I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk
on Jun 22, 2012 -
What culture(s) is the practice of putting beads or string around your beard from? (Just to clarify, I mean putting the facial hair into a 'ponytail' at the chin and then stringing the beads on.) [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand
on Jun 18, 2012 -
I live in Philadelphia. I love sculpture and art installations, but suck at finding them when they happen. Help me find RSS feeds or email services that'll tell me when cool art-type things happen nearby me! [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jun 14, 2012 -
I'm a 6'4 dude, medium build, long arms. I wear 38/36 pants and a medium tall shirt. I am a non affiliated humanist. I would like ankle to knee length clothing, loose fitting and of plain style. Complication: cultural overloads. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett
on Jun 3, 2012 -
I’m currently working on my masters in an Industrial/Occupational Psychology program. My main topic of interest will be differences in national, social, and organizational cultures. What sort of anthropological or ethnological resources or books can you recommend regarding learning how to be good participant-observer and the techniques to do so?
I’m already familiar with the works on culture from researchers such as Geert Hofestede, Edward Hall, and Fons Trompenaars.
If there are any other recommendations regarding relevant resources or texts in related fields that my compliment my studies, please let me know. My interests lie in psychology, sociology, and politics which I believe are applicable.
Thanks in advance!
posted by Che boludo!
on May 22, 2012 -
What do people outside of the U.S. do when they're feeling depressed and aimless? Are there different cultural traditions, rituals or events to pick yourself up and set a new path for yourself? Something more than "take a walk to clear your head?"
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on May 13, 2012 -
I'm interested in resources relating studies on discrimination in the United States today. I'm thinking of something along the lines of this Tim Wise post
linking to a bunch of studies, but something a little more comprehensive, recent, without links through Facebook, if possible. Am particularly interested in data along the lines Wise mentions, about contemporary discrimination against African Americans in housing, employment, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
posted by ibmcginty
on May 2, 2012 -
Curb Your Enthusiasm Filter: Which episodes, out of all eight seasons, best epitomizes Larry's (NYC) culture clash with life in L.A.?
My suspicion is that it's "The Shrimp Incident" from Season 2, but perhaps there is a better exemplar.
posted by rudster
on Apr 24, 2012 -
Why is weird stuff growing in my flasks of 1% tryptone broth after I've autoclaved them to mix and sterilize the broth? [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Apr 23, 2012 -
When children's books first became inexpensive enough for average parents to buy, were they looked down upon as a technology which limits a child's imagination? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle
on Apr 7, 2012 -
I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Apr 4, 2012 -
What are the best blogs, online periodicals, or discussion groups that address the history and consumption of food in an intelligent and critical way? (In other words, not just a place to swap recipes.) I would love to know where people find the most engaging ideas about food.
posted by tnygard
on Mar 17, 2012 -
I've always prided myself on being tough and low-maintenance; how can I become more demanding?
posted by anonymous
on Mar 16, 2012 -
In Iraqi culture, does any whole number between 20 and 50 have special significance or associations (positive or negative)?
posted by kalapierson
on Mar 10, 2012 -
Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it?
I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate
on Mar 8, 2012 -
How and when did manicure rituals begin? I understand anyone might want to trim their nails, but I mean the rest of it.
posted by MidSouthern Mouth
on Feb 25, 2012 -
What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
posted by Artaud
on Feb 20, 2012 -
Has anyone ever been in a relationship with someone from another culture? How do you get over some of the fundamental differences in world views? [more inside]
posted by northxnorthwest
on Feb 16, 2012 -
To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0
on Feb 14, 2012 -
A quote from a recent NYT article about American-invented Chinese takeout boxes
states, "The structure has come to represent the idea of Eastern cuisine in Western society even though this packaging is not used for food containment in Chinese culture." Is there a term for these kinds of cultural placeholders, objects which end up symbolizing another culture, while not actually having anything to do with that culture in reality? Are there other examples of this?
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jan 15, 2012 -
In watching Azumanga Daioh (anime) and in comments here and around the web, there seems to be a trope or expectation or whatever you would call it that Japanese people are actually afraid of foreigners.
Is that accurate? If so, why is that?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Jan 14, 2012 -
We live in a remix culture. What does that mean for us? I'm interested in how electronic music has changed society's relationship to music, from both a musical performance and writing standpoint, and a cultural standpoint. [more inside]
posted by baniak
on Jan 6, 2012 -
of 'Departure' by Crystal Stilts seems to be comprised completely of documentary footage from the May '68 student uprising in Paris. However, there are a few shots in the video that are almost too 'perfect', specifically shots 4, 5 and 7, and I am wondering if they are in fact taken from a movie made at the time. If so, what film would that be? For some inexplicable reason I really need to know this.
posted by Phlegmco(tm)
on Dec 27, 2011 -
Cross-cultural daters, how different is flirting across (very distinct) cultures? Please tell me about your experiences with
flirt shock. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count
on Dec 22, 2011 -
In the past Fimoculous
has aggregated year-end "best of" lists for many different aspects of culture, such as music, movies, architecture, games, websites, you name it. According to his Twitter feed
, though, he's done with this practice. So how to fill the void? What's your year-end-list aggregator of choice?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Mediterranean Getaway for New Year's Weekend? Morocco or Barcelona or Istanbul or Athens or... argh! [more inside]
posted by rokusan
on Dec 8, 2011 -
I'm looking for data on public opinion varying across countries, particularly from folks who claim the same affiliation-- say, "progressive", or "socialist"-- but turn out to believe different things depending on the country they're living in. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty
on Dec 5, 2011 -
My husband has been offered an excellent new jon in Wales. We are from Minneapolis, MN. I am curious: what does it mean to be from/live in Wales?
posted by anonymous
on Dec 4, 2011 -
F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Nov 28, 2011 -
I'm in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. What are some fun activities and places I can visit? Also where can I shop for cheap, good quality clothing? [more inside]
posted by naskar
on Nov 23, 2011 -
and I would like to go to New Orleans, LA in March, 2012. We're fairly laid back and not huge into the tourism craziness that I tend to associate with NOLA. It is possible to go to The Big Easy and, well, have a chill time? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Nov 18, 2011 -