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.


The annual World Gravy Wrestling Championship sees grapplers go head to head in a savory meat sauce on the last Monday each August.

A segment of young men are separating themselves from society out of frustration with the poor economy and a strong feminist ethos.

A new study examines how white nationalists try to rationalize results of DNA-based ancestry tests when their genetic background holds surprises.

Matchmakers have paired up couples for centuries, and it doesn't seem as though laxer social rules and online dating has slackened their market. From traditional shadchans to professional Cupids, what does the modern matchmaker do?

For more than two decades, the town of Malmedy has created a huge omelet, and this year they didn't let an egg scare stop them.

Humans have sought to explain solar eclipses since before the advent of modern science. What curious explanations have we invented?

The myth of the ninja has intrigued the world for centuries. A new Japanese research center is out to solve it.

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.

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?

Surely a level of Hell is reserved for inconsiderate parkers. But can the police actually write them a ticket? Well, it depends...

The Church of Scientology has a short but strange history. What is it all about, and what path are Scientologists following?

As more Chinese people become more religious, an environmental movement based on spiritual stewardship may grow stronger.

Parisians love bread so much that the city used to legally prevent too many bakers from going on vacation at the same time.

What's a Celiac or gluten-intolerant Christian supposed to do?

Sure, we all want to see a picture of the guy with the longest fingernails, but Guinness World Records actually serve a greater purpose.

Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.

The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?

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?

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?

How do you keep 75,000 metalheads sufficiently beered? A pipeline, naturally.

Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of ancient Egyptians using mummy DNA, and unexpected data show significant differences from modern Egyptians.

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.

While anti-miscegenation laws weren't unique to the United States, they also weren't common.

There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?

Critics worry that when you send your DNA to Ancestry.com for personal analysis it can be used for nefarious purposes.