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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

Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ?

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 - 27 answers

How to learn about pizzelle

I need authoritative sources on the history of and traditions involving pizzelle. [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Aug 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Clueless about Canada, seeking info on Toronto.

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 - 43 answers

Pleasing the sweet lad from Scotland

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 - 42 answers

Is it considered a breach of protocol or courtesy to wear a thobe if you're not an Arab?

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 - 9 answers

Books about nomads?

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 - 13 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Practical ways to gain a little more knowledge about a range of things.

What are these kinds of "smarts" called, and how can I help my friend get more of it? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear on Jul 7, 2006 - 26 answers

Falemenderit Shume!

Albania - where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Jun 19, 2006 - 4 answers

From banned to boring.

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 - 62 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Give me your modals, your prepositions, your phrasal verbs yearning to breathe free

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 - 2 answers

Why do people make a lucky cigarette in their packs of cigarettes?

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 - 39 answers

Can a 46 year old female survive a move to the left coast?

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 - 23 answers

What does "<3" mean?

What does "<3" mean? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on May 12, 2006 - 53 answers

Aural pleasure?

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 - 16 answers

Newscasters mimicking bearded dragons?

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 - 17 answers

Hopefully this question isn't too crass of me to ask...

1 month chinese baby celebration question. [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Apr 28, 2006 - 7 answers

Dadaist Organic Urban Idealism?

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 - 10 answers

Culture and Mental Illness?

Where can I find out more about superstitious beliefs and mental illness on a more global level? [more inside]
posted by Dance Commander on Apr 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Culture and begging in America - is there a connection?

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 - 13 answers

Best food from every culture

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 - 58 answers

Is there a site that will give you daily chunks of knowledge -- particularly science and history?

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 - 11 answers

Hold the door!

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 - 39 answers

Is it PC to be a fan of another culture?

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 - 29 answers

Help me understand the anti-progress crowd.

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 - 72 answers

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