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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

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]
posted by The Toad on Oct 27, 2007 - 9 answers

What am I getting myself into?

The Seattle Freeze: What am I getting myself into? [more inside]
posted by vitrum on Oct 12, 2007 - 22 answers

Et Tu, Bompensiero

Is there such a thing as a common Italian surname? [more inside]
posted by yalestar on Oct 11, 2007 - 29 answers

Social Entreprenuership in Print

What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

whence the yuba city sikh parade?

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.
posted by luriete on Oct 6, 2007 - 8 answers

Origina of "Local Boy Makes Good"

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.
posted by abbyladybug on Sep 11, 2007 - 4 answers

When the past isn't even a foreign country

Which aspects of everyday life for Samuel Johnson or Benjamin Franklin have now essentially vanished from the world? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Sep 10, 2007 - 54 answers

Moving to Munich

Moving to Munich: Help me connect with the German subculture [more inside]
posted by ubersturm on Sep 4, 2007 - 10 answers

I prefer Syrah over both

Pop culture having an influence on the wine industry/wine consumers? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Sep 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Turkish men kissing?

culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 31, 2007 - 16 answers

Mister Blankey McBlankerton

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]
posted by The Deej on Aug 30, 2007 - 48 answers

Singapore: What should I do?

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]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Aug 28, 2007 - 15 answers

How can I host a digital archive?

Online digital archive: Is it realistic to consider using the Internet Archive for distributing archived digital media or do we need to build it from the ground up? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Aug 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Why do some Japanese TV shows use difficult English phrases instead of Japanese ones?

How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Aug 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Local living in South Africa

SouthAfricaFilter: Do you / have you lived in ZA? I've recently moved here and I have questions. Also, general questions on cell phone usage across the continent... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Lion Cuts = Cruelty??

I was looking for a cat groomer on Yelp today and was struck by the comments: only place that will do lion cuts in the city, most places won't shave cats, please don't shave your cat, etc. I realized that I've seen this sentiment quite often on the interwebs... [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Aug 22, 2007 - 27 answers

How do you prefer to find out what's on?

What are the best sites to find out what cool things are happening locally? [more inside]
posted by creeky on Aug 21, 2007 - 18 answers

Why did black audiences watch "Boy Meets World"?

Why was "Boy Meets World" popular among black audiences? [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Aug 13, 2007 - 19 answers

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

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