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Strange Customs & Rituals

Relationships
637k 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...
Customs & Rituals
321k 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...
Birthdays
835 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...
Weird
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...
Customs & Rituals
319.4k 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...
Culture
10.5k 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...
Explainer
254.7k 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 ...
Weird
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...
Birthdays
55 voters11 Facts About The History Of Popular Birthday Traditions That Take The CakeAt a certain point in life, the joy of a birthday may lose a little something, but even when that happens, you may not be able to ...
Whoa Facts
158.4k 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...
USA
276.6k 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...
Culture
48.6k 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...
Culture
60k 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...
Travel
551.5k 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...
WTF
16.8k 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
28.3k 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 ...
Culture
52.4k 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
22.5k 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...
Customs & Rituals
493 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 ...
Culture
10.4k 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 ...