What are some songs that were shocking or sensational when they first came out - even got banned from radio play - which are now considered so humdrum that they're played on "easy listening" or "soft rock" or perhaps even "family safe" stations?
posted by dmd
on Jun 19, 2006 -
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jun 2, 2006 -
How did the ritual of inverting a single cigarette in a fresh pack of cigarettes start? Was there some cultural reason, or a simple good luck charm?
posted by nibaq
on May 31, 2006 -
Culture shock, loneliness or a whole new adventure? I am considering a move from Central New Jersey to Thousand Oaks , California for a great job opportunity. I am a divorced 46 year old female. My mother and one brother live within 2 hours of the new location. My boyfriend and I broke up 2 months ago, I have lived in NJ for decades, I have long time friends here, prefer intellectual versus athletic pursuits, like witty sarcasm, and worry that it is difficult to make friends at this age/stage. Wondering if that is a deal breaker (I am quite shy). Any advice, thoughts on the culture out there?
posted by artemis
on May 29, 2006 -
Is there a good online resource for lectures on .mp3? Particularly in fields (soooo mefi) of liberal arts, psychoanalysis, culture, internet and politics. Oh and my girlfriend (yeah right) wonders if theres any fashion/Jane Austen stuff out there? Please help me find something interesting for a long car journey!
posted by you're only jung once
on May 9, 2006 -
It seems like all local TV news anchors have that goofy habit of bobbing their head up and down, to and fro, while they're talking, as if to punctuate the text they're reading. Is this something they are taught in broadcast journalism school, or just an unspoken convention?
posted by yalestar
on May 6, 2006 -
I'm having trouble tracking down information about a movement in Dada-ist Art
I heard about a few years ago. From what I remember Dadaist idealism inspired a group of artists to contemplate the organic development of urban environments. Art, using the defined structure of the city, to reflect the chaotic order which arises from nature.
Did this century old
movement exist or has my brain made it up?
posted by 0bvious
on Apr 26, 2006 -
More American urban sociology:
I live in a city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. How come the only people I ever see begging for spare change are either white or black? Why do I never see asians or hispanics begging? Is this a real cultural phenomenon, or am I just making false conclusions based on a too-small sample size? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid
on Apr 21, 2006 -
What is the best food dish (speciality) out of every culture? I've decided to try at least one thing from as many cultures as I can think of and find an authentic meal for each. For example, I know nothing about Korean, German, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Portuguese, or Irish food - any suggestions there? Thanks!
posted by agregoli
on Apr 8, 2006 -
A coworker is interested in broadening her general knowledge with an emphasis in History and Science. So, she's looking for a site she can set to be her home page where she can get bite sized chunks of interesting information (like 5 to 15 minutes at a time). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Apr 4, 2006 -
Social-convention filter: Why do I feel obliged to hold the door open for women but they do not for me? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster
on Apr 3, 2006 -
When someone is an extreme fan of a particular group or culture, is it "politically correct" to be so, and how do the people being so admired feel about their admirer? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul
on Mar 29, 2006 -
While I'm certainly have empathy with those who are critical of uber-consumer capitalism, I cringe when I hear people glorify the past or "primitive" cultures. (more...) [more inside]
posted by tom_g
on Mar 23, 2006 -
I know many people who don't live in houses but in apartments - empty nesters, young couples with or without children. However, if you were to base your idea of Americans' residences solely on television shows, it would seem that absolutely everybody lives in a house. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Mar 21, 2006 -
At what point in time did computers go from being something the nerds used to something all the cool kids used? I'm asking specifically about high school age and below. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Mar 17, 2006 -
Help us party like it's 1974! A friend is throwing a 1974 party (she was born in that year) and my partner and I would like to bring a gift to the party relevant to that year. We've already drawn up an extensive list of '74 references (see inside) but are really missing out on ideas for food and drink. [more inside]
posted by unclemonty
on Mar 15, 2006 -
Does the re-purposing of the word "Nazi" in U.S. culture in recent years to mean generic-overzealous-rule-enforcement
instead of Homicidal-Socialist-German-Workers-Party
detract from the horror of the Holocaust and the other crimes perpetrated by actual Nazis?
Is the "Soup Nazi"-type usage of the word "Nazi" taking away the power of the word? If so, is that the right thing to do?
Is it causing greater estrangement in cultural relationships between the U.S. and Europeans?
How is the word "Nazi" used in your community/workplace/social circles? [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian
on Mar 11, 2006 -
A friend of mine (from the U.S.) is marrying a woman from the Ukraine in a month or so. His mother is throwing her a bridal shower in the States and I'd like to make her feel welcome... [more inside]
posted by absquatulate
on Mar 10, 2006 -
I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand.
Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier?
German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together?
As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
posted by BritishBestMan
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Anyone know when the Vienna Opera announces their 2006/2007 season? And when do tickets go on sale?
posted by agropyron
on Feb 23, 2006 -
Is it OK to read girls shorts that have a word or two in big letters across the butt? [more inside]
posted by BruceL
on Feb 22, 2006 -
Jaded Combatants:-What price the health of our civil servants, army, police, and emergency personnel? [more inside]
posted by Wilder
on Feb 18, 2006 -
We're big in our home country filter - I'm looking for bands that are famous back home, but not well known internationally. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Through circumstances semi-within and semi-without of my control, I may find myself moving to Phoenix, AZ soon. Am I gonna hate it? Alt-culture / mass transit / theatre . . . . do these things exist in Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by Zendogg
on Feb 8, 2006 -
could this country withstand a woodstock today? what would be the public reaction? how about law enforcement and government officials?
posted by brandz
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Are there any decent cross-cultural studies on the psychological effects of poverty out there? [more inside]
posted by saysthis
on Feb 1, 2006 -
Have we hit a low point for music at this time in history? Or is it that the great music which is out there is just not that popular? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Jan 19, 2006 -
Do people who might typically be considered physically unattractive think that they are indeed physically unattractive?
posted by tegoo
on Jan 5, 2006 -
In the U.S., we get all caught up in the decisions that adult women make and the consequences of those decisions. (To have children, not to have children, to work, to stay home with the children, not to work, to marry, to have children without marrying, etc.) Are there similar convulsions about these cultural issues in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones? How can I learn about them? I'm curious both about how women's roles in in their societies are changing and about how those societies are reacting to the changes.
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers
posted by ibeji
on Nov 29, 2005 -
Why are bidets so uncommon in the US? No, really, why?
posted by arakasi
on Nov 8, 2005 -
Does anyone know why every funeral home I see has a sign with a clock and weather info on it? I was curious about this after noticing it during a cross country drive in Canada. Is there some history or tradition to this?
posted by bryce.clarke
on Oct 31, 2005 -