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Why do some people write "1950ies", "1980ies", etc?

I would write "1950s" or "1980s", and this is universal among native English speakers, so far as I am aware. In international contexts, however, I sometimes observe that people whose English spelling is otherwise flawless will consistently write "1950ies" or "1980ies", which reads to me like it has an extra syllable. Where does this convention come from, and what linguistic background makes it sound like a reasonable way to contract these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Oral B electric toothbrush charger compatibility

I currently own an Oral B electric toothbrush with charger unit #3757, 110-130V, 1.3W. I'm moving to Malaysia soon which has the 240V/50Hz power, so I got someone to bring me a new fancy Oral B from the UK which has the same electric supply. This comes with a charger that is also labeled #3757 but says 220-240V 0.9W. So my question is, can I safely charge the new toothbrush with the old charger until I leave the US? Or will the slightly higher powered charger fry it?
posted by hibbersk on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Shipping a set of china to internationally

My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
posted by olinerd on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

This is not a scam. Asking for a wire to an international address.

Mom, who only communicates through e-mail but has a distinctive style and insider information (so I know it's Mom), is traveling in the UK until 4/8/2014. She thought the lost her debit and credit card so she cancelled them. Now she has only her cash which won't get her all the way there. My challenge: figure out (with your help!) the best way to get her some funds so she can enjoy the trip. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2014 - 35 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me calm anxiety about travel to China.

I am travelling to China from Canada in the near future. I have hundreds of questions and concerns but mostly just need reassurance that I'm not forgetting anything. Bonus, what should I do for carry-on? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Mar 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Three countries, two brides, one wedding

We've each left our home countries to be able to be together in a third country. It's working out wonderfully, and we want to get married eventually. But how - or rather, where on earth? [more inside]
posted by harujion on Feb 15, 2013 - 22 answers

English speaking person in Paris (France)

Things to do as an international living in Paris. [more inside]
posted by gunners on Jan 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Forwarding a suitcase from Italy to Toronto

Currently I'm in Italy. In March I'll be travelling to Scotland by train and making stops along the way. Then I'll be flying home to Toronto. My problem is that I have a lot of luggage that I needed for an extended professional stay in Italy, but which will only serve to encumber me when I go traveling. What is the best way for me to forward one large (standard checked baggage) suitcase home to Canada from Italy when I head out? I would especially appreciate any advice based on personal experience. [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Jan 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Will I make my connecting flight?

I'm flying from the Birmingham (AL) airport to the Manchester (UK) airport next Friday, with a connecting flight at ATL. There will only be 53 minutes between my first flight arriving at ATL and my second flight departing. What are the chances I'll miss my second flight? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Nov 30, 2012 - 18 answers

necessary documentaton for international flights and auto travel.

Last minute check list for US citizen with departing flight from Canada to Iceland to UK to Ireland, no return ticket and a car retuning with a different driver. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Oct 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Non-US radio, please

What are your favorite non-American radio stations? Bonus points for stations that are available online, and mostly play music that I am unlikely to hear on American radio.
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 28, 2012 - 44 answers

Who insures foreign drivers in the USA?

We are on a 7 week road trip through the USA. I have a California driver's licence and own the car. My wife has an Australian driver's licence. I'm having trouble putting her on the insurance as a driver with AAA and I have contacted several other insurers who won't take on the risk. Plenty of googling has come up empty? Is there an insurer who is worth calling?
posted by dinoworx on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

What countries are the most wheelchair-friendly for travelers?

Have wheelchair, will travel. My husband and I want to see the world! He uses a (manual) wheelchair. What countries are the most wheelchair-friendly? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Aug 1, 2012 - 16 answers

What's the cheapest way to ship a book from the US to Japan?

What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Apr 24, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I survive the city?

Moving to a big, foreign city from a very small American town- what skills or situations should a country lady be aware of? In other words, how do I not die and/or not go crazy from the people? So. Many. People. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Apr 3, 2012 - 30 answers

Sending "small" amounts of money from US to Denmark?

I'm in the US. I have a niece in Denmark with a birthday coming, and I'd like to send her $50. How? [more inside]
posted by Runes on Mar 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Is there any risk in switching my bank accounts to a freight forwarding address?

I don't technically live in the US anymore; I've sold my house, dropped my auto insurance, etc, and I need to figure out how to deal with my US bank accounts. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 29, 2012 - 10 answers

iPhone 4s international unlock questions

I just had my Verizon iPhone 4s unlocked for international use and confirmed working with two different foreign SIM cards. Three questions:
  1. Is this permanent? Can it ever be re-locked via software or some other method?
  2. Can this be used with US SIM cards, or are there restrictions?
  3. Is this phone now identical to an unlocked iPhone, or is it somehow different?
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posted by letitrain on Jan 16, 2012 - 8 answers

I want to eBay a Macbook, but have two snowflakey problems.

I want to eBay my partner's Macbook. We live in the Netherlands, and it doesn't have a power cord due to acts of cat. How do we get the best price? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jan 11, 2012 - 14 answers

"Overseas" Paypal rejected by Archie McPhee

I found some fun stuff for my nieces in Oregon for Christmas at Archie McPhee, which I heard about at meFi. But I was bummed when I tried to check out and they rejected Visa and even PayPal because I live overseas. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Dec 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I bring steroid ointment into Thailand?

Can I bring 50g of prescription topical steroid ointment (Clobetasol) into Thailand without any trouble at Customs?
posted by ladybird on Dec 9, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the best way to register an international domain name (i.e. .jp or .cn?)

What is the best service a US-based person can use to register an international domain (like .cn, .kr, and .jp?) [more inside]
posted by djedery on Dec 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me help her

Recommendations for reading materials for a student hoping to attend the international college withing a Korean University. [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it okay to surprise my best friend at the airport?

Would it be inappropriate to surprise your best friend at the airport who has been on a long international flight? She'll be arriving alone in Abu Dhabi from Toronto this evening. We haven't seen each other in about five months. See further details below: [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Little girl lost in London Heathrow

My little sister is traveling internationally with some extended family--US to London to Belfast. Because of some crazy mix-ups, she ended up being routed on a different flight US to London than the rest of her group. Now she's stranded and no one can find her. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on May 12, 2011 - 32 answers

Help me solve this dessert challenge!

Help me solve this dessert challenge! [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Apr 24, 2011 - 25 answers

Please help me to find some clarity on where I should live.

I am having a pretty hard time making a life decision on where to live. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Mar 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Resources for making US software work in South America

Could you direct me towards information about what it takes to make a US software product available and work in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Mar 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Going to Australia BRB

I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jan 11, 2011 - 61 answers

Papa Noel for American peeps.

How can I most easily and inexpensively send small holiday gifts from France to the US? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Nov 13, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Does this international edition college text have the same problem sets(in the same order)?

Does anyone know if the international edition of "A Concise Introduction to Logic, Tenth Edition" has the same problem sets as the us version? Alternatively, does anyone have the u.s. version who would be willing to compare? Failing those, does anyone know of a resource online where I could find out?
posted by vash on Sep 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Mackerel = Hake = Orange Roughy = Marlin = Snoek?

Where can I find information about local substitutes for fish varieties from other countries? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Sep 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Holiday season NGO volunteer work for me and my 2 grown sons?

Help me find an NGO like Penn's Haiti project to volunteer over the Dec.-New Years' period. The reason I can't do J/P is because my two sons (18 and 21) will be joining me and they don't allow volunteers under the age of 21. [more inside]
posted by victors on Sep 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Can I mail mp3s to Botswana?

Will I have problems sending copyrighted music to Botswana? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Seeking international video chat "penpals"

I used to love corresponding with overseas penpals that I'd been matched up with at school, or whatever. Do people do this via video chat these days? Where and how? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Jul 9, 2010 - 3 answers

More Soccer Pls

I'd finally like to segue from obsessing over the world cup every four years to keeping up with professional leagues. I'm not very interested in the MLS, so what's a good starter league or upcoming tournament to dive into first? [more inside]
posted by domakesaypat on Jun 27, 2010 - 19 answers

Murder on an ice floe

You are not my research assistant but I need a hand to get to the first rung. Homicide on an international ice floe. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Jun 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move?

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Happily ever after. Until taxes, that is.

An American guy and a Dutch gal met in Europe, got married in Vegas and now live in the UK. Looking for first person information from other multinational couples residing in a third country regarding taxation. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on May 2, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm an adult. I should know how mail works.

If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Across the continent in 4 (holi)days

What's the best option for me to ship a document to Colorado from Toronto that has to arrive by Monday? [more inside]
posted by Cody's Keeper on Apr 1, 2010 - 8 answers

I need more than just a product brochure

Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 25, 2010 - 22 answers

How to avoid customs madness?

Help me make a non-disastrous choice on airline tickets to Portugal in relation to customs/connecting flights. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Feb 20, 2010 - 5 answers

USPS International Priority Mail Customs

Mail-Filter: I just mailed a package via Priority Mail from California to Austria without including any completed customs forms. Did I mess up? [more inside]
posted by fook on Feb 3, 2010 - 13 answers

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