How do I get my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates from the town of Randazzo (province of Catania, Sicily), Italy? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on May 10, 2006 -
I would like to work in the USA for a year, but camp counsellor is not right for me. Are there any programs offering alternative types of work? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish
on May 1, 2006 -
A dear friend of mine (female, single, Italian, outgoing, mid-30's) has been offered an excellent job in Houston. She has only visited the city twice, for business, and she's wondering if she'll adapt well. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 3, 2006 -
Where can I find a set of public domain images of the U.S.A. and individual States? I am looking for something a little stylized and without much detail, similar to a weather map. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop
on Mar 1, 2006 -
I know that the US has lower per capita arts funding than comparable countries. How do countries outside the US characterize arts funding and subsidies? [more inside]
posted by ao4047
on Jan 31, 2006 -
In the original 1978 Superman movie
Lex Luther plans to split apart the San Andreas fault-line using Nuclear armaments - the resulting explosion destined to send the entire Californian coastline and its inhabitants to murky ocean depths.How much explosive force would be needed to cause any such kind
of earthquake? And, using the San Andreas fault as a model, could Lex Luther's diabolic plan have any degree of success? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Dec 7, 2005 -
My fiancée and I are travelling to her country this Christmas to visit some friends and her family. I am a US citizen and she is Moldovan. She is a grad student at my university here in the US. As she is from a non-EU Eastern European country, there is a chance that she may not be allowed entry into the country due to some technicalities, even though she will have received another valid F1 visa. If she is denied entry in the airport, what can I do? Am I allowed to see her, arrange for her flight home or contact a lawyer before they force her out? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai
on Nov 29, 2005 -
If a salary is listed in a US job posting is that a hidden signal that the job is actually intended for a non-citizen and that I, as a US citizen, shouldn’t bother applying? [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper
on Nov 27, 2005 -
So there's a grand jury that the special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has empaneled. 23 members, residents of Wahington D.C. Some questions. [more inside]
posted by Gyan
on Oct 25, 2005 -
: I don't understand most kinds of violence, but seldom am I as baffled as in this case: why would one fire at a medical convoy performing rescue work, as has reportedly happened in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Sep 1, 2005 -
Recourse Filter: I bought a product from a Canadian company. I realized upon it's arrival that it’s incorrect and was falsely advertised. Discussions with the company haven’t went well at all . Advice and suggestions on the possibility of getting things corrected? [more inside]
posted by peewee
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Cost of living comparison. Is there any way to compare salaries and standard of living between USA, UK, and France? If I relocate between these, how much should I ask for to attempt to maintain a standard of living? [more inside]
posted by carter
on Aug 9, 2005 -
I'm a Canadian looking to move (and work) in the USA. Not necessarily forever, but more than the three months a tourist visa allows. I've got a 2 year college degree and 8 yrs experience in IT. Where do I start to figure out how to do it? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle
on Aug 3, 2005 -
President Bush showed up at the G8 in a fancypants "United States of America" helicopter. How did it get to Scotland? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Curiosity struck and I'm looking for a year-by-year breakdown of the number of times the filibuster has been used. A chart with further breakdowns of senator, state, party, duration, cause, and whether the filibuster was ended via cloture would be even nicer. [more inside]
posted by rudyfink
on May 17, 2005 -
Bookfilter: I'm looking for books about the US written by non-USians for a non-USian audience. I'd like to learn how non-USians see the US and how US society is described to non-USians. I'm especially interested in fiction, but travelogues, memoirs, and cultural anthropology would be fine. Even well-written blogs would be ok.
posted by luneray
on Apr 11, 2005 -
LibrarianFilter: As a soon-to-be-Ph.D. student who's worked in US poltics for some time, I'm curious if there are good, periodical analyses of the US political scene (Congress, the bureaucracy, K & 16th Sts.) written particularly for foreign interests -- corporate, academic, or governmental. Specific references or suggested starting points would be much appreciated.
posted by piro
on Apr 4, 2005 -
I'm thinking about riding my bicycle
from San Francisco to New York City next summer. Has anyone here done it? What should I know? What routes do you recommend? On which highways and interstates are bicycles allowed? What special things should I see? How do I build a solar-powered charger for a cell phone? I'd spend this year planning, training, and saving money, so I have some time to prepare.
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 28, 2005 -
PropogandaWarFilter: How many TV networks is the US funding in Iraq?
Al Iraquia (that doesn't have a site) and Al Hurra
posted by ruelle
on Feb 10, 2005 -
Estate Tax Filter
I've been trying to figure out how much someone can inherit before having to pay a whole mess of taxes on the money. I've been trying to use the IRS Estate and Gift Tax
page but am just as confused as before. Can anyone help me out?
posted by fenriq
on Feb 7, 2005 -
Some "Threat Level"
questions: do countries have a similar system? Are other countries planning to implement such a system? Also, is the American system based on an existing model? I'm not so interested in the threat aspect of it as much as I'm interested in learning where the color-coded system originated and if it's being borrowed. This version
, I'm certain, was a later iteration.
posted by josephtate
on Feb 1, 2005 -
Where can I find a comprehensive list of US schools offering an M.A.T. in visual arts? Also, will it make things difficult if I receive my M.A.T. in a state I do not intend to teach in?
posted by Marit
on Dec 22, 2004 -
I was looking at a spoof map showing the 'United States of Canada' and 'Jesusland'. In it, the 'blue' states were now part of Canada, and the 'red' states were what's left of the US. With the increasing divide between the two sides, what would happen if those 'blue' states seceded somehow. Don't they represent most of the economic prosperity in this country? And what does that fact say about the this country?
(I know this is not possible, but it is interesting to look at the relationship between economics and political leaning.)
posted by eas98
on Nov 5, 2004 -
What interest rate does the U.S. pay on the national debt, and is that number likely to change as the debt increases?
posted by gsteff
on Nov 4, 2004 -
SenateFilter: Who will replace Tom Daschle as minority leader?
posted by MrAnonymous
on Nov 3, 2004 -
Can I fly from the United States to Canada without a passport?
posted by jjg
on Oct 28, 2004 -
UK immigration: My cousin (an American) is investigating ways that she can become a permanent resident or citizen of the United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Oct 26, 2004 -
Where does oil refined to make gasoline on the west coast of North America come from? Alaska? Mexico? Alberta?
posted by Keith Talent
on Oct 6, 2004 -
What were other names considered before the name United States of America was decided upon?
posted by riffola
on Oct 1, 2004 -
I've tried googling for help on this but to no avail.
Help me understand North American parking signs better (inside is more). [more inside]
posted by shepd
on Sep 12, 2004 -
Is it legal to sell your vote in the United States? Since I don't care all THAT much who's president, and I live in a swing state, I was thinking of auctioning my vote off, or forming a syndicate with like-minded citizens to auction our votes en bloc
. I mean, either party would get bigger bang for their buck buying 100,000 votes outright for $6 million, than spending the equivalent on hit-or-miss TV advertising. [more inside]
posted by Faze
on Aug 12, 2004 -
After reading the speaker's list
for the Democratic convention, I noticed that some congressmen & senators are referred to as "the honorable" and others as "representative." Who qualifies for each title?
posted by Juicylicious
on Jul 26, 2004 -
On the radio yesterday there was talk of forming a Spy Czar to oversee the 15 different intelligence agencies. I can name maybe 7 different intelligence agencies. What are all 15?
posted by drezdn
on Jul 21, 2004 -
Hotel reservation advice needed! We are going on a long car trip that needs to be spread across 2 days. What option will generate the best price? Should I guess where the halfway point is and make a hotel reservation or should I just wing it and just get a room wherever we stop (assuming there are a few hotels at the exit)?
posted by internal
on Jul 20, 2004 -
Being young and foolish, a friend from #mefi is considering relocating to the US. Being also poor and uneducated, He will be in need of a moderately priced education, so he is looking at community colleges. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by riffola
on Jun 6, 2004 -
I'm curious about a bit of (apparently) southern dialect. I'm not sure how to spell it, but it sounds like "do what?" or "du what?" or "d'what?" and seems to mean the same thing as "what?" or "huh?" or "say that again?" I'm from the Northeast, and the first time I heard this, it sounded really strange to me, like people were just adding "do" to the beginning of "what" for no reason. Does anyone know its origin, what part of the U.S. it's prevalent in, and what it means exactly? (Google was no help.)
posted by Tin Man
on Apr 14, 2004 -
Here's what could be called an urgent question for Europeans who make their living writing (amongst other things) about the United States. How do you explain to intelligent Europeans that "America" is actually as big and varied a proposition as "Europe"? If not more. [More inside.
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posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 7, 2004 -
There are a lot of American products you can't get in Europe and vice-versa. Does anyone know of any private, Internet-based mail-swap scheme, similar to CD swaps? [More inside.
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posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 16, 2004 -
Is there anywhere I can get a list of movies released theatrically in the US for 2003? I want to put together a Top 10 list, but can't remember many movies I saw this year. (Maybe that's a sign...) I know that you can get IMDB to list movies by year, by that lists EVERYTHING, and is much too long a list to wade through.
posted by emptybowl
on Jan 27, 2004 -
Can anyone suggest any really great art museums in the Southeast US? The girlfriend and I both have a long weekend coming up and need something to do. Specifically thinking in the states of TN, NC, SC, GA, VA...
posted by auzten
on Jan 12, 2004 -
ID Required? Are you required to show an ID to a policeman? What about car searches? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Jan 6, 2004 -