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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Explore the second toe longer than big toe superstition. Discover its significance, cultural beliefs, and interpretations.

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Explore the miraculous phenomenon of Incorruptible Saints, whose bodies defy decay after death. Dive into the history, significance, and mysteries surrounding these holy figures.

By Josh Clark

Incorruptible bodies -- corpses that don't decay -- are a scientific mystery. Read why incorruptible bodies are hard to explain and where to find them.

By Josh Clark

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The poinsettia's flame-red leaves are a staple in holiday decorations. But how did a plant indigenous to tropical climates end up on mantels in North America?

By Sam Abramson

Discover the beauty of poinsettias this Christmas season. Elevate your festive décor with vibrant colors and timeless elegance. The perfect holiday touch!

By Sam Abramson

Discover the intriguing meaning behind right eye twitching superstitions. Uncover cultural beliefs and facts about this phenomenon.

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Explore the intriguing female superstition of right foot itching. Uncover cultural beliefs and meanings. Discover more about right foot itching.

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Discover the belief in bird poop good luck. Explore cultural superstitions and meanings. Unveil the positive side of avian encounters.

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Explore left foot itching female superstition. Uncover cultural beliefs and meanings. Discover the intriguing world of left foot itching.

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Explore the intriguing nose itching superstition. Uncover cultural beliefs and meanings. Delve into the world of superstitious nose itching.

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Discover the intriguing itchy palms superstition. Uncover cultural meanings and beliefs. Explore the world of superstitious palm itching.

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Explore the meaning of the dead bird omen. Uncover beliefs and interpretations. Delve into the symbolism behind encountering deceased birds.

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Explore the captivating world of folklore. Discover origins, myths, and cultural tales. Unravel the essence of What is Folklore in a single click.

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Explore profound Crow Symbolism. Unveil meanings & cultural significance. Delve into the mystical world of Crow Symbolism.

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Many struggle over what to say when someone dies. Comforting a loved one during a difficult time can be hard, especially if you can't express your condolences in person. Here are our suggestions.

By Alia Hoyt

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Some months are bursting with popular birthdates and others are stone cold out of the picture. Which are the most and least popular birthdays and why?

By Alia Hoyt

Located on Mount Fanjing in China, the Temple of the Buddha and Maitreya Temple sit impossibly atop a spindly rock formation, more than 7,600 feet (2,336 meters) above sea level.

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

English may be the most spoken language in the world, but it wasn't always. So who started speaking it first?

By Ad Putter

It's a curious West Point graduation tradition – a special award is presented to the cadet who has the lowest GPA. But West Point graduates are proud to get it. Here's why.

By Dave Roos

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There are plenty of examples of people being caught red-handed in real life. But what does it really mean?

By Laurie L. Dove

British slang is known to contain some of the most colorful colloquialisms in the world, so queue up as we bandy about a few cheeky ones.

By Alia Hoyt

The word "hack" has evolved so much over time that, instead of suggesting a shadowy criminal act, it now means you've found the very best way to do something.

By Jesslyn Shields

Mood rings were an extremely popular fad in the 1970s. How do they change color, and can they really tell your mood?

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There are no books at this library; instead you check out people. Why? To talk to them and help shatter the stereotypes that divide us.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Surely you've heard the phrase before. You've probably used it. But where did it come from and what is the meaning behind it?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler