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Diana Brown

Diana Brown is a freelance writer for HowStuffWorks and writes mostly for about our podcast Stuff They Don't Want You to Know. She has a B.A. in theater and a minor in creative writing from Georgia State University, and is a writer, performer, and producer of comedy and theater at the nonprofit Twinhead Theatre in Atlanta, where she's executive director. Diana also organizes the annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, where indie, underground and original theater companies showcase their work. She likes reading, cheese and dogs.

Recent Contributions

What Really Happened in Salem Village?

The guys at Stuff They Don't Want You To Know break down some of the myths behind one of the darkest times in the colonies.

Creating Superhumans Through Gene Manipulation and More

Superhuman powers are rare, but some do exist. But what if scientists used gene manipulation to create humans with super strength and abilities in the future — like super soldiers?

Jim Roberts and the Cult of the Garbage Eaters

Who is Jim Roberts and the people who fervently follow his doomsday prophecies?

Do Psychics Ever Really Break the Case?

Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

When Government Conspiracies Come True

Not all conspiracies are bogus. Some have managed to be real, and the work of the government.

Inside the CIA's Treasure Trove of bin Laden Files

From public letters to anime porn, the 470,000 public files offer a window into the last years of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.

If Torture Doesn't Work, Why Do Governments Use It?

Torture was formally abolished in Europe in the 19th century, but reared its ugly head again in the 20th century. Why did it reappear and what is its future?

Predictive Programming, or When Movies 'Predict' Real Events

Have you ever felt like a movie or TV show eerily predicted an actual event? There's a name for that.

Murder Memorabilia: Killers' Items You Can Own

Where do we draw the line between interesting and appalling?

Why the Father of Modern Journalism Distrusted Democracy

In the age of endless information, are voters too distracted to make informed decisions?

Alex Jones and InfoWars: Fact or Tinfoil Fiction?

InfoWars publisher Alex Jones has millions of followers. He regularly espouses conspiratorial stories. Are they fact or fiction?

Tulpas: Thoughts That Can Come Alive

Imaginary friends have nothing on tulpas. These are "entities" people believe will to life in their minds — complete with feelings, thoughts and experiences.

Are Creatures Living Among Us in Parallel Dimensions?

We've yet to find intelligent life outside of planet Earth. But instead of space, should we be looking right here but in other dimensions?

Does Marie Antoinette Still Roam the Halls of Versailles?

Tourists may not be the only ones to enjoy the beauty of the famous palace.

Three Serial Killers of Gay Men Still on the Loose

Gay men have been the target of many serial killers. The cases often go unsolved because men fear they'll be outed as gay if they talk. Do you hold the lead to solve one of these crimes?

The FDA and America's Frightening Food System

The FDA is supposed to ensure the foods we eat are safe. But do you know what's in the foods you're eating?

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What a Tangled Web They Weave

Whether you love or hate Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed major flaws in the online platform. So where do we go from here?

James Comey: A Higher Loyalty or Shameful Disgrace?

Whether you agree with President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey or not, Comey's place in history will forever be marred by the scandal. Now he's telling his side of the story.

Dieselgate and the Volkswagen Cartel

Have the right Volkswagen execs paid for lying to the public about their car's environmental standards and emissions?

Chappaquiddick and the Mystery at Dike Bridge

What really happened when the late Senator Ted Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge in 1969 killing Mary Jo Kopechne?

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