Alison Cooper

Contributing Writer

Alison Cooper has written over 200 articles for HowStuffWorks on topics ranging from foods that will survive the Apocalypse to what makes scary music scary.

Recent Contributions

The transition from middle school to high school marks a pretty exciting time in a child's — and a parent's — life. But it can be scary, too. Discover 10 differences between middle school and high school.

By Alison Cooper

The key to any good apocalypse plan is a stash of foods that are loaded down with additives and preservatives. These five products probably won't survive an atomic blast, true, but you'll be much better off with them than with a crate of broccoli.

By Alison Cooper

Friday the 13th, a black cat crossing your path and a four-leafed clover are all common superstitions. But have you heard about double-yolked eggs?

By Alison Cooper

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The same compounds responsible for ginger's potent taste and smell offer relief to gurgling digestive systems.

By Alison Cooper

If you've ever had a half-frozen beer explode on you, you know that yes, alcohol freezes — but not all types freeze at the same rate. We'll let you in on the secrets to frozen alcoholic delights.

By Alison Cooper

Rumors have surrounded the shocking horse scene in "The Godfather" for years -- did author Mario Puzo make it up, or worse, was it based on a true incident? And where does Frank Sinatra fit in? Read on for the scoop.

By Alison Cooper

Can you really get paid to shop till you drop? Yup — and you may not even have to quit your day job.

By Alison Cooper

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As far as stains go, the ones made by lipstick are a double whammy: They're oil-based and brightly colored, so they're tough to clean and almost impossible to hide. It might take a few tries, but you should be able to banish that stain!

By Alison Cooper

Credit cards come with certain benefits that help protect your personal and financial data when you use them, particularly when shopping online. Do debit cards also protect your sensitive information? Read on for the answer.

By Alison Cooper

Spoiler alert: Light and heat — not your milk's fat content — are what get bacteria excited.

By Alison Cooper

As children grow into adults and begin to have families of their own, parents have to adapt to their revised roles in their adult kids' lives, and changing the way Moms and Dads communicate with their grown kids is a big part of that. Here's how to talk with -- not at -- your adult children.

By Alison Cooper

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Adulthood can sometimes be as challenging and confusing as adolescence -- for both the kids and parents -- so how do you steer your grown children in the right direction? Read our article to find out.

By Alison Cooper

"All-natural" labeling offers a thin slice of reassurance to sandwich lovers who want to avoid nitrites and nitrates. But would deli meat be deli meat without them?

By Alison Cooper

What's that bagged mass in your freezer — and did you really want to eat 12 chicken breasts right now? Here's how to freeze food in serving-size portions.

By Alison Cooper

"Misbehaving periods" doesn't appear on any list of medication side effects, but as many women can attest, menstrual irregularities aren't uncommon when you're taking antibiotics. The culprit may not be the drugs.

By Alison Cooper

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If you want to make an at-home manicure look halfway professional, you need to apply your polish like a pro. But how many coats does that take exactly?

By Alison Cooper

So, you've taken the plunge and splurged on a big bottle of the classic Chanel No. 5. But then a terrible thought suddenly springs to mind. Will this perfume expire?

By Alison Cooper

Why not create your own one-of-a-kind scent for a fraction of the cost of a name brand? We'll walk you through the whole process -- and clue you in to a pretty surprising perfume ingredient.

By Alison Cooper

Moving can be stressful -- maybe even a bit frightening for first-timers. But it doesn't have to be. Having a timeline and a checklist can help.

By Alison Cooper

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Meteorologists have hurricane prediction down to a science, so preparedness should be the same thing too. Find out how to be ready if the big one's coming.

By Alison Cooper & John Perritano

Wands at the ready! Think you know all there is to know about Harry Potter? Take a nip of Felix Felicis and test your wizarding knowledge with this ultimate Harry Potter quiz!

By Alison Cooper

"Dawson's Creek" was a TV show about a group of amazingly self-aware teenagers with impressive vocabularies. How much do you remember about the love triangles and adolescent drama of "Dawson's Creek"?

By Alison Cooper

There have been a lot of famous dog lovers through the years. Can you guess who said what about man's best friend?

By Alison Cooper

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"Top Gun" has a powerhouse soundtrack, as all classic '80s movies should. How high can you score on this quiz about the music of "Top Gun"?

By Alison Cooper

Paul Revere was immortalized in an epic poem that glorified his famous midnight ride in 1775. Can you separate fact from (poetic) fiction when it comes to Paul Revere?

By Alison Cooper