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Rubbing hands together

Rubbing your hands together as an indication of anticipation. Is this gesture common to all cultures?
posted by tellurian on Jun 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Managing an Anothology Project

What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Smallish cities and ambition - can it happen?

Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on May 29, 2008 - 53 answers

Just the thought of a throat culture makes me gag

Can I train myself to tolerate throat cultures? [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss on May 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Sex is bad and work is good?

Our bodies are shameful because the Puritans told us so: Yea or Nay? [more inside]
posted by reebear on May 1, 2008 - 33 answers

Culturize Me!

I'm looking for great websites that focus on the misconceptions that modern cultures have about one another. A (hopefully) better explanation, as well as a super-deluxe bonus question inside. (Including some begging!) [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on Apr 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me find music about music!

Help me find music about music! What are some songs about music, it's culture, etc.? Songs like The VU's Rock & Roll, Joni Mitchell's Woodstock, Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, etc...
posted by zenja72 on Apr 28, 2008 - 71 answers

COPS watching kids become cops like COPS but not like cops

Help me identify this Post Modern cultural theory. Prime example: cops on the TV show COPS act differently than they normally would, since they're being filmed for TV. Kids watch COPS thinking that's what cops actually are like. Kids eventually grow up and be cops themselves, emulating cops-on-TV, not "true" cops. [more inside]
posted by nemoorange on Apr 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me find indie podcasts

Looking for off the beaten path podcasts and ways to find podcasts online. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 15, 2008 - 10 answers

How do you fake American?

How do you fake American? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Apr 10, 2008 - 66 answers

MMmmm Owwww Weee or Yarp flooop squerze?

Is Ooow Universal? If I kick a Masai warrior, Brazillian beach bum, an Eskimo or an Indonesian will the exclamation for pain be similar? What about Mmmmm? [more inside]
posted by sien on Apr 9, 2008 - 23 answers

It's because I'm brown, isn't it?

Am I reading too much into assumptions made by strangers or are they the ones at fault? [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Apr 3, 2008 - 43 answers

Good introductory books about Islam and Middle-Eastern geo-politics?

As a student of international relations, I'm trying to acquire a broad understanding of Islam and Middle-Eastern culture. I'm looking for a few books to read in my spare time that touch on these subjects. [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Apr 2, 2008 - 14 answers

Suggest some mood enhancing music

Suggest some mood enhancing music. I find music to be therapeutic, especially after a long day, when I need to keep going. An ideal example would be Frank Sinatra's "That's Life". [more inside]
posted by stashdot on Mar 23, 2008 - 26 answers

Help me find my dream urban design, community and technology job.

I've decided that I want to research / work in the development of strong, sustainable local communities using social networks, web and mobile technologies and urban design practice (particularly new urbanism). The problem is, I don't know how or where to get started in this field. [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Mar 19, 2008 - 1 answer

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

"I can has a cheeseburger?"

What is the origin and meaning of "I can has a cheeseburger?"
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Mar 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Can you identify this African Muslim tribe?

Asking for a friend: "A few years ago I saw a documentary about an African Muslim tribe. They were notable because the men cover their faces while the women do not. The only other thing I remember is that the men participate in a ceremony where they adorn themselves to the extreme (paint, beads etc) and line up for the women to chose. There is also apparently a custom where men will abduct wives from another tribe. The location might have been Mali but I'm really not sure. Can anyone identify this group?"
posted by carabiner on Mar 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Bowlers in Bolivia and Peru

There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me create a Japanese performance for a school festival.

I want to do a performance at my school's Japanese Spring festival, but I have no idea what to do! [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Mar 5, 2008 - 6 answers

How skilled are supermarket sushi chefs and are they lonely?

How skilled are supermarket sushi chefs and are they lonely? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Mar 4, 2008 - 16 answers

Life in Jackson after Eudora & Katrina

I've been considering a position in Jackson, Mississippi. The job would be fantastic and a real step-up. The folks there seem eager to have me. The problem is Mississippi. My parents and sister now live there, but pretty far south (Picayune). I live in PA and before this mostly in the Midwest. Will I fit in? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Secrets of NYC Revealed

Seeking charming and peculiar diversions in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by Scram on Mar 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Travel Writer's Guide to Iceland (in 4 days!)

Four days in Iceland from Friday: me and my girlfriend are travel writers and will eventually do a write up of the hotel, restaurants and attractions we visit. How can we best stray off the beaten path in only FOUR days? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Where to go for five months and a final breath of freedom?

I'm thinking about going on an exchange program, and am not sure how I should rank my choices. Should I spend January to June in Brisbane, Australia or Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Feb 11, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking for immersion journalism books

I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 7, 2008 - 54 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

A Freakonomics for urban sprawl: Does such a book exist?

Are there any books that take a Freakonomics like approach to explaining and analyzing urban sprawl? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Feb 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?"

Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?" [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 2, 2008 - 21 answers

Brokeback Desert

Help me convince the man I love that he doesn't have to marry someone else. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Jan 18, 2008 - 61 answers

Fluorescent flat caffeine lights / It's furious balancing

What online reads can you recommend on the subject of circadian rhythms and rituals, preferably from an anthropological and/or historical point of view? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 13, 2008 - 6 answers

A new way to look at the world...

Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 10, 2008 - 20 answers

Why does this family have that last name?

Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Jan 3, 2008 - 26 answers

The South: from King of the Hill to Real Life™ and beyond!

The South: from King of the Hill to Real Life™ and beyond. Help me sort out some questions I have on the nature of the South! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 1, 2008 - 46 answers

How do I find authors the same age as me?

Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Dec 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Is there too much culture?

Where can I find a mp3 version of Mike Figgis' "Is there too much culture?" [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Dec 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

suggest resources for budding liberal

A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
posted by chicainthecity on Dec 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Improving basic geography and cultural knowledge

I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Dec 17, 2007 - 5 answers

What is Comoros like?

What is there to see and do in Comoros? Has anyone been there? What is the social climate like? [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat on Dec 9, 2007 - 1 answer

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Life in Singapore

I'm considering applying for a maths PhD in Singapore. I'm from the UK. I'd like some thoughts on living there for an extended period. As far as I can tell there's been a certain degree of liberalization recently - any opinion on that?
posted by topynate on Nov 28, 2007 - 7 answers

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

This new sliced bread is the greatest thing since Smeckler's Powder. Maybe even better!

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread came along? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Nov 19, 2007 - 30 answers

I smoke the LA, you smoke the LA...

How can I stay up to date on the art/cultural scene in downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Nov 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Your ideas for nontraditional, off the beaten path, interesting, insightful things to do or see in or close to Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy?

What are your favorite nontraditional, nontouristy, alternative, culturally-insightful things to do in or near Venice, Florence, and Rome? I mean the deeper anthropological kind of culture, not museums, opera, etc. I'm not looking for the usual must-see tourist destinations or the things that epitomize a city. I want the fascinating little finds you accidentally stumbled on and loved, but which few or no tours would have found because they aren't "sights". If it can give me a glimpse of how contemporary Italians see the world, to appreciate a bit more what it's like to be them, that's a turbo bonus. No points off for plain old fun activities either. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Nov 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Darling, you look positively pulchritudinous. OW! No, that's a GOOD thing!

What words do you know which have a strong dissonance between their form and meaning? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell on Nov 3, 2007 - 88 answers

The Lifecycle of the Imaginary

Who has imaginary friends, and why? [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Nov 2, 2007 - 31 answers

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