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.
The History of Makeup Is Surprisingly Elitist
Flameless Cremation Provides Alternative to Burial
Why Spellcheck Is So Good and Grammar Check Is So Bad
The Movement That Has Men Dropping Out of Society in a 'Sexodus'
5 Summertime Family Traditions
Humanity's Eclipse Superstitions Are Weird and Fascinating
For White Nationalists, Genetic Ancestry Tests Challenge Concepts of Identity and Purity
Nope, Boomers and Xers Don’t Work Harder Than Millennials
How Much Will Americans Spend on Thanksgiving This Year?
Korea's Haenyeo Female Freedivers Brave Freezing Waters and a Changing Culture
How Matchmakers Work
How Faith Healing Works
How the Sovereign Citizen Movement Works
We Love What John Oliver Just Said About Science
There's more to the samurai blade than its cinematic drama, and the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast digs into the history and science behind the sword.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 2, 2017
Despite what you might think, everyone has an accent. It just becomes noticeable when it's different from others in the same community. How do accents develop and why is it so hard to lose one?
By Alia Hoyt
Surely a level of Hell is reserved for inconsiderate parkers. But can the police actually write them a ticket? Well, it depends...
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 26, 2017
The Church of Scientology has a short but strange history. What is it all about, and what path are Scientologists following?
By Oisin Curran
As more Chinese people become more religious, an environmental movement based on spiritual stewardship may grow stronger.
By Robert Lamb Jul 18, 2017
Parisians love bread so much that the city used to legally prevent too many bakers from going on vacation at the same time.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 14, 2017
What's a Celiac or gluten-intolerant Christian supposed to do?
By Laurie L. Dove Jul 12, 2017
Sure, we all want to see a picture of the guy with the longest fingernails, but Guinness World Records actually serve a greater purpose.
By Alia Hoyt Jul 12, 2017
Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 10, 2017
The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?
By John Donovan Jun 30, 2017
Motivational speakers like Tony Robbins charge exorbitant sums for fans to hear them speak. What draws people to them and how do they keep the attention of thousands?
By Michelle Konstantinovsky
Yoga with cats, dogs and even baby goats is all the rage today. What is it about animals that makes the Zen process so much more profound?
By John Perritano Jun 16, 2017
How do you keep 75,000 metalheads sufficiently beered? A pipeline, naturally.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 16, 2017
Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of ancient Egyptians using mummy DNA, and unexpected data show significant differences from modern Egyptians.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 15, 2017
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy that is now enjoying a renaissance. And practitioners aren't trying to be like Mr. Spock. Stoicism means far more than not showing emotion.
By John Donovan
While anti-miscegenation laws weren't unique to the United States, they also weren't common.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 12, 2017
There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?
By Dave Roos Jun 9, 2017
Critics worry that when you send your DNA to Ancestry.com for personal analysis it can be used for nefarious purposes.
By Dave Roos Jun 6, 2017
Some have seen benefits in their treatment of children, but scientific evidence remains short.
By Alia Hoyt May 30, 2017
Much mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, including the true identity of the man who commissioned them to be built.
By Diana Brown May 23, 2017
A disappearing sport survives in a handful of mud-caked South Asian gyms specializing in a unique style of wrestling.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 17, 2017
From nail polish to lipstick, cosmetics have long been markers of social standing.
By Kate Kershner May 12, 2017
Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.
By Dave Roos May 4, 2017
There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 27, 2017
A new study found conservatives more often interrupted liberals, and that the frequency of "manterrupting" has increased along with the number of women on the court.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 24, 2017
Robotic Camera Can Scan Entire Sky in Just Three Nights
Meet Violet Jessop — Survivor of Three Shipwrecks
Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Giant Land Crabs?