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]
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]
What businesses are known for awesome workplace culture/perks? [more inside]
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]
Tell a Northeasterner about living in Norman, Oklahoma. [more inside]
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?
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]
What is it like to live in Durham, NC? [more inside]
i want to read blogs or articles about ordinary life in various countries [more inside]
Books about skin color and beauty standards across cultures? [more inside]
Rocket Boys? Kavalier and Clay? All Our Yesterdays... [more inside]
When did New Year's Day become an official U.S. holiday? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
What do physicists do all day? What is the lab environment like? Minutiae welcome. [more inside]
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]
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!
Dating around the world. How does it work? [more inside]
My girlfriend is writing her masters thesis about the series The Wire from the standpoint of a social worker. I'm looking for good sources for her e.g. she told me about a professor who teaches The Wire in his classes (see: Slate article). [more inside]
I'm looking for long-life noodles (or a method for making them) and a recipe to put them in. [more inside]
Female introverts in popular culture? [more inside]
Looking for books that revisit a person or groups of people at different points in their lives, a la the "Up" series by Michael Apted. [more inside]
"I think I got half of it, which got me through the half I didn't." "Like the first season of The Wire."
What are the pop culture references cited in Season 1 of the TV show Community? [more inside]
My husband and I are both a quarter Croatian. Both our respective families hail from around Dubrovnic, on the Dalmatian coast. Being from such diverse backgrounds, we appreciate this cultural heritage that we share in common. As such, we would very much like to be put into contact people who can provide us with fabrics, traditional musics, religious traditions and the like. [more inside]
What aid/help is Brazil doing in Haiti today? [more inside]
What are some small differences you've noticed about the US? Examples: My Japanese friend says that in Japan, large buildings have multiple public entrance/exits. My Dutch friend says that in the Netherlands, women shower in the gym showers. Specifically, I'm interested in things that could imply some theory (elaborate or not) of US culture, of some region of the US.
In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
Tell me about café culture in Montreal... [more inside]
What movies and other bits of popular culture are about the Cold War? [more inside]
Best events/arts/concerts listings website for Vancouver? Best way to keep myself informed about local events? [more inside]
"You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?" I'm looking for a modern equivalent to this phrase, meant to express the youthful ignorance of history, even very significant history. Especially when such ignorance surfaces in a way that's jarring to folks who were there. [more inside]
So what does "train-the-trainer" really mean anyway? [more inside]
A job for the hive mind: I'm looking for cultural references to antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs (Ritalin, Adderall, etc) from the '90s and '00s: stuff along the lines of Tony Soprano using Prozac in The Sopranos. [more inside]
I’m looking for holiday and cultural traditions from any and all cultures that an agnostic American can easily and festively incorporate into the year. [more inside]
A question about feet! Are they considered lowly by any cultures or religions? [more inside]
Where should we go on our honeymoon? [more inside]
I'm looking for some research (e.g. papers, books, documentaries, websites, etc.) on why it appears that most men attracted to (lipstick) lesbians?
One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee? [more inside]
Are there any good blogs about online culture? [more inside]
I am looking for work and have a question. When it comes to which race box to choose. My father was born and raised in Panama, [more inside]
What are good (preferably online) sources for finding out what's on in Sydney? From time to time I find myself there for a weekend, but haven't yet discovered the best way of locating events. I'm particularly interested in theatre, arthouse/vintage/unusual cinema, talks and public lectures, and food, arts or literary events. [more inside]
Non-touristy must do's in Japan? Interesting ideas for 'projects'/missions to make this trip fun? Cultural tips/faux-pas to avoid? Quirky facts/tips? [more inside]
Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers? [more inside]
Halloween Filter: Can I wear my hijab for a costume? (As a statement that HEY MUSLIMS AREN'T SCARY?) Special politically-correct snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Looking to compile a list of movies/books/TV that have either the reputation for, or have actually been seen to have a negative influence on people's behavior. [more inside]