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Big Mac Chutney? Curried lutefisk?

What are some foods that come from one country, but seem (by their ingredients, preparation, or other qualities) to come from somewhere completely different? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger on Aug 13, 2007 - 33 answers

The end is here

It's over! Finished! All done!! And I need the audio clips to prove it..... [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Aug 10, 2007 - 24 answers

What makes Albany, NY a cool place to live?

What makes Albany, NY a cool place to live? I recently accepted a job that's going to take me there in a few months, and I must admit, I know next to nothing about the place. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Aug 2, 2007 - 30 answers

How is 3m Scotch tape used as a drug?

3m scotch tape?? When I was in high school, and a bong head, we would shop for drug paraphernalia at a small shop on 8th street in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2007 - 9 answers

NYC Non Schmucking.

How do I act like a New Yorker? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Jul 26, 2007 - 100 answers

Is there life after 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'?

In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 19, 2007 - 43 answers

Eat it, Philippoussis

Where can I meet older women? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Jul 3, 2007 - 39 answers

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that had/has no form of music ?

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that has/had no form of music ? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jun 19, 2007 - 18 answers

Best arts newsletters?

What are the best arts/culture newsletters for Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Timbuktu...? [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. on Jun 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Crowdsourcing holiday fireworks?

On holidays in your part of the world, do people gather to do mass-launchings of small fireworks? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on May 22, 2007 - 31 answers


What would Rudy Giuliani Do? I'm looking for any sorts of guides that explain the culture/life/upbringing of Rudy Giuliani, specifically in regards to the life of a Italian, Catholic, New Yorker. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on May 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Inventory of urban music scenes from around the world

I need help identifying unique, urban music scenes from around the world for a radio program I'm hosting. [more inside]
posted by concourse on May 12, 2007 - 24 answers

Vis a Vis Living in the Triangle

North Carolinian MeFites: Please fill me in on the treasures of the Raleigh-Durham area in preparation for a visit . . . [more inside]
posted by spitbull on May 9, 2007 - 31 answers

Travelling in Central Asia

Central Asia trip late May - early June. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on May 7, 2007 - 5 answers


I took a photo of this doll when I was on holiday in Japan (because it's the spitting image of someone I know). What is it? Where can I find more information/photos/videos anything?
posted by lemonfridge on May 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Are farts universally funny?

Are farts universally funny? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman on Apr 29, 2007 - 57 answers

Good conversations (often about culture, politics) in other countries?

When vacationing in a new country for a few weeks, what are the best ways to find interesting, thoughtful people with whom to have conversations (including but not exclusively about that country's culture, politics, etc.)? Would you recommend some kind of volunteer or more organized cultural learning expedition to serve this aim?
posted by Malad on Mar 24, 2007 - 8 answers

The "little gems" of Seattle.

The "little gems" of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Mar 5, 2007 - 34 answers

Encouraging civic responsibility on-line

I'm looking for good examples of how a newspaper's reader discussion forum should be managed. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on Mar 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Annyong ha shimnikka

Does anyone know how to make the smell of kimchi (a Korean dish: fermented, spicy cabbage) less offending for those who are not eating it? [more inside]
posted by somersault on Feb 26, 2007 - 18 answers

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture?

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Feb 21, 2007 - 30 answers

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness?

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness? That is, what books are most frequently alluded to or drawn from in popular culture and daily life? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Jan 30, 2007 - 74 answers

I want my Recherche!

Cool NYC libraries, foreign language books in NYC & availability of book borrowing to foreign people in NYC libraries. (mi) [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Jan 27, 2007 - 12 answers

When vous becomes tu

In languages which use different pronouns to distinguish 'you' (close, informal, equal) and 'you' (distant, formal, hierarchical), how is a shift between the two handled? [more inside]
posted by reynir on Jan 27, 2007 - 50 answers

Arabic aliens? Gollum in Gaelic?

Recently I've been fascinated with the way a good actor doing good voice acting can convey a very specific character in movies or video games. (This may seem dumb, but the Demonhunter Illidan in WarCraft III has a particularly memorable voice). What I'm really wondering about, though, is the fact that all the examples of really effective, specific voice acting seem to be English-based. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Dec 25, 2006 - 11 answers

A Persian in Peru

I just finished an excellent book-- An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie-- which details an Togolese man's interactions with the Inuit. I was wondering if anyone could recommend other books which are one non-Western culture's take on another. (To me, at least, the more apparently unrelated the two cultures the better.)
posted by bethm on Dec 24, 2006 - 8 answers

What are the key culture changes between UK and US Universities?

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 - 17 answers

Why was a bus loads of Swedish teens dressed in drag? And another as cheerleaders?

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 - 5 answers

What are the great arts websites?

Is there a Flickr for culture and the arts? What about a Wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Nov 29, 2006 - 5 answers

How old is the idea of time travel?

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 - 13 answers

[japanese] ... flying knee! ... [japanese] ... why not say "flying knee" in japanese?

Why the random English words used in asian language programming? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 answers

post-imperial nationalism

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 - 10 answers

Save me from Disney

How to introduce a little kid to grown-up movies? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Nov 11, 2006 - 44 answers

Culturally Clueless!

What's a culturally appropriate gift to give my fiancee's Iranian parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2006 - 7 answers

Three weeks on a shoestring flying out of NYC - where should we go?

Three weeks on a shoestring flying out of NYC - where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Jujee on Oct 19, 2006 - 11 answers

More info about Greco-Buddhism?

More information about Greco-Buddhists? [more inside]
posted by empath on Oct 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Books on Native Americans

Looking for advice on some good books about Native American Indians. [more inside]
posted by heylight on Oct 2, 2006 - 12 answers

A slice of Japan in London

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 - 8 answers

Finding Old Email

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 - 5 answers

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"?

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Sep 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Has anyone never heard of the Beatles?

What percent of US citizens have never heard of the Beatles? [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Sep 6, 2006 - 37 answers

Looking for songs related to tea in different cultures?

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 - 9 answers

My vocabulary is large, it contains multitudes

LanguageArts: to the bilingual (or more) people in the hive... [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Sep 5, 2006 - 24 answers

Here Comes Everybody!

Have you read Finnegan's Wake? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by josh on Aug 31, 2006 - 20 answers

Calling all anthropologists!

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 - 9 answers

Help me nourish my brain.

Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Aug 23, 2006 - 38 answers

Non-sectarian op-ed: it's right to avoid blasphemy

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 - 3 answers

Fine Dining in Berlin

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 - 2 answers

Any advice for a first-year Harvard man

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 - 35 answers

Finding Fun in the D.R.

Dominican Republic travel in early September... [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 on Aug 11, 2006 - 7 answers

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