I grew up in Minnesota, home of a particular passive-aggressive communication style which is summed up nicely by this chart and subsequent comments
. Of particular import is the difference between "that's different" and "that's sure different" (though there isn't mention of "that's real different," which I think means just about the same thing) and examples of Minnesota Enthusiastic Neutral.
Also worth noting is the classic book by sometime A Prairie Home Companion regular Howard Mohr, How to Talk Minnesotan
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posted by larrybob
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Sure, you've heard of Burning Man
, that art festival/intentional community/temporary autonomous zone thing in the desert, but did you know that it has spawned a host of events called regional burns
? As the name implies, these are smaller and mainly draw a local crowd; they operate under a charter from the Burning Man organization and all abide by its Ten Principles
. Most are in North America, but they have crossed the pond with Nowhere
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posted by adamrice
on May 16, 2010 -
My coworker from Buffalo NY brought in a bunch of sponge candy
from back home and I was just about the only one who liked it. You can also make the stuff at home
. Well someone can. Apparently it can only be made in winter, on account of the temperature needing to be just right for the crunchy center to set. Don't let the hot wings steal your glory, sponge candy! Which are also available, rendered in chocolate from the same site.
posted by mzurer
on Jan 5, 2007 -
I like to eat.
Chowhound has regional restaurant message boards with varying degrees of detail. The New York Boards are particularly active with dozens of people offering their favorite soup dumpling purveyor/ramen shack/barbecue hut. What other regional
food sites / online communities have you found?
posted by sfz
on Jul 9, 2001 -