Culture & Traditions

Cultures and Traditions takes a look at how people interact with each other. This might be through sub-cultures, relationships, fads or religion and spirituality.


The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?

Motivational speakers like Tony Robbins charge exorbitant sums for fans to hear them speak. What draws people to them and how do they keep the attention of thousands?

Yoga with cats, dogs and even baby goats is all the rage today. What is it about animals that makes the Zen process so much more profound?

How do you keep 75,000 metalheads sufficiently beered? A pipeline, naturally.

Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of ancient Egyptians using mummy DNA, and unexpected data show significant differences from modern Egyptians.

Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy that is now enjoying a renaissance. And practitioners aren't trying to be like Mr. Spock. Stoicism means far more than not showing emotion.

While anti-miscegenation laws weren't unique to the United States, they also weren't common.

There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?

Critics worry that when you send your DNA to Ancestry.com for personal analysis it can be used for nefarious purposes.

Some have seen benefits in their treatment of children, but scientific evidence remains short.

Much mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, including the true identity of the man who commissioned them to be built.

A disappearing sport survives in a handful of mud-caked South Asian gyms specializing in a unique style of wrestling.

From nail polish to lipstick, cosmetics have long been markers of social standing.

Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.

There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.

A new study found conservatives more often interrupted liberals, and that the frequency of "manterrupting" has increased along with the number of women on the court.

Yep, we're talking about folks acting out real equestrian rides on their not-so-real steeds.

Did ancient humans eat neighbors for nutrition? One archaeologist calculated just how much energy different human body parts contain.

Rumors abound about Satanism. Its adherents are often portrayed as evil, bloodthirsty deviants in popular culture. But that's a mischaracterization of the philosophy of Satanists.

Known as a peruke, the formal wig has been a tradition for centuries. But why did barristers start wearing wigs? And why does it persist into modernity?

There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.

Dating isn't always easy. Fortunately, we've got apps that make finding partners with peculiar interests a breeze.

Forget worms and chum. The next time you go fishing, go fly a kite.

Speaking a country's native language counts for a lot — even more than birthplace — when it comes to national identity, according to a new Pew survey.

Binge-watch, photobomb, Seussian and safe space: Got it! But santoku and bokeh? Pareidolia and snollygoster?