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 History of Makeup Is Surprisingly Elitist
5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us
Dotard, Slumgullion, and Other Gloriously Archaic Insults
The Movement That Has Men Dropping Out of Society in a 'Sexodus'
5 Summertime Family Traditions
Humanity's Eclipse Superstitions Are Weird and Fascinating
For White Nationalists, Genetic Ancestry Tests Challenge Concepts of Identity and Purity
Nope, Boomers and Xers Don’t Work Harder Than Millennials
Ridiculous History: When the Puritans Said 'Bah Humbug' to Christmas in America
Korea's Haenyeo Female Freedivers Brave Freezing Waters and a Changing Culture
How Matchmakers Work
How Faith Healing Works
State Laws Still Allow Child Marriage in America
We Love What John Oliver Just Said About Science
The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?
By John Donovan Jun 30, 2017
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?
By Michelle Konstantinovsky
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?
By John Perritano Jun 16, 2017
How do you keep 75,000 metalheads sufficiently beered? A pipeline, naturally.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 16, 2017
Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of ancient Egyptians using mummy DNA, and unexpected data show significant differences from modern Egyptians.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 15, 2017
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.
By John Donovan
While anti-miscegenation laws weren't unique to the United States, they also weren't common.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 12, 2017
There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?
By Dave Roos Jun 9, 2017
Critics worry that when you send your DNA to Ancestry.com for personal analysis it can be used for nefarious purposes.
By Dave Roos Jun 6, 2017
Some have seen benefits in their treatment of children, but scientific evidence remains short.
By Alia Hoyt May 30, 2017
Much mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, including the true identity of the man who commissioned them to be built.
By Diana Brown May 23, 2017
A disappearing sport survives in a handful of mud-caked South Asian gyms specializing in a unique style of wrestling.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 17, 2017
From nail polish to lipstick, cosmetics have long been markers of social standing.
By Kate Kershner May 12, 2017
Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.
By Dave Roos May 4, 2017
There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 27, 2017
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 24, 2017
Yep, we're talking about folks acting out real equestrian rides on their not-so-real steeds.
By Kate Kershner Apr 24, 2017
Did ancient humans eat neighbors for nutrition? One archaeologist calculated just how much energy different human body parts contain.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 18, 2017
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.
By Ed Grabianowski
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?
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 17, 2017
There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 5, 2017
Dating isn't always easy. Fortunately, we've got apps that make finding partners with peculiar interests a breeze.
By Kate Kershner Mar 10, 2017
Forget worms and chum. The next time you go fishing, go fly a kite.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 7, 2017
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.
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
Binge-watch, photobomb, Seussian and safe space: Got it! But santoku and bokeh? Pareidolia and snollygoster?
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 13, 2017
The Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album!
Scientists Seek Citizen Help to Map Nov. 5 King Tide Sea Levels
Organic Farms Could Help Fight Climate Change