I've got the opportunity to do an American Exchange next Autumn from my UK University for about 15 weeks. What are the key culture changes that I'll experience? Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by philsi
on Dec 11, 2006 -
While I was in Stockholm, Sweden this past August, I witnessed an odd youth event at a park. Can someone please help me figure out what event it was? [more inside]
posted by muddgirl
on Dec 5, 2006 -
Wikipedia posits the mid- to late-1800s as the time when we first started seeing time travel in literature. Are there older examples? Is there an analog from antiquity -- some similar concept articulated in an ancient culture or mythology? A folk tale?
posted by blueshammer
on Nov 20, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend reputable academic sources on the repression of local national culture in Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova during the era of Communist rule by dominant 'imperial' nations Serbia and Russia respectively, and the resurgence of nationalism in these countries after the fall of Communism and breakup of these empires? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller
on Nov 13, 2006 -
What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke
booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively
Japanese produce.... What's out there?
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 1, 2006 -
Help me find an old insightful email commentary (one that did the rounds on email) on the chauvinism of American network coverage of the Olympics in mid-90s. [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Sep 27, 2006 -
I am looking for music or songs associated with tea/ tea ceremonies in various cultures, specifically India, Japan, China, North Africa, the UK & Ireland, but can certainly include any other tea cultures. Anyone know of any informative links or books?
posted by rubyeyo
on Sep 6, 2006 -
What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
posted by heylight
on Aug 29, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo
on Aug 23, 2006 -
An op-ed piece argued that it feels right to avoid blasphemy in general conversation even while agreeing that our old blasphemy laws are a bad idea and unconstitutional. This was several years ago, in a secular publication, not written by clergy, and not specifically sectarian. It definitely did not focus on Islam. Any recollection of this? Thanks.
posted by Dave 9
on Aug 22, 2006 -
Oh hivemind, where would you send a group of very traditional, distinguished, discriminating eaters for a classy dinner in Berlin? Bonus points for a highly cultural venue that offers historical atmosphere or sophisticated entertainment while dining. The folks in question will be staying at the Hotel Palace. Thank you!
posted by clever sheep
on Aug 17, 2006 -
I have a nephew who will be attending Harvard this fall. Any advice for one who was raised on a farm in a small farm town to ease transition. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah
on Aug 11, 2006 -
Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ? [more inside]
posted by babyguru
on Aug 8, 2006 -
I need authoritative sources on the history of and traditions involving pizzelle. [more inside]
posted by Airhen
on Aug 7, 2006 -
Torontoites: tell me what it's like to live in your city. What do you love/hate about it? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by hazelshade
on Jul 26, 2006 -
How to woo a Scottish/Irish boy.. are there tricks or sexual customs I should know? What is he used to from the local girls? [more inside]
posted by cior
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Is it considered a breach of protocol or courtesy to wear a thobe if you're not an Arab?
posted by arimathea
on Jul 18, 2006 -
I have an idle craving for knowledge. Specifically, I'd like to read some books about nomadic cultures - the Bedouin, Mongolian, Gypsies, Train-riding... any group really. Any suggestions?
posted by deadtrouble
on Jul 13, 2006 -
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 -