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The curiosities of customs, religions, customs, and language in the world's population
Curated by Karri McGovern
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Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali: Festival of Lights | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. It's a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps.
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100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea

100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
The beer bottle was tossed into the sea in 1913 and recovered by a fisherman last month. It is thought to be the oldest ever "message in a bottle."
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Ukraine revolution: A tour of former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka's house - Telegraph

Ukraine revolution: A tour of former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka's house - Telegraph | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
The opulent residence of Ukraine's former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka in the village of Gorenichy outside Kiev
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The rise of the 'cholitas'

The rise of the 'cholitas' | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Bolivia's "cholitas" are riding the crest of a resurgence that has seen them transform from being "maids of the middle classes"' to having real clout. But who are they?
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The School That Will Get You a Job

The School That Will Get You a Job | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
A new kind of education shows why four years of high school isn't enough
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How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear.
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Idaho’s the only state where a majority of adult households have no landlines

Idaho’s the only state where a majority of adult households have no landlines | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
A larger share of adults in Idaho have embraced wireless life than in any other state.
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Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history

Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
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The map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US

The map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
For decades, Lady Liberty, mother of exiles, stood watch as millions of immigrants arrived in the U.S. in hope of a better life.
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A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960 | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Social Security Administration data visualized in the most lovely way imaginable
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Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union

Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Phone-call data track the distribution of courtesy (and the lack of it) over recorded conversations. We'd thought better of you, Buckeyes.
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Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.
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Ikea created an insanely detailed report on your morning rituals

Ikea created an insanely detailed report on your morning rituals | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Your morning may not be all that different from others' mornings across the globe, but there are some small distinctions — and Ikea can tell you exactly what they are. This week, Ikea released a...
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Tunisia's Islamic street artist

Tunisia's Islamic street artist | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
After his family was persecuted under Tunisia's ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, street artist Karim Jabbari has found his own way of expressing his thoughts and feelings.
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European word translator: an interactive map

European word translator: an interactive map | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map
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The 10 most important buildings in England: in pictures - Telegraph

The 10 most important buildings in England: in pictures - Telegraph | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Dr Simon Thurley, head of English Heritage, picks the 10 buildings that have changed the face of the country
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Here's Every State's Favorite Band

Here's Every State's Favorite Band | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
This map shows each which artist enjoys the most outsized support in each state.
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In China, ‘Once the Villages Are Gone, the Culture Is Gone’

In China, ‘Once the Villages Are Gone, the Culture Is Gone’ | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Rapid urbanization in China means village life, the bedrock of Chinese culture, is rapidly vanishing, and with it, traditions and history.
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Breakfasts Around the World - Imgur

Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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WATCH: First World Problems Read By Third World Kids

WATCH: First World Problems Read By Third World Kids | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
A new ad campaign from charitable organization Water is Life features Haitian children and adults reading the everyday gripes and minor irritations first world citizens post on Twitter with the popular #FirstWorldProblems hashtag.
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The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul

The BBC's weather bulletin is a cultural phenomenon beloved by seafarers and landlubbers alike.
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This Map Shows The Most Famous Book Set In Every State

This Map Shows The Most Famous Book Set In Every State | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Every state has a book that it is best known for. Here are the most famous books that take place in every state.
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Pain in the ananas: etymology maps

Pain in the ananas: etymology maps | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Who would have thought that the marriage of two tiny little words - pine from the Latin 'pīnus' meaning "sap, juice" and apple from 'apple' meaning "apple" would have split the UK from the rest of the world way back when it was first recorded in...
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Muslims masquerade as Hindus for India jobs

Muslims masquerade as Hindus for India jobs | Cultures of the World | Scoop.it
Facing religious discrimination in the Hindu-dominated job market, many are forced to assume fake identities.
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