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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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Why do we need heroes?

Since ancient times, people have turned to courageous, larger-than-life champions as sources of inspiration. And even in today's more cynical culture, we still seek them out. Why?


The LGBTQ Rights Movement Quiz

The LGBTQ Rights Movement Quiz

The LGBTQ community has come a long ways since the mid-20th century. Prove how much you know about the LGBTQ rights movement 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 »

Quiz: Are you a true nerd?

Quiz: Are you a true nerd?

Are you a true nerd? If you pride yourself on everything from math proficiency to Star Wars trivia to Rubik's Cube strategies, you just might pass this quiz. 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 »