Tornado sirens, weird traffic signals, and more... What are some locally-normal things unique to your home area, that you thought were universal 'til you left home?
fraula and others describe food culture in France
beagle explains some of the appeal of Dutch carbide shooting - "perhaps the pinnacle of cultural achievement in a nation of soccer-playing, bicycle-riding dairy farmers with long winter nights"
Want to be recognized as an independent nation-state? First, get a national football (soccer) team -- diplomacy by sport in occupied Western Sahara.
"Even outlaws have to grow old" -- the story of a legendary Florida marijuana bust in 1973
Get to know tiny Hans island, center of a genteel Canada vs. Denmark conflict -- with booze.
Bits and bobs of recent-ish quirky questions on Ask MetaFilter:
What did historical laydeez think about those codpieces?
Babushka lady behaviour? Examples, real or fictional, of people acting in noticeably strange or incongruous ways during important events or crowd scenes?
I vaaant to be alone! Temporarily deserted places that usually bustle during daylight hours?
No Chuck Tingle? What is the weirdest book in the history of English literature?
Not quite myself today. Is my body composed of a different set of atoms from when I was born?
AskMe recommends movies, books and places that are bad, weird, or fun: Most obscure bad movies?
Ever wonder what a "nor'easter" is? Check out the great answers from Seymour Zamboni, plastic_animals, and weathergal in rules of thumb for weather patterns in the USA.
Different cultures also have their own languages of flower-meanings. Plus some cool info from sukeban on how new imported flowers like roses made their way into kimono designs in the late 19th century.
Did you see the new photos from the formerly-hidden-from-visitors North Korean subway system?