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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What's the story behind the acronym R.S.V.P.? And what is the proper etiquette when you get an invitation that requests you R.S.V.P.?

By Sarah Gleim

Learn all about the springtime celebration of Easter, from its origins to the (often wacky) worldwide variations in its observance.

By John Airey

Someone told me that if there are 20 people in a room, there's a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. How can such a small group have two people with the same birthday in it?

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It's a Scottish phrase sung all over the world on New Year's Eve, but what does it really mean?

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1999, Hawaii was one of the last places to celebrate the new year that year. Where was the first place to celebrate the new year that night? Find out in this article.

When did the Valentine's Day frenzy begin? Was there really a saint named "Valentine"? Why the flowers and chocolate? Learn all about the origins and symbols of Valentine's Day.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

A fascinating article that explains the techniques and science behind verbal self-defense!

By Suzette Haden Elgin

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Have you ever been standing in your living room with a strand of Christmas lights that just won't work? We'll explain why this happens and how one bad bulb can spoil the whole bunch.

By Marshall Brain