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September 20

Where does the "We're the girls" TikTok meme come from?

Where does the "We're the girls" TikTok meme come from? Is it from a musical? A camp game? Some kind of sorority thing? From nowhere? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 8:43 AM - 4 answers

September 19

What happened to the Lord Of The Rings merchandise in New Zealand?

So we managed to find our way to New Zealand, but time was running tight at Hobbiton and we didn’t have time to pick up LotR gifts/etc. Unfortunately we missed the WETA workshops as well. Bizarrely we have not been able to find a single bit of merchandise in cities large and small throughout the rest of the country. Is this a licensing thing? Has the tourist industry just moved on? We’ve got Queenstown, Dunedin, and Christchurch left to go; is there any hope for us?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:10 PM - 7 answers

Real-life resources on themes in Netflix's Unbelievable?

A friend and I are watching Netflix's Unbelievable and they weren't aware of the prevalence of some of the real-life things that are portrayed in the show. I am looking for resources. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 12:53 PM - 4 answers

Unquestioned assumptions in American society?

I’m trying to create a list of unquestioned assumptions in American society. Help me add to it! [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:31 AM - 95 answers

September 17

Whose autographs are on this dollar bill?

Can you identify the signatures on this dollar bill? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:53 AM - 10 answers

September 16

Dam this dam

I'm looking for first-person accounts (or long-reads) about the experience of being forced to abandon a town in a valley that's scheduled to be flooded as part of a dam/hydroelectric plant project. [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 4:30 PM - 30 answers

September 14

Examples of traditional North American traditions/habits needed to share

I’m looking for examples of typical, everyday North American traditions or habits that I can share with my adult ESL student from South Korea. For example, she was totally unfamiliar with the tradition of adding an extra birthday candle to the birthday cake for “one to grow on.” Not really looking for superstitions, but more traditional, everyday habits that are particular to North America (or specific regions of North America). Another example would be saying “Bless you” when someone sneezes. Thanks!
posted by bookmammal at 7:14 AM - 63 answers

September 12

Is there a blog/page similar to Hidden LA for the East Bay?

I love the Hidden LA Facebook page for highlighting the offbeat, unusual, great things that go beyond the tourist-trap stuff for Los Angeles. I was wondering if there's something similar for the East Bay (specifically not San Francisco)? [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 12:27 PM - 1 answers

Congrats Mom, it's "your" birthday!

Are there cultures where gifts/cards/flowers are given to mom on their children's birthday? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 7:40 AM - 5 answers

September 11

Occupy Book

What is the best non-fiction book written about the Occupy movement? [more inside]
posted by O Time, Thy Pyramids at 2:31 PM - 3 answers

Beyond Dr. Seuss and Big Nate

It seems to me that children's books for kids under, say 10, are about relationships. For younger kids, they seem to be about individual behavior. As the kids get older (probably following their progression through elementary school), the relationship stories seem to get more complicated by dealing with relationship dynamics and interrelational politics. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:00 PM - 10 answers

September 9

Post War Farm Camp in UK and Europe

I have a bunch of photographs which date from around 1949/50. They are of a post-war farm camp - that is, university students helping to get the harvest in. I'm not 100% sure it's in England as one of the photos has a friendly note from a Dutch student on the back. Looks like the students are international. Can anyone point me to where I can find out more about where it might have been? One of the wagons has the name T HESKETH or THESKETH on it and some numbers (a number plate?) [Image link] [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 3:13 AM - 18 answers

September 4

I hate everything and everything hates me.

Feeling hopeless in a new town. How can I get back to not being angry and finding some hope? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 7:50 PM - 13 answers

September 3

Famous women you learned to like... after recognizing societal misogyny

Hole's "Celebrity Skin" came on shuffle the other day, and my knee-jerk reaction was thinking about how horribly insane Courtney Love is. But then I thought -- wait, why do I even think that? I realized society told me to think that way. So I thought... who else? [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 7:36 PM - 82 answers

Is getting involved with Maharishi Foundation USA a bad idea?

My husband is going through something very stressful. He said he wanted to learn meditation and I said that's great! He took some initiative and found this place near us and they want $800. Everything that I'm reading about it is pinging my scam/cult alarms like crazy but I don't want to discourage my hubby, since he needs something and this is something he found out about himself. Has anybody heard of this organization? Should I use my veto on this, or should we just see how it goes? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 2:48 PM - 20 answers

September 2

How to be Polite Without Assuming Superiority

If you assume someone will say dumb stuff, it's polite to maintain a game face. The assumption is inherently condescending, so it doesn't come easily to those lacking the arrogance gene. Yet people really prefer a composed game face despite the superiority behind it. I'd like help working through this conundrum. More explanation below. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:30 AM - 52 answers

September 1

Towns/small cities with leftist history/culture, outside the US?

Hello! I'm very interested in smaller cities, towns, and communities (preferably fewer than 100k) that have a strong culture, tradition, and/or history of leftist organizing. I'm interested in examples outside of the United States. Give me any examples you can think of, and any suggested further reading!
posted by sugar and confetti at 8:35 PM - 19 answers

August 30

Reverberating throughout history

When baby is fed, baby is burped - held vertically, sometimes slumped over a shoulder and allowed to get some gas out through the mouth before being laid down. That's just how it is. How old is this practice? Is there evidence that shows it in ancient times? Prehistoric? Is it universal now? Were there alternatives?
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 8:17 AM - 6 answers

August 25

Please help with some hebrew text

While spending the evening with a friend reviewing a number of their family photos and documents we came upon this image. [more inside]
posted by royboy at 7:24 PM - 2 answers

Moving to Salt Lake City - Family edition

Considering a move to Salt Lake City for medical reasons. What’s good, bad, ugly for living and raising kids here? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:59 AM - 13 answers

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