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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Predictive Programming, or When Movies 'Predict' Real Events

Have you ever felt like a movie or TV show eerily predicted an actual event? There's a name for that.

Alex Jones and InfoWars: Fact or Tinfoil Fiction?

InfoWars publisher Alex Jones has millions of followers. He regularly espouses conspiratorial stories. Are they fact or fiction?

Arlington National Cemetery Is Running Out of Space

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.

Tulpas: Thoughts That Can Come Alive

Imaginary friends have nothing on tulpas. These are "entities" people believe will to life in their minds — complete with feelings, thoughts and experiences.

How the Alphabet May Have Destroyed Goddesses

Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?

Famous Mothers Quiz

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.

Millennials Are Making Birthday Cards a Thing Again

Despite the overall slump in greeting card sales, millennials are surprisingly drawn to cards and their low-tech charms.

Dunbar's Got Your Friendship Number

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 Sam Hill'? 5 Ways Your Grandma Used to Swear

What in the world did Grandma mean when she used words like "tarnation"?

Is Technology Driving a New Era of Cults?

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?

10 Ways Americans and Europeans Differ

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.

How New Religions Take Root

What moves a spiritual movement or religious sect to the big time is more predictable than you'd think.

The People of Martha's Vineyard Once Shared a Sign Language

And everyone used it, not just the local deaf community.

What Is Black Twitter?

How has this Twitter subculture brought about social change?

There's a Healthier Way to Consume Your Media

Are you over-ingesting on media? Perhaps an overhaul of your "media diet" is in order.

A Quick and Dirty History of Spring Break

How did spring break become a booze-fueled rite of passage for American college students? Can we blame this one on the ancient Greeks?

Mansplain, Dumpster Fire: The Dictionary Just Got (850 Words) Bigger

Merriam-Webster added 850 new words to its popular online dictionary. Learn which words the dictionary added for 2018.

Why Rudeness Is So Contagious

Rudeness is not just a personal annoyance. It can actually affect health and safety. Why is that? And why do we replay a rude interaction over and over in our heads?

What's the Deal with Saudi Arabia's Sudden 'Revolution'?

Mohammed bin Salman seems to be modernizing the Middle Eastern country, but is it for real, or is it just for show?

Common-law Marriage and Divorce Differ by State

Been together for years and assume you are common-law married? Better check the law in your state.

Nearly Every English Word Is Trademarked

How could we run out of trademarked words? It sounds impossible, but it's growing more and more likely.

State-funded Funerals: What Happens to the Unclaimed Dead?

Cities have protocols for making sure everyone — even the nameless — has an eternal resting place.

Cake, Candles and Check: Who Pays the Birthday Dinner Bill?

It doesn't get more awkward than the check arriving and no one knows who's paying for what. Is it rude to expect birthday guests to pay for their own meal?

Museum of Broken Relationships Houses Heartache

Is your heart broken? There is a place that will house its souvenirs.

How the Prosperity Gospel Works

The prosperity gospel is one of the most popular forms of Christianity in the entire world. But where did it come from and how did it get so big? And why do critics say it gives a false picture of Christianity?


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