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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
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]
What to say or how to respond to people who are obsessed with having light features? [more inside]
How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
What are good (off-beat) online resources for news and culture in Singapore? [more inside]
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]
I'm fairly fluent in French and would like fun ideas for keeping up with the language. [more inside]
Do club DJs still use vinyl? [more inside]
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]
What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
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]