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]
What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
Looking for iconic, pop culture ring tones for my blackberry [more inside]
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!
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]
I'm a child of the '80s, and I loved the '80s. However, I didn't develop a sense of good taste until about 1994, and as a result my pop-culture radar is completely jammed with crappy cartoons designed to sell toys, cereal commercials, and Ewoks. Can you recommend totally awesome movies/TV shows/etc. that will satisfy my '80s nostalgia, but are good enough to watch today? [more inside]
Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films? [more inside]
From whence the phrase "oohh, not in the broccoli" spoken in a stereotype ESL japanese speaker accent? [more inside]
Famous examples of personality disorders? [more inside]
Dear Metafilter, Please help me identify and track down a copy of this movie. Somewhere in the early '80s while living in the outskirts of detroit, I, as a young impressionable lass, was obsessed with watching kung fu action flicks. [more inside]
Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?" [more inside]
Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!
I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
who painted this? appreciate the help, thanks!
Help me find the "best" fundamentalist / evangelical Christian websites geared toward youth. [more inside]
What are some films, books, plays, TV shows, etc. that feature a free-spirited woman trying to get a strait-laced man to loosen up? [more inside]
Sittin' in my crib, sippin' on 'nac... Who was the first rapper to promote and popularize the imbibing of cognac? What song was it and when did it come out? [more inside]
Pop culture having an influence on the wine industry/wine consumers? [more inside]
Contemporary pop culture term equivalent, in both meaning and ridiculousness, to "getting jiggy wit it"? [more inside]
For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
I really love Chuck Klosterman's writing. Please help me find more authors/columnists like him. [more inside]
What was it about 70s America that made Suzi Quatro so huge in Europe and Australia but a flop in the US? Also who was the song "48 Crash" written about?
I'm writing a puzzle for an online game, and trying to think of songs in which the lyrics include words being spelled out... [more inside]
Song ideas for a mix tape themed around writers and/or literature, please. [more inside]
Watching "Assume The Position, Mr. Wuhl" on HBO made me hungry for more debunking of legends and myths that we often accept as fact and history. My problem is, I'm not sure what to search for in seeking such material. [more inside]
What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
Who is the most exalted personage in Japanese (fictional) robotdom? [more inside]
Does anybody recall a short video that circulated around a few years ago involving a live-action Bert & Ernie, living in a condo, with melodrama (and chuckles) in copious amounts? [more inside]
Why do you like U2? [more inside]
Looking for a link I saw a while back (maybe a year agoish?), it may have been posted on the blue but I'm not sure. It was something like the 50 (100?) best parts of songs ever. It described the best ~10 second long sections from songs. [more inside]
Why are so many famous lines popularly misquoted? [more inside]
What songs/bands from the current decade will be played on classic hits radio stations in twenty years? [more inside]
My SO & I were at a restaurant in Italy a couple of weeks ago where they were playing some wonderful old music. [more inside]
I'm in the early stages of writing a paper on professor-student romantic relationships/affairs and am looking for some pop culture to back me up. Can anyone suggest any novels, movies, etc., that deal with this topic? I'm looking primarily for male professor/female student, but the other way around works, as well. Thanks.
Oceans Twelve. Am I an idiot or does this movie not make a lick of sense (spoilers inside--DON'T READ if you haven't seen the flick). [more inside]
Is Sex and the City, or is it not, a worthwhile pastime? Is it an assault on the very essence of our human-ness, or does it teach women to be strong and independent in a man's world, or is it neither of these things and something else entirely? And finally, can a man who hates the show and a woman who loves it coexist in the same romantic relationship? Can they have amazing sex, at least?
What are some good pop culture blogs? I'm looking for some good writers who like to riff on anything and everything: music, movies, books, random pop-sociology articles, etc.; people who aren't breathlessly following the latest reality show but also who aren't trying to show off their fanboy Pitchfork-esque indie creds. The less politics, the better. Bonus points for people who do more original stuff and less meme-o'-the-day crap and for people with a wicked sense of humor.
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