While on facebook, I saw a group photo of Catholic priests in India at St. Alphonsa's Tomb and Chapel, Bharananganam, Pala. While I am aware that it is the norm for Catholic priests in India (and some other countries considered tropical) to wear white cassocks as their street dress, and indeed, a number of the priests in the photograph were wearing them, there was something that was truly puzzling to me in spite of growing up Catholic and having attended mass and otherwise had contact with the Catholic church in two Asian countries, Japan and Thailand. In the picture of these priests gathered at this saint's tomb in southern India, there were some among them who were wearing robes or cassocks in shades of peach or puce, and light goldenrod. I have never seen priests dressed this way in any country, and I want to know if there is some special meaning to this. (For those who don't know about Catholicism, there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to what priests and other members of the Catholic hierarchy wear, and why. There is actually a webforum devoted to people discussing what then-Pope Benedict was photographed wearing on public occasions and the philosophical and political implications of same). [more inside]
posted by bunky
on Jul 28, 2013 -
Non-Americans! I'm beefing up my to-read pile (especially on my kindle), and I would like suggests of Great Classics of Your National Literature that would typically be assigned in secondary school. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee
on Jul 21, 2013 -
Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
posted by EatMyHat
on Oct 15, 2012 -
What do you wish you had known before you embarked on an intercultural relationship/marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 4, 2012 -
In the wake of the Affordable Care Act being upheld, there have been a lot of (joking?) references to Americans threatening to move to Canada to avoid socialized health care. But now I'm curious: if someone were really determined to move from America to a country with no kind of universal health care for its citizens, what would the most attractive option be? [more inside]
posted by Alexander Hatchell
on Jun 29, 2012 -
I want to learn geography. Not looking for an expansive knowledge of the subject -- just basically knowing the location of all the world's countries and perhaps their capitals. This site
looks very useful but looking for any additional input mefites might have. Any suggestions?
posted by gilast
on Jun 16, 2011 -
What country or region has the strongest and most universal reputation of having the friendliest people?
posted by mnemonic
on May 1, 2011 -
Help me find this newly-published (within the last month) graph! This article/ webpage had a graph of house prices in different countries relative to income (?). The graph was interactive and had sliding bars where you could adjust for different time periods and different countries (US, UK, Switzerland, Japan, China, etc). I think I probably saw it on either BBC or NYTimes website, maybe Slate or FT. [more inside]
posted by moiraine
on Jul 15, 2010 -
I live in Australia and I have a Paypal account there with an Australian bank account attached to it. If I open a bank account in another country can I associate it to the same Paypal account? [more inside]
posted by neworder7
on Jan 25, 2010 -
I used to enjoy a podcast titled "Josh in Japan" produced by an ordinary guy living in Japan who talked about his daily experiences adjusting to Japanese culture. I am looking for other podcasts in this vein. [more inside]
posted by Piscean
on Oct 15, 2009 -
In primary/elementary schools of other countries, is it mandatory for children to sing the national anthem? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Sep 16, 2009 -
I'm looking for a randomized list of every nation state in the world, preferably in spreadsheet column form. Is there anything like this?
posted by billtron
on Jun 29, 2009 -
Anyone who has been to Australia or talked to any Australian males (sometimes females) will know they frequently call people they have never met before or even people they're angry with: "mate". What other expressions of universal male bonding are used in other countries?
posted by vizsla
on Jun 18, 2009 -
What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop? (list of countries inside) [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on May 30, 2009 -
I'm looking for statistics on web usage in developing countries...specifically I'd like to look at flash penetration and browser version usage. Does anybody know where I can find such numbers? [more inside]
posted by charmston
on Dec 5, 2008 -
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
posted by shirobara
on Dec 17, 2007 -
How do I go about writing a letter to the leader of another country in hopes of getting a signed letter or photograph back? There is [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12
on Jan 5, 2007 -
I'm looking for a source of simple outline maps of the countries of the world, showing only their shapes. Any ideas?
posted by Vidiot
on May 20, 2005 -
Some "Threat Level"
questions: do countries have a similar system? Are other countries planning to implement such a system? Also, is the American system based on an existing model? I'm not so interested in the threat aspect of it as much as I'm interested in learning where the color-coded system originated and if it's being borrowed. This version
, I'm certain, was a later iteration.
posted by josephtate
on Feb 1, 2005 -
American traffic lights used to be simply red/green, with no yellow. Are there any countries that still have red/green traffic lights?
posted by gsteff
on Nov 7, 2004 -
Round 2 - On Wednesday I posted a question
asking about living outside the US. In the responses, I got scolded for not providing enough background for people to offer good advice. Here's the original question: "I've been thinking about exposing myself and the family to the salutory benefits of living overseas (we live in the US now). The key question, of course, is where? I've heard some people speak reverently of New Zealand, but have never been there myself. Your suggestions and reasoning behind them would be welcome...
with the crucial [more inside] tag [more inside]
posted by Irontom
on Dec 19, 2003 -