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My sense of humor is inexplicable. Can you explain it?

My sense of humor when it comes to television - or rather, what I find funny - doesn't seem to follow a pattern that I can describe. It makes it difficult to tell people what I like, and difficult to trust suggestions/recommendations. Even my husband, despite knowing me better than anyone, really can't guess what I'd find funny any better than a person off the street. Examples of what I like and don't like under the cut. Looking for terms so I can describe my sense of humor to people and get better recommendations for more things I'd like. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 8, 2014 - 30 answers

 

What are considered the DEFINITIVE versions of popular Christmas songs?

So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 11, 2013 - 45 answers

Iconic music videos of the 80s and 90s?

One of my good friends had very little interaction with pop culture through childhood and most of college, and so missed out entirely on the now-classic music videos that were airing on MTV and VH1 up through the mid-90s. They're interested in improving their music video literacy, so I'd like to put together a playlist for them. Help me make sure I don't miss anything!
posted by Narrative Priorities on Oct 2, 2013 - 49 answers

Fairy Godmothers!

Which people, figures, deities, beings, etc personify the concept of the fairy godmother - a caring compassionate motherly figure who grants wishes? There's the fairytale stock character, but there's also Oprah (and to some extent Ellen). [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Miley twerking?! MeFiNK needs a regular pop-culture schooling.

MeFite, No Kids here. Where do I dedicate 15 minutes a day on the internets toward study of what's fresh, even if it's stupid? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

Book about the Stones.

Pretend I came from another planet yesterday. Pretend that today I listened to everything by The Rolling Stones. Pretend that tomorrow I want to read a book about the band/their history/their music. What would that book be? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Recomendation for good TV shows

Help! I am in need of a good TV show to watch online. Here are some of my favorite to give you an idea of what I like: Homeland, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Louie, Veep, Girls, Sherlock, The Wire, Deadwood, The Americans, Game of Thrones, The Killing, and Top Chef. Thanks!
posted by bjharl on Jun 2, 2013 - 32 answers

Let me tell you a story about a horse while I diffuse this missile...

I'm trying to find TV shows (or films) that contain a particular trope that I noticed while watching some old 1980's shows lately. Namely shows where the main character provides a sort of running narration throughout. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on May 6, 2013 - 25 answers

movies that have become a part of pop culture?

I'm 30 years old and I just saw Casablanca for the first time. All of a sudden I understand why so many people joke about "always having Paris." And all of those references to gin joints. Can you recommend some other movies to me that are equally important for understanding American pop culture? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Apr 28, 2013 - 99 answers

I want to know the history of the city without a history

Please recommend some books about the history of Southern California. I'm specifically interested in the evolution of car culture and the L.A. area as a cultural incubator. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 9, 2013 - 36 answers

What's so awesome about Korean stuff?

I'm interested in Korean pop culture: K-pop, K-drama, K-film. I've seen previous questions about specific recommendations if music and movies. I am checking those out. There is so much material, I'm trying to get a broader perspective. [more inside]
posted by gimletbiggles on Mar 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Works of literature or film featuring taxidermy or taxidermied animals?

References both great and small are welcome. [more inside]
posted by fleetofblimps on Feb 15, 2013 - 35 answers

What 'diversity in pop culture' resources are out there?

I'm applying to teach an honors composition course with the theme 'diversity within pop culture'; what interesting/cool/new resources are out there? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Feb 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Your favourite clever pop culture sites/podcasts/lectures

I'm at home ill at the moment, watching lots of films and reading a lot (this week I've watched 14 films and read 2 books). I'd like to find sites (or podcasts/lectures/etc) that intelligently examine media and/or popular culture. I regularly read articles on Popmatters and sometimes the A.V. Club (but not so much). What are your favourite film/media crit resources? Podcasts? Lectures? Thank you in advance for any help!
posted by everydayanewday on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Examples of timelines in movies and other pop culture?

I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Nov 13, 2012 - 17 answers

A second chance to turn back time

Today, a time capsule was opened after 20 years buried in the Denton Town Square. It was not what we expected. [more inside]
posted by evolvinglines on Oct 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me find Korean pop culture

I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Sep 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Give me your assistants!

Help me make a list of assistants/valets/right-hand people in pop culture. [more inside]
posted by missjenny on May 29, 2012 - 58 answers

Magic?

I'm being forced to visit Disney in September, for two and a half days. The rest of my family will be staying longer, so I get to pick what we do those two and a half days. My son is 5 and this is his first Disney "experience". What the heck do I select? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 9, 2012 - 23 answers

ID this 90s baddie

Can you identify this action figure? (the one in the middle) [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls on Mar 14, 2012 - 4 answers

My memory fails me

I'm trying to remember a web-video series that was mentioned on the blue a couple of times in the last year or two. All I can remember is that they were hosted by a woman (maybe light brown/blond hair...?) who was giving a funny/feminist take on various things in pop culture. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think maybe one of the topics she talked about was yogurt commercials aimed at women. I know, not much to go on!
posted by trillian on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Show me the Awesome!

I'm looking for images, most likely illustrations but photos might do, that depict the most absurd, over-the-top awesomeness. Imagine someone sat down and said "I'm going to draw the silliest, most awesome thing ever." [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Nov 4, 2011 - 36 answers

It was the third of September.

What songs, from any genre, mention a specific calendar date. For example, Papa Was a Rollin Stone (the 3rd of September), September by EWF, (21st night, September. Pride in the Name of Love "early morning, April 4) etc?
posted by timsteil on May 6, 2011 - 61 answers

There were no train stations. There were no downtowns. Hey, ho, nowhere to go: Ohio.

What are your favorite interesting or telling U.S. pop culture references to urban planning issues, including the image of city/suburb/exurban/rural areas as places to live and the process of creating community? [more inside]
posted by carmicha on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

that's so 7.5 years ago

What was so darned special about 2002-2003? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 12, 2011 - 95 answers

help me tie my rec room together.

I want to decorate a rec room in my basement with prints and other items that have been featured in movies and TV shows. I’m not looking for promotional things or other advertisements, but prints that are well known from those movies. Someone should see it and go “Hey!! That’s the thing from that movie! Where did you get that?” [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 13, 2010 - 35 answers

Ironic Print Ads with Pop Culture Reference?

Can anyone suggest good examples of ironic/self-referential (e.g. perhaps they acknowledge their own advertising purpose) *print* ads (or perhaps billboards) that also use some kind of popular culture reference (could be movie/music/trend/celebrity/subculture etc.)? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Sep 19, 2010 - 5 answers

First TV show that included texting

What was the first instance of two characters on a TV show sending or receiving a text message on TV? [more inside]
posted by TsuKata on Aug 24, 2010 - 15 answers

8 yrs old, going on 14. Tired of Nickelodeon.

Is there a kid-friendly portal to pop music videos? She is not satisfied by Kid Disney and she wants to listen to the "latest" hits. She begs us to let her watch music videos on YouTube, but she's not ready to be let loose on that yet. So where can we let her browse and watch "current" videos with not too much bad stuff? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Aug 23, 2010 - 9 answers

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

Pop Idols and Lolitas - I need a list

I'm looking to generate a cross-cultural list of famous young talents (singers, actors, dancers younger than ~20, from any time in history) that are/were widely considered to be precociously charming. Idols and starlets, if you will. Is/was there a Russian Donny Osmond? An Indian Justin Timberlake? Who's the quintessential Morning Musume girl?
posted by xo on May 14, 2010 - 18 answers

My (not so little) red-head girl.

What songs reference a redheaded person (directly or obliquely)? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 29, 2010 - 42 answers

Where is my Ed Hardy edition Bluetooth headset?

I am hoping someone can explain why 2 pop cultural phenomenons are considered offensive and/or worthy of sometimes extreme derision: Ed Hardy and Bluetooth headsets. [more inside]
posted by discountfortunecookie on Feb 22, 2010 - 46 answers

Great texts on pop culture?

Can anyone recommend a good text on pop culture history/studies? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease on Dec 12, 2009 - 8 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

What did Elvis Costello say about Boston?

At 2:15 of this brief clip, the interviewer asks Elvis Costello if he wants to defend what he'd said in Newsweek about Boston (the band, I'm pretty sure, given her exchange with Nick Lowe starting at 1:58). I've been unable to figure out on the Google just what was said about Boston; can you tell me?
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 1, 2009 - 3 answers

It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right.

I need visual examples of vintage influences (1920s-1950s) in current popular culture to prove retro design is still hip with the cool kids. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 27, 2009 - 36 answers

Hey, meme-spreader! Get laid! Get plucked!

Did you have a "Mony Mony" chant? If so, what was it? (kinda NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 5, 2009 - 51 answers

Who are our Pansexual Icons?

There are gay icons and lesbian icons - are there people who are bisexual/pansexual icons? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 15, 2009 - 47 answers

Need non-people 80's pop culture icons

Pop-culture enthusiasts: I am working on a project that will incorporate 80's(ish) themes/icons. But there is a caveat. [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Aug 24, 2009 - 30 answers

Am I doing this write?

In writing a research book, how far along should I be before approaching publishers, agents, etc? Help needed to get my nonfiction pop culture centric book into bookstores [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 7 answers

let it fall down

What music came out soon (within a year) after September 11 2001 that was uniquely affected, either in perception or creation, by the terrorist attacks? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 3, 2009 - 60 answers

Where can I get this shirt?!

I was out to lunch the other day and saw this guy across the way wearing this great t-shirt. Being largely anti-social, I could not work up the nerve to inquire of him where he got it - thinking instead that I could just use my excellent Google-fu. Of course, that has turned up nothing. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 8, 2009 - 7 answers

No man is an island

What are some famous islands in popular culture? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Apr 4, 2009 - 41 answers

Who was the Ur-Paris?

Who was the Ur-Paris? Who were the Paris Hiltons of yesteryear? Whenever I find myself in conversation with people-who-think-they're-smarter-than-everyone, I know that I will soon be subjected to a rant about how we now live in the most facile of times, obsessed with celebrities like Paris Hilton. I'd like to hear arguments for the opposing view: that this is nothing new, that, throughout history, it has always been human nature to be interested in the lives of certain people... [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Oct 5, 2008 - 50 answers

China!

What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Aug 19, 2008 - 7 answers

pop culture ring tones, k?

Looking for iconic, pop culture ring tones for my blackberry [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on Jul 22, 2008 - 14 answers

YanniFilter (yes, THAT Yanni): Help me find this shirt...

I just saw the movie High Fidelity for the first time. There was one scene in the record store where Jack Black's character is wearing a t-shirt with Yanni's mug in it's full glory. As soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to have that shirt! I've managed to find some similar shirts on Ebay, but nothing quite as spectacular as the one in the movie. So I will be forever in debt to anyone who can find this shirt available for purchase. Help me MeFi, you're my only hope!
posted by jluce50 on May 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Searching for laser portrait background.

where can i find an image of the fuzzy laser background that was used in school pictures in the 80's and early 90's? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight on Apr 22, 2008 - 5 answers

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