December 7th, 2006


what different cultures consider attractive


In a current project of mine, a female main(ish) character is going to be, uh, "voluptuous." Essentially, big breasts, wide hips, a little tub on the tummy. I'm looking for a number of cultures that would typically find this unattractive. Or, in another sense, cultures that find small, dainty stick-thin girls attractive. (Um, other than the U.S., please.)

So, if anyone could suggest some countries that fall into either of those categories (considering they're essentially the same), that would be WONDERFUL.


Note: information from any time period is welcome, as long as it's noted or implied. This is a non-real world story, therefore I have a little leeway.
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httyd--hiccup and toothless
  • nebulia

Technically difficult piano pieces.

I know that not long ago there was a similar question (I believe it involved something about very difficult pieces for kids), but it was long enough ago that I can't seem to find it; and anyway, my question is a little more broad.

What is considered the most technically difficult piano piece in the world?

I know Islamey is up there, but what else is considered very difficult? It would be great if I could get a few different opinions, but if there's one definitive piece labeled "the most difficult," that's okay too.

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    islamey (mily balakirev)
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  • ingriam

Twins, Clones and fingerprints

I know it says somewhere that identical twins have different fingerprints, but I was wondering about cloning. It's for a sci-fi story of mine: there's a clone made of one of the good guys by the bad guys and then force-grown to the point where it's the same age as him. What I want to know is: would the there be any chance that the clone's fingerprints would be mistaken for the original's?

Mistaken Identity

I'm looking for books or films that deal with the idea of mistaken identity and/or characters lying about who they really are. I've come up with a few on my own, but for the most part my mind has drawn a blank and a google search hasn't helped. I know Shakespeare used this theme a lot, but I've only come up with three plays so far.

The ones I've thought of:

As You Like It (Shakespeare)
Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)
The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)
The Prince and the Pauper
Casanova (the recently released movie)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


ETA: Thank you so much for everyone's help. I needed a character to reference various movies and books and my mind was drawing a blank!
I need a hug, GBS II

Gays in early (ish) punk culture

I'm writing a story set in Boston in 1980. I've got five charcters (three women and two men) who range in age from 18 to 25 sharing a smallish apartment. One of the men is widely suspected to be gay, and, while he's not, he finds the idea very amusing and starts dropping hints to the effect that it might be true.

What is the reaction of the others likely to be? Positive? Negative? How positive or negative? I've tried to check out what the general attitude of the punk subculture towards homosexuality might be, but I've only come up with vague suggestions that could mean anything.
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Weather and living in Palo Alto, California, USA.

I was just wondering if anyone could help me out with information about Palo Alto, California. I am in the middle of writing a story and decided I might need to know a bit about the place. I have looked up weather and some maps and things of the place, but I live in Australia and it's a bit hard to really get a feel for the place without insider knowledge.
I hope someone can help. I need to know about the weather conditions, houses, places to go out to, jobs... just general living types of things.
glasses thief

Historical Insurrections and Strategies by Which They Were Conquered

So guys. How would you put down a sneaky-sneaky insurrection? How have historical leaders taken care of it in the past? (I guess that question is better phrased as, 'are there ways to manage it without crushingly debilitating violence?')

I've been looking into the matter at the local library, mostly just skimming through a broad range of revolts, insurrections and rebellions throughout history, and the VAST majority of what I've been finding has been 'and then [governing power] summarily throttled [belligerent insurgents].' There aren't typically details beyond that. I've also been looking at Machiavellian discourse, and Robert Greene's more contemporary The Prince-esque The 48 Laws of Power, and The 33 Strategies of War. Like the aforementioned books, Hagakure and Go Rin No Sho (The Book of Five Rings) have been fascinating, but not really helpful.

So I turn to you, since I'm out of ideas. Collapse )

My sincere and cheerful thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and/or offer any leads.