Why do white people constantly attempt to steal the culture
of other people? For example, the large number of kids in the
mostly white Midwest attempting to act like rapping gangsters,
or white kids all over the U.S. thinking they are Native Americans?
Are they just confused?
American culture is quite syncretic. That is, it absorbs many
different cultural attributes from within and without. So it's
no surprise to see insecure teenagers from Waukon, Iowa, (for
instance), emulating different subcultures that seem really
cool. (It is interesting to note, however, that inner-city youths
aren't wearing cowboy hats and listening to Brooks and Dunn).
Personally, I think Midwestern youths should be listening to
a little more smooth jazz. MmHmm ... that stuff makes me wanna
-Take it easy,
People in this town drive like morons... what is the best way
to stop people from tailgating me?
The best way to stop someone from tailgating you is to stop.
Stop in the middle of your lane and see how the tailgater reacts.
I bet he goes around you.
-Keep it real,
Groth from the Buzz House
Facts: Dan was elected the "Diver
of 2003" and voted to kick off 2004.
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I think my brother is a transvestite! I was in his apartment
recently and found a bunch of womens clothes in his closet.
I don't think he has a girlfriend however. Should I ask him?
Tell my parents? Spy on him? What should I do without seeming
like I'm invading his lifestyle?
Try this. Dress up like a man you know: top hat, tuxedo, pencilled-in
moustache, etc. then invite your brother over for dinner. Don't
say anything about your outfit and don't answer his inquiries
about it. If he is a transvestite, he may just spill the beans.
As a bonus, you will also discover the awesome power that a
moustache confers on an individual.
-Happy New Year,
I'm writing to see what you can tell me about a problem we had
on Christmas Day. My very obnoxious uncle, who chose to get
very drunk, insulted a friend of mine and called him a derogatory
term. So my friend punched him, knocking him down into my mom's
coffee table, which then broke. As you can imagine, this ruined
Christmas. Now my mom is mad at me and my friend and her brother,
and my uncle wants to sue my friend. I'm in the middle. Any
-Stuck, via email
First, buy a new coffee table for your mom. Then, you should
get a professional mediator to avoid an unnecessary lawsuit
and truly heal
the rifts that have opened up in your family. Only after all
this can you give your uncle the sucker punch he so deserves.