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What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything?

What are the greatest 100 questions in English-language pop culture? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 17, 2010 - 167 answers

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there?

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 8, 2010 - 30 answers

Cultural Analysis of Apple Design

For a few years I've been wondering about Apple's design choices and what they reflect back about our culture, and would like pointers to authors or articles that explore that idea. [more inside]
posted by holycola on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

culture and development

What is the role of culture in post-colonial development? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture?

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture? [more inside]
posted by mchow on May 27, 2010 - 60 answers

Suggestions for things to do to learn about Hawaii's native cultural history while in Maui.

What are some things I can do/see on my upcoming trip to Maui to best learn about the island's native cultural history? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on May 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Culture in Chicago - Show me it

I'm going to be in Chicago in late July, and was hoping some locals could tip me on finding the best Lebanese food, jazz clubs/events that I shouldn't miss, interesting art galleries maybe even local theater if they're doing something fun. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on May 22, 2010 - 8 answers

confused in Montreal

I was startled and amused in Montreal by strangers coming up, saying "Mon chapeau est plus beau que le votre!" Can anyone add some context? [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on May 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to find new media events in NYC?

I’m looking to get hooked into information about any and all electronic or new media arts and cultural events happening in and around New York City. This includes games, video installations, small time hobbyist classes. What mailing lists and blogs should I be subscribed to and/or following? (I'm aaware of True Chip Till Death, Eyebeam, Figment NYC Resistor and 3rd Ward.)
posted by edbles on May 17, 2010 - 2 answers

I think he's upset, but how can you tell?

International tormented musicians wanted: I'm looking for artists who sound like Vladimir Vysotsky but who perform in other languages. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on May 16, 2010 - 6 answers

No skin? No sweat!

How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Canadian Culture. In a box.

Suggestions needed for small, inexpensive items that can represent Canada to children ages 3-6 around the world. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on May 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Places to work like academia, but not

Places to work in or around Boston that feel like an academic environment, without actually being in academia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Smoking in the boys (or girls) room?

Back in the days when people commonly smoked inside their offices, and everywhere else, was it common/acceptable/possibly even polite? for people to smoke while sitting on the toilet? If so, was there a gender divide? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on May 9, 2010 - 23 answers

Help make these 14-yr-olds worldy!

What are some short questions that will assess 9th graders' knowledge on differences in culture? [more inside]
posted by robstercraw on May 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Linguistic Identity Crisis: A country girl divided by a common language.

I'm moving to the UK for the next three years and have some questions about my identity and language use. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 5, 2010 - 41 answers

Irish Songbook

I'd like to sing some good Irish songs with a bunch of kids (I play the guitar) to have them learn something about Irish culture. Could you point at some meaningful, beautiful, traditional Irish songs ? (Tabs, melody, lyrics and background resources welcomed).
posted by nicolin on May 5, 2010 - 11 answers

What's the name for the art of not talking about what you're talking about?

In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

50 Movies Every Geek Should See

I enjoyed the list 50 Books Every Geek Should Read. If you were to compile a similar list, but for video content, what would be on that list?
posted by Otis on Apr 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Songs that make people move

I am looking for songs that have brought people together, inspired them to persevere, made them desire to act or hope for a brighter future during any point in history. I am particularly interested in popular songs, songs from the African American community (including rap), work songs or religious songs that had these effects on people. However, I am interested in anything that you can come up with.
posted by qexcp on Apr 24, 2010 - 26 answers

Home in Montreal?

Can you recommend a neighbourhood in Montreal for me to live in? I prefer vibrant, lefty, funky, bohemian areas. [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Apr 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Meraba, can you break a 5?

Why do businesses in Turkey never seem able to make change? [more inside]
posted by theDTs on Apr 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Best way to get the flavor for 1970s Korea?

What are the best nonfiction books, novels or articles if I want to get a feel for city life in Seoul, South Korea in the 1970s or 1980s? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor on Apr 5, 2010 - 3 answers

don't embarrass me in front of my mom you guys!

What is this phenomenon? It isn't synchronicity, baader-meinhoff, or confirmation bias. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Apr 3, 2010 - 18 answers

How useful is a degree in Persian?

How vocationally useful would an degree in Persian Language studies be? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Apr 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Tastes Like... Outer Mongolia?

We're not in the beef jerky aisle at 7-11 anymore, Toto: tell me about foods from other cultures which are difficult for the American/Western palate to "translate". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Mar 31, 2010 - 63 answers

Blogs about foreigners in the US?

I'm looking for blogs by and about foreigners who move to the US and talk about their experiences. I'd like to avoid mandatory student blogs if possible. Bonus points for English-language blogs by someone from the East, but anything that isn't Canada will do. Thank you, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Films Where Gay Actors Play Gay Characters

Which gay characters in mainstream films have been played by gay actors? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Mar 14, 2010 - 28 answers

What is this funky, radio theme?

What is this song/artist (10 second clip)? Bassy, slightly funky. Its the theme tune to an irish radio arts programme called Culture Shock.
posted by kenaman on Mar 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Nazar Boncuks on my stoop, a Mezuzah on my door frame, prayer flags outside... help me represent all faiths!

Help me decorate a multi-faith home! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Bacteria: How much is too much?

I eat lots of yogurt and drink lots of kefir and kombucha. Do all these cultures live compatibly in my digestive system, or am I creating World War III in there? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Feb 23, 2010 - 11 answers

residential Tokyo?

How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

What do you say we put on a record?

Looking for articles and essays concerning the early days of the phonograph and radio--especially the cultural impact. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Instruction for proper Japanese bowing technique

A humorous visual guide to proper Japanese bowing technique. Does anyone have a link? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 10, 2010 - 6 answers

In over my head

My girlfriend has etiquette and class - I don't. Help! [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster on Feb 9, 2010 - 29 answers

De-constructing 'code' (picking apart its assumptions)

De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Get me out of my comfort zone - at least a little ways...

Travelfilter: what country/region should I visit next? I have a week or so for a trip that I would like to take sometime this spring. I'll be traveling alone and I want to keep it to a relatively tight budget. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for date ideas in Toronto

Somebody please give me a great idea for a charming date in Toronto! (Bonus points for something happening this weekend) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Soy gringa... Or not.

Is it a bad thing to call oneself a "gringa" (if one is indeed a caucasian American female) when speaking with Latinos? (context inside) [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jan 20, 2010 - 27 answers

One night in the Bay Area ...

You and have just landed at Oakland International Airport. It's 6 pm on a weeknight. Your next flight leaves in the morning. You have one night in the Bay Area and no interest in touristy stuff. You want to spend the evening exploring unusual, unknown and/or beautiful places. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jan 16, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I get more out of my reading life?

I spend a lot of time reading for both work and pleasure yet I have a hard time translating this to my everyday life, for example being able to remember key quotes or even retaining main points of books I have read. Do people here have any tips for retaining and utilizing content read in books, especially novels? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Military Bratology

Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Vancouver, show me what you've got!

Hello, Vancouver! I will be in your city this weekend, and am looking for fun things to do and awesome places to hang out. I'm thinking of arriving New Years Day and leaving Saturday afternoon, but if there are fun things to do NYE, I would love to spend NYE there. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Sing It Slant

I am curious about karaoke musicians. What I mean by that is that I have noticed that a lot of karaoke music are re-creations of the original recordings. I am interested in the business, process, and culture of the musicians who re-create that music. We often get articles from reporters "embedded" in the entourage of a popular touring band - I was hoping that someone might recommend a feature article or book about the lives of these *ahem* unsung musicians. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Dec 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books.

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Dec 21, 2009 - 27 answers

I wipe my own ass!

What are children of different cultures expected to learn to do independantly at different ages? [more inside]
posted by alona on Dec 6, 2009 - 8 answers

cultures in transition, over time

Looking for writing on how cultures/nations/tribes handled, fared, cope/d with alien influences. In the past or now, ongoing. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Dec 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Pop Culture Call and Response?

Is there a word or a term for a pop-culture handshake? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Dec 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Marriage gifts for coworkers in India

Help me find excellent wedding gifts for my coworkers in India! [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Dec 3, 2009 - 8 answers

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