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Marriage
635.1k viewsThe "Appropriate Ages" For Marriage From Cultures Around The WorldIn the United States, the legal age of consent for marriage depends on the state. The average age is 18 to tie the knot without pa...
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319.5k viewsThe Most Brutal Rites Of Passage To Become A Man In Cultures Around The WorldCrazy rites of passage into manhood have been around for a long time. Throughout history, humans have come up with some pretty biz...
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798 voters12 Intriguing Birthday Traditions From Around The WorldHow do different countries celebrate birthdays? The variety is endless, and the world will never want for either whimsical or sini...
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2.5m viewsStrange Sexual Practices from Cultures Around the WorldIt might be hard to believe, but the notion of sex around the world can be very different depending on where you are. It's not alw...
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317.7k views15 Strange Foreign Customs That Shock AmericansIf you've ever traveled to another country, you know that customs can be extremely different around the world. Sometimes, these ne...
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9.3k viewsEver Wonder Why We Break Wishbones? It Started With An Ancient Civilization That Worshipped ChickensWhy do people break wishbones? The myth of the wishbone has its origins in ancient Etruscan society and its fascination with chick...
Biology
217.4k viewsHow The Catholic Church Castrated Young Boys And Made Them SingThe castrati of 16th-century Rome – singers known for their angelic, falsetto voices equivalent to those of sopranos – were often ...
Travel
1.8m viewsWeird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Countries Other Than The USBathrooms: you’ve got to have them or things get messy immediately. But do you ever think about what restrooms are like in other c...
Magic
148.7k views11 Macabre And Fascinating Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Santeria ReligionMost people probably only know Santeria from the Sublime song of the same name, but it's more than just a song lyric. What is Sant...
Travel
273.6k viewsAmerican Habits and Phrases That Are Rude in Other CountriesNext time you're abroad, watch out for these American habits other countries think are rude. Us Yanks aren't the most popular kids...
History
45.5k viewsWhy And How Peoples Of The Dani Tribe Cut Off Fingers As A Way Of MourningFor peoples of the Dani tribe, finger cutting, or Ikipalin, was a typical mourning practice. Located in a remote area of Papua, Ne...
India
59.3k views10 Sad Facts About the Hindu Custom Sati, in Which Women Practice Self-ImmolationEvery culture has its own way of dealing with death, and exactly how they do it often comes down to that culture's views on the af...
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2.2k votersWeird "Birth Control" Methods from Around the WorldAs long as humans have been having children, they've been taking steps to prevent having children. Long before mass-production of ...
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550.6k viewsOffensive Hand Gestures from Around the WorldCall us uncultured, but one of our favorite things to do is learn all of the offensive hand gestures and dirty slang around the wo...
Weddings
16.3k views9 Bizarre Wedding Traditions From Around The WorldThere are some insanely violent wedding ceremonies and traditions out there, to be sure, and some of them haven't altered with the...
World History
25.6k viewsNavigating The Treacherous Straits Of Elizabethan MannersEngland was the clear winner of the latter half of the 16th century. Flourishing under the reign of their industrious and stylish ...
India
52.0k viewsSuper Interesting Traditions & Practices That Happen On The GangesThe Ganges River is a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, this 1,500-mile stretch of water is one of the most polluted rivers in the ...
Feuds
21.4k viewsEvery Rule In The Code Duello, The Stupidest Way Men Used To Settle BeefFrom the medieval era up until the mid-19th century, dueling was a fixture throughout the “civilized” world. Despite the rule of l...
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458 votersControversial Rules The Government Of Singapore Forces Everyone To FollowSingapore is a wealthy, thriving country in southeast Asia, renowned for its strong economy and beautiful sights, but it also has ...
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9.6k viewsThings You Do In The Western World That Are Considered Weird In Other PlacesIn the US we do hundreds of things every day we believe to be universal. These actions seem so natural it's hard to think someone ...