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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48 Commonly Misspelled Words

If you're headed to the spelling bee, here's a list of words you should have down pat. These words are some of the most common words that people spell incorrectly. Learn 48 commonly misspelled words, only at HowStuffWorks.

17 Favorite Quotes on Creativity

You know genius is all inspiration and perspiration, but it's time to find out what creativity is really about. This list provides some of the most famous quotes that are about creativity and invention. Read 17 favorite quotes on creativity.

15 Oxymorons

Virtual reality. Jumbo shrimp. These phrases have meaning, even though the words contradict each other. These words, whose meanings contradict each other, are called oxymorons, and you may use some of them without thinking about it. See our list of 15 oxymorons for more.

27 American Terms and Their British Equivalents

What do the Brits call cotton candy? Cotton floss, of course. Even though they speak English, our British friends have very different ways of saying certain things. Find 27 American terms and their British equivalents in this handy list.

9 Political Slips of the Tongue

Much to our amusement, politicians sometimes get tongue-tied. See our list of 9 political slips of the tongue by presidents and other leaders, including slips by Ronald Reagan and Al Gore.

20 Memorable Epitaphs

People will remember a life well-lived, but a well-written epitaph will render that person unforgettable. Here are 20 of the wittiest and most memorable epitaphs ever written.

11 Items Sold by Ron Popeil

Ron Popeil has made a name for himself by selling unique and quirky items on TV such as the Veg-O-Matic. Popeil is an inventor who has made millions of dollars selling his products through infomercials. See our list of 11 items sold by Ron Popeil.

8 Funky Fads of the 1970s

The '70s saw some funky fads, like mood rings, disco balls, and roller skates. Explore the funkiest on this list of 8 funky fads of the 1970s.

10 Awesome Fads of the 1980s

"The question isn't 'What are we going to do?' The question is, 'What aren't we going to do?'" said Ferris in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." And that quote pretty much sums up the fads of this decade.

5 Cyber-Chic Fads of the 2000s

Cyber fads such as MySpace and text messaging made large inroads in the 2000s. Learn about the hot cyber-chic fads of the 2000s.

38 Celebrity Siblings

For some people, entertainment is a family business. Check out our list of 38 famous groups of celebrity siblings, which includes last names such as Hilton, Marx, Affleck, Phoenix, and more.

10 Fantastic Fads of the 1990s

We like defining decades by their trends, fads and fashion. The '90s are a little hard to define, because the '80s were so easy to describe, but here are a few fantastic fads that are all '90s, all the way.

18 Hopelessly Devoted Couples

Behind every man is a great woman, or so the saying goes. Read our list of 18 famous hopelessly devoted couples, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and more.

8 Groovy Fads of the 1960s

The 1960s were a groovy time, with fads like the lava lamp and go-go boots making their debut. Find out what the grooviest crazes of the 60s were.

Sept. 10 1953: Swanson Sells First TV dinner

Swanson TV dinners were developed in 1953 when families were watching shows such as "I Love Lucy". Read more about the history of Swanson TV dinners.

Sept. 9: Wonderful Weirdos Day

Wonderful Weirdos Day was created by citizens of Austin, Texas to celebrate personality quirks on September 9. Read more about Wonderful Weirdos Day.

How Speed Dating Works

Speed dating is based on shidduch, an old Jewish tradition of helping young, single Jews meet others in the faith. Today, this matchmaking tool has spread across the world and is tailored to suit a variety of interests. Learn about how speed dating works and if the rules of attraction still apply.

How Dogfighting Works

Dogfighting has been in the news recently because of the Michael Vick conviction. What exactly is dogfighting and who are the people involved in this cruel and horrific "sport?" Learn about dogfighting in this article.

How Geek Chic Works

Geek chic: Is it a style, a trend, a movement, a cultural shift or just a love affair with all things uncool? First off, what is a geek? If you're getting ready to argue about this definition, you might be one of them.

Is 7/7/07 a lucky day?

July 7, 2007 is considered by many people to be one of the luckiest days of the century. Find out what the excitement surrounding 7/7/07 is all about.

July 4 1776: American Independence Day

Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence every year on July 4 with picnics and fireworks. Learn the story behind Independence Day in the United States and how its traditions came about.

Christmas Game: Find Christmas Carols

'Tis the season to enjoy your favorite Christmas carols. Watch a new generation of children explore the Christmas songs you remember like Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The Bikini Makes Its Debut in Paris

When the bikini made its debut at a poolside fashion show in Paris, it scandalized even the models. Find out how the bikini went from shocking fashion no-no to pop culture must-have.

Christmas Trivia

Are you a Christmas fanatic? Test your Christmas trivia knowledge in the areas of songs, movies, traditions and more. Uncover amazing facts as you test your Christmas trivia knowledge.

How Sign Language Works

American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages of study in the United States. Learn about the history of ASL, how it's used and how it differs from other sign languages in the United States and around the world.


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