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Best of New Orleans

A friend and I are taking a short trip (about 3 days) to New Orleans. We're staying near the French Quarter, access to buses and bikes. Where should we go, what should we do? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 8, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Help me come up with Pop Culture ways of saying goodbye

I was thinking last night that I would would like to start being cooler. One way I have came up with is by using some really cool parting words when leaving work or groups of friends (hopefully I can get some with this new "cool" plan). Some phrases that I came up with were "Stay gold Ponyboy" and "Be Excellent to each other". Now wouldn't I be cool? But that won't get me very far down the road. What are some other awesome Pop Culture phrases I can use to leave a cool impression on people?
posted by kenaldo on Feb 20, 2014 - 68 answers

Coffee in Italy Question

A friend just moved to Italy and has mentioned that almost all of the cafes in Milan and Rome now serve a product called Caffe al Ginseng (coffee with ginseng). Given Italy's status as one of the authentic and original coffee cultures, I was surprised to hear about the seaming popularity on this new offering. Can anyone shed some light on this coffee type? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Jan 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Can you help me understand this sign of mourning I saw in Honduras?

When I was living in Honduras, I noticed that when a person died, the family would hang up a large piece of black fabric outside of their house or in their window. This banner would be cut into a shape that reminded me of a bow tie. This might be a long shot, but does anyone know what the history is behind this tradition? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Nov 16, 2013 - 7 answers

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I improve my writing?

My writing tends to be very brief, and it's difficult for me to write long essays that are good. Also, I would like to start writing literary and cultural critiques and would like MeFites' advice. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Miley twerking?! MeFiNK needs a regular pop-culture schooling.

MeFite, No Kids here. Where do I dedicate 15 minutes a day on the internets toward study of what's fresh, even if it's stupid? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

Religious pilgramages united India prior to British rule?

I read an article a few months ago that challenged the idea that British colonization united and created the country of India. Instead it suggested that religious pilgrimages to holy sites across vast distances prior to British rule created a cultural cohesiveness prior to any British involvement. Now I can't find it! I am pretty sure it was on reddit but I can't find it. Please help!
posted by j03 on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Age-Gap Relationships in Europe

I just finished watching Fat Girl (2001) [French: À ma soeur!], I'm currently reading A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray and I previously read and watched An Education. In every one of those films and/or books, an early teen (e.g. In A Certain Age the girl is 14.) has a boyfriend that is at least in his late twenties. In each case, the mother doesn't seem to mind, the father is only a bit annoyed and the man is even allowed to come to the house for dinner. Are these open age-gap relationships anomalies or are they common in Europe?
posted by lrnarabic on Aug 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Where can I find reactions to the original Godzilla?

How did audiences in Japan 9 years out of WW2 react to the extensive use of war-imagery in the original 1954 Godzilla? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Why did my carrot juice turn into eggwhite?

Gross but I must ask -- FOR SCIENCE. What creature IS this in my homemade juice? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on May 26, 2013 - 4 answers

HIST490: Contemporary History of Haiti from Ask.Metafilter

In a few weeks, I'll be going to Haiti, specifically the Northern region, for a couple months to work for a NGO. While I've worked and lived in other lesser developed countries and have briefly spoken to co-workers living there, I haven't been to Haiti before and I'd like to have a greater, more nuanced understanding of Haitian cultures and recent history before I arrive. I'm looking for short novels, recommended blogs, or articles - pieces on Haiti would be great posts on Metafilter (I've already read past ones on here) that give me a deeper understanding of Haitian cultures and recent political history.
posted by fizzix on Apr 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Help make me literate like an engineer

So people like to name-drop authors and works that those who went to university and/or have a curiosity about the world should know as part of the basic vocabulary of being an educated Westerner. For example, "Kant" or "Dickensian", or "Gertrude Stein". I would like to learn this stuff, please. [more inside]
posted by grahamsletter on Mar 20, 2013 - 34 answers

What's so awesome about Korean stuff?

I'm interested in Korean pop culture: K-pop, K-drama, K-film. I've seen previous questions about specific recommendations if music and movies. I am checking those out. There is so much material, I'm trying to get a broader perspective. [more inside]
posted by gimletbiggles on Mar 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Angelino Assistance Needed!

Recommend me some stuff to do in Los Angeles in January! [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Jan 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Birmingham on Christmas Day: options?

Birmingham, England. Christmas Day. Is *anything* open at all? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Objects you'd find in a 1999 office?

Think of an office or cubicle in the United States around 1999, particularly in tech/IT companies. What kinds of objects would you see there which are less common now? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 1, 2012 - 92 answers

which bouquet to bring?

Asking for a friend. A coworkers wife has been diagnosed stage IV brain cancer. They are East Indian. We would like to bring flowers to their home. Does anyone know if certain flowers have special meaning culturally and / or are there flowers to avoid? Thank you.
posted by jennstra on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Cultural Center

Where's the scene? [more inside]
posted by skwint on Oct 26, 2012 - 24 answers

What is this crazy little thing called Twitter?

I have tried to figure out Twitter on my own for over a year. I still don't get it. I googled articles. I emailed people and asked questions. I paid attention when it came up in conversation in online forums. I finally screwed up my courage and set up an account, even though I didn't know how to use it. At some point, I asked someone I met in person about it. But I am still doing it Rong. So Rong in fact that I just stopped bothering to try. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 21, 2012 - 56 answers

How do I tell my parents that I'm not having sex?

I have no idea how to talk to normal people about my not-normal relationship, particularly when it comes to parents. At what point does it become strange? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Sep 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Third world woman needs consciousness raised

Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini on Aug 22, 2012 - 31 answers

She's full of seeeeeecrets

I've recently been watching Twin Peaks again, and I've been wondering... to people who actually watched it air in its original run, what was it like seeing something like this on TV? Did you have watching parties that I've heard so much about? Was the reveal of the killer and the twists and turns along the way surprising? Did you watch until the end of the second season, and were you disappointed when it got the plug pulled on it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 3, 2012 - 66 answers

Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S.

Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch on Jun 30, 2012 - 16 answers

All Philly in a Day

[PhillyFilter] You have a day to explore the city. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jun 25, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm looking for the Peter Hessler of the TCK world.

I am looking for memoirs written by Americans who grew up overseas. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated

What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Help with self-identification

Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it? I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Is the name Jesus popular in languages beside Spanish?

Is the name Jesus popular in other languages besides Spanish?
posted by ivan.santiesteban on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

This just in "Zombie attacks mayor and eats town mascot"

I have to go to Dothan, AL for a few days for work. What should I not do? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Feb 6, 2012 - 18 answers

What does the word "abstract" mean?

What does the word "abstract" mean? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Sometimes an oontz is just an oontz

We live in a remix culture. What does that mean for us? I'm interested in how electronic music has changed society's relationship to music, from both a musical performance and writing standpoint, and a cultural standpoint. [more inside]
posted by baniak on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What specifically is wrong / bad about skeletons in Chinese culture?

Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

A small question concerning a music video.

This video of 'Departure' by Crystal Stilts seems to be comprised completely of documentary footage from the May '68 student uprising in Paris. However, there are a few shots in the video that are almost too 'perfect', specifically shots 4, 5 and 7, and I am wondering if they are in fact taken from a movie made at the time. If so, what film would that be? For some inexplicable reason I really need to know this.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) on Dec 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Searching for fun ways to keep up with French language

I'm fairly fluent in French and would like fun ideas for keeping up with the language. [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 6, 2011 - 22 answers

Amazing Adventures - You know, for kids.

Rocket Boys? Kavalier and Clay? All Our Yesterdays... [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Forget old aquaintence...

When did New Year's Day become an official U.S. holiday? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 9, 2011 - 4 answers

I Vahnt to be Ahlone

Female introverts in popular culture? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 14, 2011 - 52 answers

"I think I got half of it, which got me through the half I didn't." "Like the first season of The Wire."

What are the pop culture references cited in Season 1 of the TV show Community? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Feb 18, 2011 - 16 answers

I need to find sources for my Croatian roots.

My husband and I are both a quarter Croatian. Both our respective families hail from around Dubrovnic, on the Dalmatian coast. Being from such diverse backgrounds, we appreciate this cultural heritage that we share in common. As such, we would very much like to be put into contact people who can provide us with fabrics, traditional musics, religious traditions and the like. [more inside]
posted by msali on Feb 13, 2011 - 10 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Train me please

So what does "train-the-trainer" really mean anyway? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jan 6, 2011 - 23 answers

Ouagadougou or Bust.

One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 24, 2010 - 13 answers

Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Am I Hispanic or Latino?

I am looking for work and have a question. When it comes to which race box to choose. My father was born and raised in Panama, [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Nov 5, 2010 - 19 answers

Burqas against Beck

Halloween Filter: Can I wear my hijab for a costume? (As a statement that HEY MUSLIMS AREN'T SCARY?) Special politically-correct snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Oct 29, 2010 - 39 answers

Cockroaches as wedding gifts?

Are there any cultures that give two live cockroaches as wedding gifts? [more inside]
posted by prairiecatherine on Oct 5, 2010 - 7 answers

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