party (both he and his wife are Indian). What would be a suitable, perhaps traditional, yet inexpensive present to bring? [more inside]
Looking for a good book that gives an overview of the African American experience in the United States. It should be readable, engaging, but also informative. [more inside]
Who sings the version of "Someone to Watch Over Me" on the latest episode of This American Life? It is incorrectly credited to, uh, Sting, on the TAL website. [more inside]
Gift ideas for a friend who's really into Native American culture? [more inside]
What should I be reading to learn about Native American history and material culture? [more inside]
I think I want to move to the Netherlands. Help! [more inside]
Help me think of some fun gifts American for a friend studying abroad in Italy. [more inside]
Cannot find title of early 90's movie set in New York with interlocking stories. [more inside]
How can we get my pug on our flight so he can spend Xmas with us on the East Coast? [more inside]
Are there any Native American stories or legends or beliefs about the deceased coming back as horses? Possibly as spirit animals?
This American Life Filter: There's an episode where a guy finds out he's a lousy friend [more inside]
Set list for performing in an Irish bar. [more inside]
Best place for outdoor seating late afternoon drinks around Vallejo or American Canyon California? [more inside]
American Football Filter: Why do pro and college teams almost always carry both a punter and a separate place/field-goal kicker? [more inside]
I'm an American traveling to Cuba legally (under a general license). What are the restrictions on what I can/cannot bring back into the U.S.?
How can I figure out a musical interlude I heard this morning on Weekend America? [more inside]
I am trying to identify a painting. It was by a 20th century American painter whose name escapes me. It was of a suburban landscape and slightly Hopperish. [more inside]
American considering taking his family to Montreal for a year -- can his five-year-old attend school?
My friend is an American considering taking his family to Montreal for a year. Can his five-year-old attend school? [more inside]
Quotefilter: Need both source and text from a historical story I once read for a sermon/homily this weekend. The story concerned a Native American who was shown a church by a missionary, and the Native American responded to the effect of "why do you keep God in a building?" That's all of the detail I have, and my Google-fu is failing me on this one ....
How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
Irish and Northerners: Tell me your reflections on religious programming on present-day RTE TV and Radio? [more inside]