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.

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What's the Difference Between Misogyny and Sexism?

The two terms are often used interchangeably, though they have distinct meanings. We'll explain how they're different.

How Fish and Chips Became England's National Dish

How exactly did these two fried friends get together and become so beloved in the U.K.? Like many a national cuisine, its roots started in faraway lands.

The History and Symbolism of the U.S. Presidential Seal

You've seen the presidential seal whenever you've heard a U.S. president formally speak, but do you know its history and significance?

How One Woman Unexpectedly Became the Voice of Siri

Atlanta's Susan Bennett never knew she was primed to become one of the world's most famous voices until Siri first debuted on American iPhones in 2011.

How Punk Works

There's a fascinating story behind how punk, both the music and the cultural movement, spanned the globe, becoming way more than just a sound and a mohawk.

There's More Than One Way to Be Monogamous

We all think we know what it means, but is it possible that monogamy is a bit more complicated than we think it is?

Don't Come Up Short: The Ultimate Abbreviations Quiz

Abbreviations are supposed to make things easier, but when people misuse or misunderstand them they often do just the opposite. How well do you know these commonly flubbed abbreviations?

The Law of Attraction: Will the Universe Give You What You Want?

Many people are attracted to the principles behind the Law of Attraction as one way to have a better life. But does it really work?

Bastille Day: The French Holiday Celebrating Peace and Revolution

The July 14 holiday celebrated by the French is way more complicated than the term "Bastille Day" might suggest.

14 Fantastic Facts About the Fourth of July

Which three presidents died on July 4? What's the Horribles Parade? And, should America be celebrating on July 2 instead?

Zozobra: Santa Fe's Yearly Incineration of Sorrows

Every year, the city of Santa Fe collectively shouts "Burn him!" and sets fire to Zozobra, "the enemy of all that is good."

'Gender-friendly' Tips For a Nonbinary World

Our daily language is often geared for a world that recognizes people as either male or female. But with our growing recognition that not everyone falls into these categories, how can we speak more gender-inclusively?

Do You Have to Pull Over for a Funeral Procession?

Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.

How Pentecostal Churches Took Over the World

In about 100 years, Pentecostalism went from a startup renewal movement to the second-largest Christian denomination in the world, bested only by Catholics. What caused that astonishing rise?

Hey Dad! The Famous Fathers Quiz

"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad" is a famous quote by baseball player Wade Boggs and lots of men have passed both tests. Learn more about these famous fathers and their offspring with our quiz.

Nameless But Never Forgotten: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The soldiers who stand vigil over the Tomb are the Sentinels of The Old Guard, a hand-picked group dedicated to honoring the memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride, Parades and Progress

June 2019 marks 50 years of the colorful, joyous celebratory parades that have come to symbolize LGBTQ+ rights, pride and power.

The Memorable Mnemonics Quiz

Mnemonic devices are little tricks — like acronyms and phrases — that help us memorize important info. Our quiz will test your knowledge of everything from geography to music scales. And every single answer has a fun mnemonic attached.

Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation? Sometimes the Line Is Blurry

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery or just another way of causing offense.

Memorial Day in the U.S. Means Way More Than Barbecue

Today Americans mostly celebrate it as the start of summer. But the annual May holiday has a significant history that's worthy of acknowledgment.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: The Mind Can Heal the Body

His theories about the mind's ability to affect the body influenced Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

A Pirate Quiz for Ye Trivia-Lubbers!

Everyone loves a good pirate yarn, but some well-worn stories about them don't align with genuine history. Today, we be quizzin' ye about real pirates, buccaneer fiction, and the scurviest of all holidays. Yarr!

Why Peter A. Browne Bizarrely Collected Hair

Nineteenth century lawyer and naturalist Peter A. Browne put together the world's greatest collection of ... yes, hair. Today, it's valuable for the DNA it contains.

How Cinco de Mayo Works

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is far more popular in the U.S. than in Mexico. Why is that and what does it celebrate?

How the Millennial Generation Works

The millennial generation is steadily increasing in numbers. This group often gets a bad rap from older people, but what's the truth about millennials?


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