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
Yep, we're talking about folks acting out real equestrian rides on their not-so-real steeds.
By Kate Kershner Apr 24, 2017
Did ancient humans eat neighbors for nutrition? One archaeologist calculated just how much energy different human body parts contain.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 18, 2017
Rumors abound about Satanism. Its adherents are often portrayed as evil, bloodthirsty deviants in popular culture. But that's a mischaracterization of the philosophy of Satanists.
By Ed Grabianowski
Known as a peruke, the formal wig has been a tradition for centuries. But why did barristers start wearing wigs? And why does it persist into modernity?
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 17, 2017
There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 5, 2017
Dating isn't always easy. Fortunately, we've got apps that make finding partners with peculiar interests a breeze.
By Kate Kershner Mar 10, 2017
Forget worms and chum. The next time you go fishing, go fly a kite.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 7, 2017
Speaking a country's native language counts for a lot — even more than birthplace — when it comes to national identity, according to a new Pew survey.
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
Binge-watch, photobomb, Seussian and safe space: Got it! But santoku and bokeh? Pareidolia and snollygoster?
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 13, 2017
"Flower's For Sale!" "Happy Birthday from the Smith's!" Why do we commit these apostrophe abuses, and how can we stop them?
By Alia Hoyt Jan 24, 2017
Researchers set out to determine whether times of economic hardship made parents feel the need to fit in or stand out.
By Shelley Danzy Jan 23, 2017
Don't ever assume something will last forever. A lot of folks once thought these 10 things would never become obsolete.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
Turning 20 means Japanese youth gain the responsibilities and rights of adulthood, including voting and drinking alcohol. How do they mark the occasion?
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 9, 2017
Forget caroling, feasting and having any sort of fun at all on "Foolstide," the catchy but hateful nickname some Puritans gave Christmas in the New World.
By John Donovan Dec 12, 2016
Whether it's the Nativity display in the public square, the store clerk who says "Happy Holidays" or the tacky holiday sweater, there's something to offend everyone in the season of goodwill.
Writer Robert Lamb wonders if the unblinking, judging eye of elfin surveillance is such a great idea.
By Robert Lamb Dec 8, 2016
Get your ugly holiday sweater fill in one go with these nine horrid knits.
By Yves Jeffcoat Dec 6, 2016
Experts and parents are divided on whether to encourage children's belief in Santa Claus.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 5, 2016
Silent meditation retreats abound. What’s it really like to keep quiet for so long?
By Kate Kershner Nov 28, 2016
The uniquely American church-sponsored scarefests aim to present a frightening vision of a life without their brand of religious salvation.
By Chris Opfer Oct 28, 2016
For centuries, ghosts have wed in China. Why did the practice start, and how is it possible that it's still around today?
By Robert Lamb Oct 28, 2016
Haunted houses have an arsenal of scare tactics they deploy depending on who darkens their doors.
By Dave Roos Oct 27, 2016
In 2016 the princess has been dethroned as the top choice for children dressing up on the sweet and spooky holiday. Which costumes top the list for people of all ages?
By Yves Jeffcoat Oct 26, 2016
Can a Halloween attraction be sued for being too scary? It's already happened. When else did attractions get out of control — at least for some visitors?
Never mind the generation gap: Here is what’s really going on in the workplace.
By Dave Roos Oct 20, 2016
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?