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Where have you been that seemed "backward" to what you normally do?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7887points) November 3rd, 2010

Or what just seemed completely different from what you know that it seemed backwards? How long did you stay?
What was “backward” about it?

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wundayatta's avatar

I was on the moon, and you couldn’t find a public toilet, anywhere! Do you know what it’s like to soil yourself inside a space suit? Well, pray you never find out!

ucme's avatar

I answered a question in general one time. Delivered with mature precision & elegant poise. I liked it a lot!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Stays at my sister’s old farmhouse when my parents were out of town. The only form of heat was a wood-burning stove, the toilet was an outhouse, no television, and no sugar or salt was allowed except if a recipe called for it.

meiosis's avatar

My mother, who is partially sighted, went to the United States of America, and was staggered to discover that paper money there uses the same size and colour for all the different denominations, leaving her unable to easily tell what notes were what. She thought it was outrageously backward to discriminate against people with vision problems in this way.

It was a few years ago that she made her trip. Is this still the case?

TexasDude's avatar

There is a place called Nebo Mountain near where I go to school.

I’m pretty sure they eat people up there.

ucme's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Don’t take a wrong turn up there…

TexasDude's avatar

@ucme, I see what you did there…

But seriously… a guy up there was arrested for killing his brother because they got in a fight over which one of them “got to sleep with big momma” that night. The kids that live up there don’t go to school either, because the last time the state sent buses up there, the Neboites set tires on fire and rolled them down onto the road.

ucme's avatar

So strictly a no go area then, just a hunch.

TexasDude's avatar

Yeah. My friends and I made the mistake of driving up there once. Some unseen individual tried to drop big rocks and garbage down on our cars. Ironically, there was also a large John Kerry political sign at the very end of the road at the top of the mountain. There were also a bunch of seemingly abandoned campfires burning in the woods all around us. We drove back down that mountain like we’ve never driven before.

ucme's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Maybe they’re just misunderstood. In need of a bit of British hospitality. You know, a nice cup of tea & a spot of croquet…..hoorah!! XD

TexasDude's avatar

@ucme, I’ll pay for your plane ticket if you volunteer to go up there!

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard: Sounds like the perfect spot to hide out from zombies. Maybe the natives are just practicing…

ucme's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard You know, on reflection I think i’ll pass. I’m shit at croquet anyway. Load of hoops & balls, can’t be doing with it.

TexasDude's avatar

@KatawaGrey, you know, you do have a point….
@ucme, ‘tis a shame.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m a guy and use the sun for directions – unless I have a GPS.
I spent some time in Capetown SA and was constantly swapping East and West by mistake. The sun was not where it was supposed to be.

rts486's avatar

Washington DC

ducky_dnl's avatar

Washington D.C. It was so strange and I didn’t like it. Too many people and too liberal for me. I think my family left after three hours. It took us twelve hours to get there. It was kind of a waste of gas and time.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

One of the questions on here – I won’t say which one – but I felt like I was in the twilight zone reading people’s responses and going ‘really, what’s wrong with all of you?’

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir You are actually biting your tongue and not saying what’s on your mind!? That makes me feel like I’m in the twilight zone. LOL JK

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Self_Consuming_Cannibal Yeah, I am capable of many shades of character. You get to know me a bit more, and you’ll see. :)

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I’m looking forward to it (getting to know you).

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Well we shall see if we can find some common ground.

The_Idler's avatar

The USA,

They have unpaved streets and no street-lighting, even in some residential areas.

Also, houses made of wood.

An almost complete lack of public-transport.

Vast areas, even in cities, especially in cities, practically without policing.

A shocking inequality in the distribution of wealth, to the point that the lords and barons stakeholders effectively dictate the course of the nation’s destiny, much to the detriment of the working population.

Living in government housing projects basically means living in poverty.

Also, half the country is so socially backwards that gays & atheists are demonized and ostracised from the “society”.

The theory of evolution is still not accepted.

Everyone is armed, and this makes people feel safe…. from the extremely high rate of homicide and robbery, which clearly has nothing to do with the fact everyone has guns, oh, and from the government!?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I spent some time in Mississippi and everything was so laid back and alot slower than what I was used to.Quite nice,actually :)

KatawaGrey's avatar

This actually reminds me of the time I spent in London. When I was dancing with this one boy, he stayed about a foot away from me when the songs were fast. Every time I tried to get closer, he’d move back. Finally, a slow song came on. Then,was all over me like brown on rice. It was really weird that the dancing between young people was exactly reversed.

The_Idler's avatar

^ Now there’s something I didn’t know about.

But, from my perspective, what’s the point of a fast track, if you’ve got no room to dance? and what’s the point of a slow track, if you’re not getting intimate?

What, are y’all punching eachother in the face when it’s fast, and eyeing eachother up when its slow!?

KatawaGrey's avatar

@The_Idler: In the US, fast dancing consists of, well, to put it delicately, fucking with clothes on. Generally, we slow dance with some space between us. I don’t know why.

Edit to add: Generally, this applies to the under 25 set.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

The middle of the classroom. There were people in back of me, in front, and on both sides. And to add to it I wasn’t near the tv. I try to stick to the sides, back, or near the tv so I know that no one is watching me and so I can watch everyone.

YARNLADY's avatar

I received a free ticket to a lounge act in a casino. There was cigarette smoke all over the place and all the so-called jokes were based entirely on scatological humor or insult comedy. I was not entertained or amused. I stayed long enough to get my two free drinks, and then left.

Kayak8's avatar

@meiosis Couldn’t tell if you had gotten your answer yet. Yes, paper money in the US is still all the same size. There is variety in the size and edge texture of coins to make it easier to discern.

I am from Appalachia so I don’t have a good frame of reference for backward.

meiosis's avatar

Thanks @Kayak8. It seems pretty strange, when a simple change to size and colour would help everybody, not just those with vision problems.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@meiosis There was an interesting thread on Fluther about the proposal of changing US currency (bills) that included a link to samples submitted. I haven’t had any luck finding it. Maybe someone else can, as it provided some pros and cons of changing the color/size. (I believe Jeruba posted the question, but don’t quote me on that.)

Berserker's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard and @ucme

Yeah I was gonna say, that would totally sound like a sweet horror flick. :D Not making light of the situation though. Dudes dropping rocks and garbage on cars is not cool.

Which reminds me of something entirely unrelated for some reason but…long ago, my mom was friends with a woman, and I was friends with their kids. So naturally I went over there. Now these people were dirt poor. (So were we.) But still…this family was odd. The mother stayed with like two dudes, some old dude who just slept on the couch all the time and another who was some uncle or whatever, but he wasn’t the kids’ dad. These people stayed indoor all day drinking beer, and what was odd is that all the windows were covered, so besides a TV, it was always dark in there. And it smelled really BAD.
So I go to the bathroom, and in the toilet there’s this foul mess that wasn’t the kinda mess you’d find in a toilet…I don’t know WHAT it was, but by Satan’s Beard, EW.

They also had like three cats, and the litter box was in the bathroom…full of this weird red sauce stuff and…hundreds of small fish bones. I’m like WTF

I never went over often…because the kids were always playing outside.

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