Jennifer  Walker-Journey

Jennifer Walker-Journey

Contributing Writer

Jennifer Walker-Journey is a lifelong writer of most anything, including travel destinations, psychedelic and prescription medicines, public health issues and exotic foods. Aside from HowStuffWorks, her work has been featured in USA Today, Psychedelic Spotlight, PlanetSHINE, Better Homes and Gardens, Health, Shape, and Sea Island Life and Omni magazines. When she is not writing, she is running toward her last best time in hopes she'll be foolish enough to attempt another marathon.

Recent Contributions

If you think chainsaws were first invented to take down a swath of trees, think again. The real story is much more cringe-worthy and involves cutting bones during childbirth.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the deepest man-made hole on Earth. It's so deep, locals swear you can hear the screams of souls tortured in hell. Why did the Russians dig this deep, and why did they stop?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

You might be surprised at how little of the world's oceans scientists have investigated.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Every December 23rd in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, radishes come to life, as carvers compete for cash and bragging rights in this veggie-style Christmas tradition.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Crinkle crankle walls undulate, mimicking the shape of a snake's slither. But what's the purpose of these wavy walls?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Adrenochrome has been linked to schizophrenia and the LSD counterculture movement. Now QAnon conspiracy theorists say it's part of a child sex-trafficking cult. So what's the truth behind this chemical compound?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Remember when seven strangers were picked to live in a house to work together and have their lives taped? We did find out people stop being polite and these 11 reality TV shows helped prove it.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Native Americans have quarried red pipestone from the land that is now Pipestone National Monument for centuries. What makes this particular stone so sacred?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Pipes have a long history for Native Americans, and they're still revered and powerful. Just please don't call them peace pipes.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Nearly every cell in your body has the same DNA. It's the hereditary material located your cells' nucleus. But what does it do and why is it so important to all living beings?

By Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D. & Jennifer Walker-Journey

We all know what Viagra does and why men use it — not to mention how much money this particular prescription drug has made over the years. But does it improve sexual health for women, too?

By Karen Kirkpatrick & Jennifer Walker-Journey

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You may have heard of kava, or kava kava, and its calming effects, but how much do you know about its history and the risks associated with taking it?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Is polio making a comeback in the United States and, if so, are you at risk? We talk to a doctor, who says that vaccination is key.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Your home is your most important asset. So shouldn't you know how likely it is to flood or burn in a wildfire? This interactive website will tell you. And it includes the effects of climate change in its answer.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

From dining in the gondola of a hot air balloon to eating under the sea, here are five unique dining experiences you may not believe, but may want to try.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Believe it or snot, almost every living creature has some kind of mucus — because mucus does so many things. A study found mucus was so beneficial to mammals, it evolved independently in species.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Haboobs are giant walls of dust that can come seemingly out of nowhere. How are they created and are they different from sandstorms?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Imagine being trapped in a cave or being completely blind. Would you know when to sleep and wake? And how would that throw off your body clock?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

There's a lot of bad news on the internet and social media. And maybe you can't stop looking at it. Why is that and what can you do about it?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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The tiny toy testers are the most valuable workers at Fisher-Price Play Lab. And they're behind some of the most successful toys in the business.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Your mom may have told you to put bananas or peaches in a brown paper bag to help them ripen faster. But does this really work? And why would it?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

A new study of older adults found a link between an inability to stand on one leg for at least 10 seconds and an increased risk of death.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Trovants, found only in a small town in Romania, are stones that actually seem to move and grow. But are they alive?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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A case currently being decided by the Supreme Court could limit the scope of authority Congress can give to the EPA, including the Clean Air Act. Why does that matter?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Tons of these humongous bug-like creatures live in the darkest depths of the sea, but they are still somewhat of a mystery to us humans.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey