Carrie Tatro is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA, who has been on board with HowStuffWorks since January 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Lit with a minor in journalism from Georgia State University. A seminary drop-out, her favorite theologians are Flannery O’Connor, David Sedaris and Alan Watts, who nailed it when he said, “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
Carrie worked as a technical writer in Communications at the Georgia Tech Research Institute for several years before moving on to pursue her passion for books. She became the manager and buyer for a large collectible bookstore where she honed her skills and went on to enjoy 15 years as an independent bookseller, specializing in rare and out of print books.
Carrie lives with her husband, George, and a mellow Harrier hound named Rosie, in an old house full of books, folk art and second-hand furniture. She enjoys trail walking and is learning to play the ukulele.
A sudden (or subsequent) temporary upsurge of grief, or STUG, can knock you off your feet and leave you in a puddle, but being aware of it can lessen its power.
Biochemically like a heron and anatomically similar to a pelican, the shoebill stork has been called "Monsterface" and even "Death Pelican." But wait until you hear the staccato rat-a-tat-tat of its booming machine-gun call.
Floriography — the association of flowers with special virtues and sentiments — has been a practice from antiquity to the present day.
Believed to have operated between 1821 and 1861, the Saltwater Underground Railroad refers to the coastal escape route followed by fugitive slaves into the British-controlled Bahamas.
Yes – it could happen to you, good person. KABOOM! It's fairly rare, but a potentially catastrophic rind failure lurks under the green-striped shell of every seemingly innocent watermelon in the produce aisle.
Award-winning poet and fiction writer Mary Soon Lee has found a charming way to combine science and poetry in a refreshing new take on the periodic table of elements.
Frederick Douglass' pivotal 19th century abolitionist newspaper has been relaunched for a 21st century audience.
We hold our nose and investigate.
Are you really sure you want to know?
The last vestiges of America's early transcontinental airmail beacon system still exist as giant arrows across the landscape.
Who hasn't had their delicious green guac turn into brown slime overnight? Here's how to save it.
We spend millions on dishwashing detergents every year, but how necessary is soap to the cleanliness of our dishes?
Love your sexy red-soled Louboutins? Did you know that way before they came along, high heels were worn by men as a sign of power and privilege?
The images of our ancestors are locked away and disappearing on tarnished silver plates. Scientists have found a way to bring them back to life.
The intent of Right to Try is to make the process of obtaining last-ditch, potentially life-saving drugs easier for terminally ill patients by avoiding FDA strictures altogether.
Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.
A new app analyzes air pollution and its equivalence to cigarette smoking.
The FDA already has a program that does almost exactly the same thing for patients, but is anyone aware of it?
Yep – cockroach milk is being touted in some circles as the next non-dairy milk substitute. But, seriously, OMG.
Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections pose a grave danger to the health of millions of people every year. Phage therapy may provide a solution.