John Donovan

Contributing Writer

John is a freelance writer based in the suburbs of Atlanta. A longtime sports scribe with too much time covering college sports, the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball, he now writes on science, health, history, current events and whatever other weird non-sports stories that he and the editors at HowStuffWorks dream up. He has a journalism degree from Arizona State, a wife, a son, a dog that sheds too much and a bad case of eyestrain.

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The world boasts about 7,000 languages. Close to half are threatened with extinction.

Sales of bidets are up in the U.S. Could they finally make a splash in a country that's mostly resisted them?

A county-by-county analysis predicts climate change's economic and agricultural impacts, days above 95 degrees F, and even violent crime.

Health care spending in America goes up enormously every year. Yet just a small number of people account for most of the money. Why is this and how can we rein that in?

The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?

Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy that is now enjoying a renaissance. And practitioners aren't trying to be like Mr. Spock. Stoicism means far more than not showing emotion.

And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.

We've all performed this social ritual thousands of times but, as it turns out, there's a right way and a wrong way to shake hands. A psychologist who has studied the art and psychology behind handshakes explains.

Think people who do things like jump out of a plane in a kayak have a death wish? A small 2017 study suggests otherwise.

The MOAB is the largest nonnuclear bomb ever used by the U.S. So what makes it OK to drop this bomb and not a nuclear warhead? We dive in to find out.

Play the bump game at your own peril.

It's hard to be a night owl in an early bird world, especially when your genes are working against you.

The intelligence community has been keeping the U.S. president up to date on world events since 1946 with the President's Daily Brief. Why would a president skip it?

Forget caroling, feasting and having any sort of fun at all on "Foolstide," the catchy but hateful nickname some Puritans gave Christmas in the New World.

If you're all about taking money from rich people who don't want to cough up their dough, the Wealth Squad is where it's at.

Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.

You may love the burn of food that's triple Thai hot, but do your poor taste buds?

Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?

The election's over. Both Trump and Clinton have called for people to 'come together' and 'go forward together.' Could that happen, especially with lawmakers?

With the right diagnosis and in the right doses, the right stimulant can do what it sounds like it shouldn’t: Keep the overstimulated calm and cool.