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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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: A Founder of the New Thought Movement

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?

How Do They Determine What Date Easter Will Occur On?

The Easter holiday is on a different date each year. But how is the date determined? Answer: Look to the moon.

Why Do People Eat Dirt?

It's called geophagy and it's a relatively common practice all over the world, but nobody's completely sure why.

How Did 4/20 Become the Stoner's Holiday?

Nope, it's not the police code for marijuana possession. It has a way cooler origin story.

What's the Difference Between Agnosticism and Atheism?

People often think agnostics and atheists believe the same things. Where do their positions overlap and where do they differ?

The Bauhaus Movement Turns 100

Founded by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus is considered one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.

Why Is April 1 a Day to Celebrate Foolishness?

Why is April 1 a day to celebrate foolishness and play pranks on each other? How did this tradition begin?

10 Big Questions About Buddhism, Answered

What's the point of meditation? Are all Buddhists vegetarians and pacifists? What do we misunderstand about Karma? Find out more about Buddhism in our article.

Gibtown: Where Circus Folk Went to Retire

Lobster Boy, Monkey Girl, Emmitt the Alligator-Skinned Man – they all called Gibtown home.

What International Women's Day Is Really All About

March 8th, International Women's Day, has been celebrated around the world for more than a century. So, what are we actually celebrating?

What Is Lent and Why Do Christians Give Up Something For It?

Christians often "give up something for Lent" but why? What is the real reason behind the season?

5 Famous People With Seriously Long Names

If you think celebrity kid names like Apple and North West are odd, at least they're easy to remember. These five famous people have names so long, you couldn't recall them if you had to.

How Mardi Gras Works

Mardi Gras turns New Orleans into a hotbed of fun and reveling. This might make the festival's religious ties rather hard to imagine. So did how Mardi Gras get started?

Weiberfastnacht: The Day German Women Stormed the Ramparts

This historic holiday celebrates the day in 1824 when women decided they simply wouldn't take it anymore.

What Does It Really Mean to Have an 'Existential Crisis'?

An existential crisis is different from anxiety over a really difficult decision or even a case of major depression. It's having the thing that gives your life meaning and structure completely shattered.

Billions Celebrate Lantern Festival Across China

The annual festival of lights signifies the end of Chinese New Year and the beginning of spring.

Forget Thanksgiving! Lunar New Year Sees World's Largest Annual Migration

This mass migration totally dwarfs Thanksgiving travel in the United States.

Get Out the Haggis, It's Burns Night!

This beloved holiday celebrates the poet Robert Burns and is full of whisky, readings and a fat juicy haggis.

10 People With Incredibly Bad Luck

Some people were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others were in the right place, but left at the wrong time. And a few just had bad luck thrust upon them.

Chindogu: The Art of Un-useless Inventions

You know what's totally useless? A pair of umbrellas shoes. But they're so fun you know you want them anyway. Welcome to chindogu.

The Cozy Icelandic Christmas Tradition You’ll Want to Steal

On Christmas Eve, Icelandic families traditionally settle down to a cozy night of exchanging gifts of books and reading. It's all part of jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood.


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