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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


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

What from the '80s was actually good?

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]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 3, 2008 - 75 answers

Why does Disney hate your mom?

Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Mar 12, 2008 - 38 answers

Not in the broccoli?

From whence the phrase "oohh, not in the broccoli" spoken in a stereotype ESL japanese speaker accent? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Mar 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Hollywood's finest?

Famous examples of personality disorders? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Feb 11, 2008 - 33 answers

"Sausage Leg" Kung Fu movie title?

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]
posted by minjungkim on Feb 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?"

Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?" [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 2, 2008 - 21 answers

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]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

who painted this?

who painted this? appreciate the help, thanks!
posted by mordecai on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Looking for the Lord's Homies

Help me find the "best" fundamentalist / evangelical Christian websites geared toward youth. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 15, 2007 - 13 answers

She unstuffs the stuffed shirt?

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]
posted by hyperfascinated on Sep 19, 2007 - 47 answers

Cognac: the drink that's drank by... who, please?

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]
posted by krippledkonscious on Sep 11, 2007 - 5 answers

I prefer Syrah over both

Pop culture having an influence on the wine industry/wine consumers? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Sep 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Big Willie Style's all in it

Contemporary pop culture term equivalent, in both meaning and ridiculousness, to "getting jiggy wit it"? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Aug 13, 2007 - 18 answers


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]
posted by Miko on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

Is there anyone else like Chuck out there?

I really love Chuck Klosterman's writing. Please help me find more authors/columnists like him. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 5, 2007 - 10 answers

1970s US Pop Culture anomaly

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?
posted by zaebiz on Sep 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Songs with words spelled out in the lyrics?

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]
posted by rifflesby on Aug 7, 2006 - 83 answers

She reads Simone de Beauvoir in her American circumstance

Song ideas for a mix tape themed around writers and/or literature, please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Apr 30, 2006 - 63 answers

The legend became fact, they printed the legend...but where to find the stories behind the legends?

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]
posted by weirdoactor on Apr 5, 2006 - 16 answers

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Big in Japan

Who is the most exalted personage in Japanese (fictional) robotdom? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Feb 6, 2006 - 9 answers

Live action Bert & Ernie melodrama short?

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]
posted by socratic on Nov 15, 2005 - 3 answers

R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet?

Can someone explain the appeal of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet? [more inside]
posted by jca on Nov 14, 2005 - 18 answers

Why do you like U2?

Why do you like U2? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Oct 21, 2005 - 111 answers

the 50 best parts of songs?

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]
posted by rorycberger on Aug 19, 2005 - 7 answers

Play it again, Sam

Why are so many famous lines popularly misquoted? [more inside]
posted by riffola on Jul 21, 2005 - 29 answers

Tomorrow's Classics

What songs/bands from the current decade will be played on classic hits radio stations in twenty years? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 14, 2005 - 31 answers

1950s Italian music

My SO & I were at a restaurant in Italy a couple of weeks ago where they were playing some wonderful old music. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling on Jun 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Pop-culture material about professor-student romantic relationships?

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.
posted by Zosia Blue on Dec 22, 2004 - 44 answers

Ocean's Twelve doesn't make any sense to me

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]
posted by dobbs on Dec 20, 2004 - 23 answers

Is Sex and the City a good thing?

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?
posted by radiosig on Dec 7, 2004 - 45 answers

What are some good pop culture blogs?

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.
posted by alidarbac on Nov 18, 2004 - 20 answers

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