Am I reading too much into assumptions made by strangers or are they the ones at fault? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
What is the origin and meaning of "I can has a cheeseburger?"
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?"
There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru. [more inside]
I want to do a performance at my school's Japanese Spring festival, but I have no idea what to do! [more inside]
How skilled are supermarket sushi chefs and are they lonely? [more inside]
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]
Seeking charming and peculiar diversions in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
Are there any books that take a Freakonomics like approach to explaining and analyzing urban sprawl? [more inside]
Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?" [more inside]
Help me convince the man I love that he doesn't have to marry someone else. [more inside]
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]
Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal? [more inside]
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]
Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
Where can I find a mp3 version of Mike Figgis' "Is there too much culture?" [more inside]
Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
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.
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
What is there to see and do in Comoros? Has anyone been there? What is the social climate like? [more inside]
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]
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?
Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
Books about Burma? [more inside]
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread came along? [more inside]
How can I stay up to date on the art/cultural scene in downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
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]
What words do you know which have a strong dissonance between their form and meaning? [more inside]
Who has imaginary friends, and why? [more inside]
Why were there more black experts in 1980's "Free to Choose" than there typically are in today's TV?
When watching Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose" (PBS, 1980), I was (pleasantly) surprised at the high number of black experts (and women) who were guests in the show. Not the usually array of exclusively old, white guys one would have expected. [more inside]
The Seattle Freeze: What am I getting myself into? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a common Italian surname? [more inside]
What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
How can I find out the dates of the upcoming 2007 Yuba City Sikh parade/festival? As some of you may know, this is the largest gathering of Sikh people outside of India/Pakistan, and many tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of people come from all over the US to eat the amazing free food, see the floats, and generally have a great time. Non-Sikhs are invited, and I want to go, but can't find the date anywhere.
What is the origin of the phrase "Local Boy Makes Good"? I Googled it and see that it was a Mervyn LeRoy movie from 1931, so it's at least that old.
Which aspects of everyday life for Samuel Johnson or Benjamin Franklin have now essentially vanished from the world? [more inside]
Moving to Munich: Help me connect with the German subculture [more inside]
Pop culture having an influence on the wine industry/wine consumers? [more inside]
culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
My most frivolous AskMe ever: OK you Smarty McSmartertons... Where did that type of "name" start. You know... "Mister Blanky McBlankerton." Our upstairs neighbor was bring heavy-footed yesterday, and I was talking to my daughter about it. I referred to him as "Mister Stompy McStomperton." I've heard that kind of thing more and more lately. Where did it originate? [more inside]
I want to go to Singapore. I dont know anything about Singapore. I want to experience Singapore. What is there to do? I'm 18 years old. [more inside]