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Subcultures are a variety of cultures and sub-groups that become part of society. Learn more about sub-cultures like Geisha, the Amish, Freegans or the Mafia.

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How Dogfighting Works

Dogfighting has been in the news recently because of the Michael Vick conviction. What exactly is dogfighting and who are the people involved in this cruel and horrific "sport?" Learn about dogfighting in this article.


How Feral Children Work

 How Feral Children Work

For some children, being feral is a better alternative than the lives they left behind. Learn more about feral children at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Deprogramming Works

 How Deprogramming Works

Did the controversial practice of cult deprogramming do more harm than good? Learn about deprogramming at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Zero Population Growth Works

 How Zero Population Growth Works

The goal of zero population growth is to reach a sustainable global birth rate. Explore how zero population growth works and if it is possible. See more »

How Body Branding Works

 How Body Branding Works

What is body branding. Learn how body branding works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Scleral Tattoos Work

 How Scleral Tattoos Work

What is a scleral tattoo? Learn more about scleral tattoos at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Drag Queens Work

 How Drag Queens Work

Drag Queens like RuPaul have made the campy performance a part of mainstream culture. But where did drag originate, and how have drag queens changed? See more »

 What is a hippie?

What is a hippie and how have they influenced our culture. Learn all about hippies in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Standout Nerds of 2011

 10 Standout Nerds of 2011

Sure, there was a time when being labeled 'nerd' was the nadir of uncoolness. But things have changed, and in 2011, these top 10 nerds ruled -- totally. See more »

10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults

 10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults

Infamous cults capture the popular imagination like few other things. Read about 10 of the world's most infamous cults at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Pickup Artists Work

 How Pickup Artists Work

What are the secrets of pickup artists? How can you "sarge" like a pro? Read more about pickup artist at HowStuffWorks. See more »