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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Sex Abuse in Catholic Church Blamed on Money, Power Dynamics

Are Catholic priests more prone to becoming sexual predators because they take a vow of chastity? Or was the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the church not unique to the religious institution at all?

6 Punctuation Marks That Don't Exist But Totally Should

Which of these would you like to see on your computer keyboard?

5 Totally Random Things People Drop on New Year's Eve

Times Square may be iconic for ringing in the new year by dropping its ball, but plenty of other locales drop stuff, too, like, say, a giant bologna. Or an opossum.

The Story Behind Those Christmas Carols You Can't Stop Singing

Parson Brown? Yuletide? Do you have a clue what the lyrics of Christmas carols are talking about?

The Many Faces of Santa: From St. Nicholas to Saxy Santa

The legendary jolly figure isn't exactly the same across cultures. In China, Santa totally plays the saxophone.

DNA Tattoos: I’ve Got You Into My Skin

Until now, it would be difficult to find a tattoo artist willing to ink your loved one's DNA into your skin. But times are changing in the tattoo world.

What’s the Relationship Between Chubby Checker and Fats Domino?

Although there's no official record that the late Fats Domino and Chubby Checker ever met, these music legends have common ground.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Throughout the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions, and they all share in the wonder of the season. Learn more about the various Christmas traditions you'll find in countries around the world.

How Megachurches Blurred the Line Between Religion and Riches

Megachurches and prosperity gospel teach parishioners if you pray for it ... it will come.

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Middle names aren't a purely modern invention, so why do we still have them?

How Hazing Works

Hazing is traditionally associated with college pranks, but it's gotten deadlier over the past two decades. It's also spread to high schools and other institutions. What accounts for this increase and why do people allow themselves to be hazed?

5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City may be an iconic symbol of the holidays, but how well do you know this tree-dition?

Why Spellcheck Is So Good and Grammar Check Is So Bad

You were probably used to red squiggles showing up for spelling errors and green ones for grammatical errors in Microsoft Word documents. But why was the red usually right and the green usually wrong?

No Offense: 5 Passive-aggressive Sayings We Can Do Without

You know them. They're the people who act like they're not mad, but really are. They're passive aggressive and say some of these five zingers.

Flameless Cremation Provides Alternative to Burial

More people are opting for cremation over traditional burials and in some states they can choose a water cremation.

How the Sovereign Citizen Movement Works

From claims of secret bank accounts created by the government to exemptions from federal law, sovereign citizen beliefs seem outlandish. But is there any truth to them?

Will Death of Georgia Island Champion Hasten End of a Unique Culture?

Cornelia Bailey was the unofficial historian of Sapelo Island, Georgia, who helped spread the word about its unique Geechee culture. But after recent death, will residents be able to hold on to their heritage?

Who Are the Rohingyas?

They're been living in Myanmar (formerly Burma) since the 12th century, yet they've been persecuted by the Buddhist majority for decades. Here's why.

Boston, New York, Texas: The Origins of These and Other Great American Accents

What does Boston have against the letter R? Why do Minnesotans sometimes drag out the 'O' sound?

Dotard, Slumgullion, and Other Gloriously Archaic Insults

Kim Jong Un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining, out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.

Illustrator Unearths a Forgotten 19th-century Albanian Alphabet

The alphabet's been lost for hundreds of years, but a designer is bringing it back to light with a new digital font dubbed "Albanian Helvetica."

5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us

The Danish people are among the happiest on the planet. Here are 5 reasons why.

How Faith Healing Works

Some turn to faith healing as a last resort when ill, and others rely on it solely to provide a miracle cure. But can it really treat the sick?

Bronze Age Burial Sites Suggest Women Spread Culture More Than Men

Women in the late Stone and early Bronze Ages in Europe probably traveled long distances and spread new ideas and objects, more so than their male counterparts.

Is It 'Theater' or 'Theatre'?

What's the meaning behind how we spell theater and theatre? And does it really matter?