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Help us have a Wales of a time in Cardiff.

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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 - 41 answers

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

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 - 4 answers

Fun things in Wimbledon

What's fun to do in Wimbledon? [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Nov 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Fun activities and clothes shopping in Malaysia?

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 - 11 answers

What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?

Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2011 - 51 answers

Can two pseudo introverts have a good time in NOLA?

My husband 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 - 30 answers

Best.Question.Ever.

Good news everyone! I'm wasting an Ask on the term for hearing things in Professor Farnsworth's voice. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Nov 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Info about Tattoo Culture?

I'm going to be getting a tattoo or two within the next few months. However, I'm also going to Japan at some point next year to live there for 2+ years. What all should I know? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Nov 12, 2011 - 13 answers

How to quickly bone up on current Broadway?

Is there something like TWoP for Broadway Shows? I'm looking for a resource like Television Without Pity for Broadway shows - something that will give a reader an in-depth plot synopsis sufficient to formulate a rough opinion (or fake one's way through conversations about the plays if someone hasn't actually seen them).
posted by mccn on Oct 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Sources for figuring out what's on in London

Londoners, I want to know about events listings websites, promoter and venue Facebook pages, curated blogs, web forums, and whatever else is out there to find out what's going on in this town in music/arts/culture in general. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Oct 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking sources for an article on privacy

For an article on culture and privacy, I'm looking for sources to discuss the "new" privacy, specifically as to how the internet and reality-TV culture have changed what constitutes privacy. I'm hitting a wall at Google, and HelpAReporter has not yet helped. Sources and suggestions, dear MeFites? Many thanks.
posted by cyndigo on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Curious regional supermarket products?

Complete Parmesan cheeses in Milan, bicycle wheel sized paella pans in Barcelona...what are some other products considered everyday enough to be stocked in a particular country or region's supermarkets - yet which would be considered very unusual elsewhere?
posted by rongorongo on Oct 16, 2011 - 37 answers

Where to get more information about the culture of different software teams?

This insider perspective on the management culture at Google and Amazon by Steve Yegge is absolutely fascinating and educational. Where else can I get information like this on the culture of various software organizations? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Oct 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Lost in Translation

What do the Japanese find "wacky" or bizarre about American/Western culture? Not looking for negative stereotypes, more "WTF??" moments of hilarious cultural untranslatablility. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Oct 11, 2011 - 39 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

There's no youth culture — only masks they let you rent.

I reliably get asked, by puzzled, well-meaning people, what makes me opt out of popular culture. How do I reframe the conversation so that it's clear that I never opted in? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 28, 2011 - 86 answers

Proper Care and Feeding of my Indo-Fijian Sweetheart

Soon my long distance sweetheart from Fiji will be coming to visit me for at least 6 months. Help me mitigate her Culture Shock, find familiar food/movies/etc for her, and communicate with her better while we navigate a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic relationship. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Sep 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Commitment Ceremonies 101

Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Are bald girls in Russia okay?

My friend is planning on shaving her head before travelling for a year through Russia/China/Eastern Europe. Will she run into cultural difficulties because of this? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Sep 18, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity.

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Sep 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Male-dominated workplaces that work for women - the good, the better and the best

I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Sep 11, 2011 - 25 answers

I actually dye my hair to make it darker - and I like it that way

What to say or how to respond to people who are obsessed with having light features? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 6, 2011 - 23 answers

How can a white guy learn to appreciate Indian culture?

How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Masters in Creative Sexytimes

Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

What are your favorite off-beat online resources for news and culture in Singapore?

What are good (off-beat) online resources for news and culture in Singapore? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on Aug 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Searching for fun ways to keep up with French language

I'm fairly fluent in French and would like fun ideas for keeping up with the language. [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 6, 2011 - 22 answers

Do club DJs still use vinyl?

Do club DJs still use vinyl? [more inside]
posted by rocco on Aug 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Book recommendations on the philosophy of education

I'm looking for recommendations for books related to the philosophy of education, especially those related to multicultural approaches to education or foreign language instruction. [more inside]
posted by one little who on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Etiquette for China?

What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 30, 2011 - 12 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Why go to harness races?

Who goes to harness racing (a.k.a. horse buggies, trotters), and why? A friend compared it to speed walking, lots of activity but still pretty darned slow. Is it simply something else to bet on or is there something wonderful or at least interesting about the sport that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Aw, man. I don't wanna go home.

What businesses are known for awesome workplace culture/perks? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jun 17, 2011 - 29 answers

Ah, 1950s America. Land of Apple Pies, the Red-White-Blue and... Innocence?

I've often heard it mentioned that life in the USA in the 1950s was 'innocent'. I get a vague understanding of this of course; family values were high, conservatism was the norm, morality was almost Victorian etc., but what exactly does 'innocence' mean when used to describe a society at large, 1950s USA in particular? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jun 12, 2011 - 67 answers

School a Connecticutian on OK life.

Tell a Northeasterner about living in Norman, Oklahoma. [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Jun 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Adult school in Italy, July

Any recommendations for a school for an adult woman over 50 in Italy this July? Language and or art and or music and or cooking. Florence? elsewhere? Michelangelo school in Florence?
posted by Yayita on Jun 7, 2011 - 5 answers

How to work effectively in Ireland as a young, early career 'mananger'?

I'm an American moving to Ireland for a temporary, six-month assignment. How do I fit in and understand the work culture to ensure I'm successful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 9 answers

What's it like to live in Durham?

What is it like to live in Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 30, 2011 - 19 answers

where to read the opposite of travel journalism?

i want to read blogs or articles about ordinary life in various countries [more inside]
posted by glassy sesames on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Books about cultural construction of beauty?

Books about skin color and beauty standards across cultures? [more inside]
posted by bearette on May 26, 2011 - 5 answers

What shall I read next?

I just finished my last Culture novel (*sniff*). What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on May 25, 2011 - 33 answers

Amazing Adventures - You know, for kids.

Rocket Boys? Kavalier and Clay? All Our Yesterdays... [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Forget old aquaintence...

When did New Year's Day become an official U.S. holiday? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Whither the home page?

These days, what sorts of URLs are people likely to put in a "home page" field for their online directory listing? While some folks do indeed still have what I think of as an old-school home page, what other sorts of places might such a link lead to? Some possibilities I thought of so far are a flickr account, facebook account, linked-in, a business page rather than a personal page, 404's, and the occasional unintentional link-farm or porn takeover of expired domains. I'm looking for other landing page types that may be joining old-school home pages as increasingly common personal web address identifiers.
posted by cairnish on May 3, 2011 - 4 answers

I need to understand more about cultural differences in doing business with Japan

I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Turkey in the 1800s - Question about day-to-day details.

Turkey/Istanbul/Constantinople/19th Century History question. I need some help discovering some basic cultural info - naming conventions, religious practices and beliefs, headwear details. All specific to Istanbul/Constantinople between 1790s and 1820s. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Apr 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Life as lived in the lab - tell me about physicists

What do physicists do all day? What is the lab environment like? Minutiae welcome. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 7, 2011 - 15 answers

How in the hell did the gorgeous cover for ELO's Out of the Blue get designed, created and printed? HOW!?

How in the hell did the gorgeous cover for ELO's Out of the Blue get designed, created and printed? HOW!? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 6, 2011 - 30 answers

transplanting culture?

What is it called when a language/cultural practice is transplanted to a new country, not by a diasporic group, but by interested members of the "host" country? I'm reasonably sure there's a name for this, and I can't remember it. Arg, sociologists, ethnographers and ethnomusicologists of Mefi, help, please!
posted by LN on Mar 31, 2011 - 19 answers

The Anthropology Of Love

Dating around the world. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 25, 2011 - 10 answers

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