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.
In the search for a lost monastery in Scotland, archaeologists came across an unexpected find – an ancient stone game board.
Who is Jim Roberts and the people who fervently follow his doomsday prophecies?
They're worshipped by 'cargo cults' on the Pacific Island of Tanna. What can their ideals tell us about our own political and social beliefs?
That plump statue of a 'Laughing Buddha,' often seen in Chinese restaurants, has little to do with the ascetic founder of Buddhism. So how did the two get conflated?
It's oddly comforting and intuitive to think things happen for a reason. And it's something that both creationists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts do.
Love your sexy red-soled Louboutins? Did you know that way before they came along, high heels were worn by men as a sign of power and privilege?
A solitary man with a mysterious, but certainly horrific, past goes about his business in the Amazonian jungle. He's the last of his kind.
Although Muslim-majority countries are often in the news, many people don't know that much about Islam. Here, we answer some often-asked questions about the world's second-largest religion.
How did this natural tic become the signal for so many social expressions?
Have you ever felt like a movie or TV show eerily predicted an actual event? There's a name for that.
InfoWars publisher Alex Jones has millions of followers. He regularly espouses conspiratorial stories. Are they fact or fiction?
The nation's most prominent military burial ground is projected to run out of space as soon as the early 2040s. That may lead to a tightening of restrictions on who is eligible to be interred there.
Imaginary friends have nothing on tulpas. These are "entities" people believe will to life in their minds — complete with feelings, thoughts and experiences.
Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?
Much to the shock of kids everywhere, moms are people too! Take this quiz to test your knowledge of all types of mothers, from record-holders to renowned to notorious.
Despite the overall slump in greeting card sales, millennials are surprisingly drawn to cards and their low-tech charms.
So, you've got 5,000 Facebook friends? Maybe, but not really. There's a quantifiable number of relationships people can successfully maintain, according to evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar.
What in the world did Grandma mean when she used words like "tarnation"?
Bentinho Massaro, aka the Tech Bro Guru, has more than 300,000 followers. But is he preaching the truth or are his believers just being duped?
While most generalizations are gross, Americans who have traveled to Europe probably have noticed that certain practices they take for granted are non-existent there. Likewise, Europeans who visit the U.S. are amazed at some habits Americans have.
What moves a spiritual movement or religious sect to the big time is more predictable than you'd think.
And everyone used it, not just the local deaf community.
How has this Twitter subculture brought about social change?
Are you over-ingesting on media? Perhaps an overhaul of your "media diet" is in order.
How did spring break become a booze-fueled rite of passage for American college students? Can we blame this one on the ancient Greeks?