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How Different Cultures Understand Time

Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.

The origins of LGBT Pride Month

The evolving symbol of LGBT activism.

Watch the Festival of Diwali: A Row of Lights

This five-day festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness

America’s Most Dangerous Cities

Crime is everywhere, but the level of violence in these 10 cities reaches entirely new levels.

The Origins of Racist Thought

A young man sat for a self-portrait engraving, pulling open his shirt to reveal his skin: His face was black, as was his torso, except - and this was the draw - for a large white patch. His pants were rolled up too, revealing half-white, half-black legs.

Why Do We Have "Sister Cities"?

We examined the history of sister cities and collected data on their current state. We found an institution that continues to bring former war adversaries together, and explains the diplomatic connections of different parts of the United States. We also learned that sister cities remain surprisingly relevant due to their possible economic benefits.

Pagans, Puritans and the 2,000-year old paradox that is Christmas - Timeline

Bah humbug! Cynics may say it's about commercialism, but we all know the story. Waylaid on her way to Bethlehem, Mary gives birth to a child, angels proclaim his destiny, shepherds adore him, and three wise men make gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The 12 Days of Christmas: the story behind the holiday's most annoying carol

It might seem unbelievable given that the radio has been blasting Christmas tunes since roughly Thanksgiving, but the true Christmas season actually starts on Christmas Day itself. That's right: December 25 marks the official start of the 12 days of Christmas, the Christian tradition that shares its name with a relentlessly stick-in-your-head Christmas carol.