Christopher Hassiotis

Christopher Hassiotis was a former editor at HowStuffWorks who wrote over 100 articles on topics ranging from jaguars to coffee. He is currently an executive producer and director of business development at iHeartMedia Podcast Network. He holds a B.A. in religion from the University of Georgia and was a city editor at Zagat.

Recent Contributions

It's a celestial gift in the middle of August. Just look up for a spectacular sight.

By Christopher Hassiotis

We revisit the idea that a genetic variation may affect how quickly the body breaks down caffeine, affecting the frequency of a certain craving.

By Christopher Hassiotis

Times Square may be iconic for ringing in the new year by dropping its ball, but plenty of other locales drop stuff, too, like, say, a giant bologna. Or a red high-heeled shoe.

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Check your chicken's earlobes (yes!) to know what color eggs you'll get.

By Christopher Hassiotis

The 20-year-old athlete became the first woman to enter the marathon, and officials tried to physically stop her. They couldn't.

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The Geminid meteor shower is one of the year's stronger displays in terms of number and size of meteors. When's the best time to see it?

By Christopher Hassiotis

A study identified a scary way that eating grilled food could damage your body, and it's really no fun at all.

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Could we be headed for a concrete jungle with less CO2 emissions?

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A group of scientists are suggesting that panspermia may be responsible for the Cambrian Explosion millions of years ago – the time when most major animal groups appear in the fossil record.

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And it turns out their strange discovery has a straightforward explanation: copper.

By Christopher Hassiotis

James Harrison's blood contains a rare and powerful antibody that's saved millions of Australian babies. Now, at age 81, after donating 1,173 times, he's hoping someone else will pick up where he left off.

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If a microwave's your only option, could you make it work?

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Scientists have found that chemicals in some sunscreens can cause coral bleaching, prompting the Hawaii state legislature to propose an exhaustive ban on them.

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We may not be able to hear infrasound, but we sure can use it to detect tornadoes.

By Christopher Hassiotis

The pelican spider would just as soon eat another spider as look at one.

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Parson Brown? Yuletide? Do you have a clue what the lyrics of Christmas carols are talking about?

By Christopher Hassiotis

Kim Jong Un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining, out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.

By Christopher Hassiotis

The annual World Gravy Wrestling Championship sees grapplers go head to head in a savory meat sauce on the last Monday each August.

By Christopher Hassiotis

These historical images remind us that marvel and awe go hand-in-hand with science (and eclipses), and have been a part of the human experience for as long as we've been a species.

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For more than two decades, the town of Malmedy has created a huge omelet, and this year they didn't let an egg scare stop them.

By Christopher Hassiotis

Check out this video of what astronauts in space see as the shadow of the moon crosses our planet.

By Christopher Hassiotis

Accidentally tripping on and discovering the fossilized skull of an extinct giant elephant seems like a 9-year-old's dream come true.

By Christopher Hassiotis

Twice the size of Hong Kong, this iceberg is the product of a huge crack that developed across the ice shelf.

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Covfefe isn't as mysterious as everyone makes it out to be. We're here to explain.

By Christopher Hassiotis

A disappearing sport survives in a handful of mud-caked South Asian gyms specializing in a unique style of wrestling.

By Christopher Hassiotis