What countries/empires -- current or historical -- cross entire mountain ranges and successfully control the territory on either side of them? Such as the United States and Canada and the Roman Empire. Countries with borders in the mountains, like Italy in the Alps, do not count, nor do countries IN a mountain range, like Switzerland. Also interested in WHY some countries manage it and others don't. [more inside]
How far does genealogy go back in different countries/cultures? [more inside]
I want to get a firmer grasp of the English-speaking countries history. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
What do you wish you had known before you embarked on an intercultural relationship/marriage? [more inside]
Trying to make plans for my future: what country should we live in? [more inside]
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]
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?
What country or region has the strongest and most universal reputation of having the friendliest people?
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]
Why do we rename countries in our native language? [more inside]
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]
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]
In primary/elementary schools of other countries, is it mandatory for children to sing the national anthem? [more inside]
Which countries are easiest for a US citizen to move to permanently? [more inside]
I'm looking for a randomized list of every nation state in the world, preferably in spreadsheet column form. Is there anything like this?
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?
What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop? (list of countries inside) [more inside]
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]
How many different countries could you visit in 24 hours? [more inside]
Safe Places to live/stay for the coming New World Order. [more inside]
If you could move to any place in the world where would you go to and why? [more inside]
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
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]
Do non-European people know where the Netherlands are? [more inside]
I'm looking for a source of simple outline maps of the countries of the world, showing only their shapes. Any ideas?
What do they put as your country of birth if that country no longer exists? [More inside.] [more inside]
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.
American traffic lights used to be simply red/green, with no yellow. Are there any countries that still have red/green traffic lights?
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...
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