Human Subcultures

Subcultures are a variety of cultures and sub-groups that become part of society. Learn more about sub-cultures like Geisha, the Amish, Freegans or the Mafia.

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Jim Roberts and the Cult of the Garbage Eaters

Who is Jim Roberts and the people who fervently follow his doomsday prophecies?

On One Pacific Island, a U.S. Soldier and Prince Philip Are Gods

They're worshipped by 'cargo cults' on the Pacific Island of Tanna. What can their ideals tell us about our own political and social beliefs?

Alone in the Amazon: The Last of His Tribe

A solitary man with a mysterious, but certainly horrific, past goes about his business in the Amazonian jungle. He's the last of his kind.

Is Technology Driving a New Era of Cults?

Bentinho Massaro, aka the Tech Bro Guru, has more than 300,000 followers. But is he preaching the truth or are his believers just being duped?

What Is Black Twitter?

How has this Twitter subculture brought about social change?

How the Sovereign Citizen Movement Works

From claims of secret bank accounts created by the government to exemptions from federal law, sovereign citizen beliefs seem outlandish. But is there any truth to them?

State Laws Still Allow Child Marriage in America

Children as young as 10 are being married (or forced into marriage) in the United States. And it's perfectly legal.

New Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction

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

Heavy Metal Berserkers Install Beer Pipeline to Supply Music Festival

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

There's More to Cannibalism Than Just People Eating People

Cannibalism? Anthropophagy, if you prefer? There's more nuance when it comes to consumption of human flesh than you might imagine.

How Feral Children Work

The life of a feral child isn't all swashbuckling Tarzan-and-Jane, but for some children, it's a better alternative than the lives they left behind.

Metalheads Survived the '80s, and They’re Doing Fine

Heavy metal music of the 1980s promoted sex, drugs, devils and doom — yet surviving middle-aged fans are actually happy and well-adjusted, with few regrets.

Exploring the World of Mail-order Marriages

While the headlines usually focus on tales of abuse and scams, the reality is more humdrum — and heartbreaking.

Geekdom Is on the Rise

FanBolt founder Emma Loggins and Farrago Comics co-founder Martin Fleischmann talk about what it means to be a geek.

Still Riding the Rails: Life as a Modern Hobo

Maybe you thought hobos disappeared along with the Great Depression. But some folks are still living the life — albeit only part-time and without a bindle on a stick.

Is Negativity Fashionable in Fandom?

You’ve likely heard plenty of “Star Wars” fans say they hate the prequels, but those films were huge box office successes. It it simply vogue to hate the thing you love?

How Deprogramming Works

Did the controversial practice of cult deprogramming do more harm than good? Find out.

How Star Wars Works: Star Wars Celebration 2015

Star Wars Celebration is a fan convention unlike any other, because it's all Star Wars, all the time. Grab your lightsaber and come along for the ride as we look at the HowStuffWorks team's time in Anaheim, California for the 2015 show.

How Star Wars Works: Bringing Fans Together

A convention doesn't just magically happen - a dedicated team has to organize and arrange all of the vendors, panels and logistics. Matt, Rich and Brian from ReedPop talk about the work they put in to create the ultimate fan experience.

HowStuffWorks Interviews: Booth Babes with Angie & Chris Duplis

Booth babes are controversial, but have you ever met the people behind the costumes? Find out what it's really like to work at a trade show as a booth actor.

How Star Wars Works: The Ultimate Star Wars Collection with Steve Sansweet

We met with Steve Sansweet at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim to discuss his history with Star Wars and collecting, and find out how Rancho Obi-Wan came to be.

HowStuffWorks: 10 Con Survival Tips

Attending your first con? We've got you covered with 10 essential con survival tips!

HowStuffWorks: The 10 Best Star Wars Outfits of Dragon Con

A short time ago at a convention not so far away... it's the 10 best Star Wars outfits of Dragon Con 2014!

HowStuffWorks: Dragon Con's Most Eye-Popping Sights

Enjoy some of our favorite mind-blowing sights from Dragon Con 2014!

HowStuffWorks: How the WWE Experience Works

The WWE Experience draws many every year. Learn more about the WWE Experience in this video from HowStuffWorks.com.


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