I have been thinking about this 'how come we still use the wheel 10,000 years after its invention?' type question for a couple of years now.
The drop down list so old fashioned, and oldskool, that I wonder why this particular aspect of web design and User Interfacing has continued without deprecation.
It seems to me that most of the web design world has remained oblivious to the fact that drip down lists are extremely buggy and incompatible with touchscreen pcs and with mobile touchscreen devices, and tend to skip and jump to anywhere except where one is trying to select, resulting in a very stone age experience for the end user.
Hence, i have conceived of various ideas, which are inspired by mind maps, and the current java/Json based newsletter signup popups which are being implemented by most major websites.
Instead of having a drop down selector, one could have a menu button that opens a lightroom type popup with a mind-map like interface - by this, i mean a popup with round (or any shape you want) colored spots (or explanatory icons if needed, depending on what is to be selected)
this would then stop the scrolling and skip effect, and allow selection with a smooth non clicky experience, that has a soft and smooth flow to it.
You could use clock for times, a calendar for dates, images of pizza toppings for food selection, a map of the area for geographical locations (connect to google maps) or whatever your imagination can conceive of to display and explain the function of each selector.
Visual imagery instead of text, would also solve the multilingual problem