Jessika Toothman


Jessika has lived all across the U.S. — in Washington, New York, Wisconsin, Colorado and, of course, Atlanta. There, she earned two undergraduate degrees from Georgia State University, one of which is in print journalism, but after spending some time in the newspaper biz, she decided the web was where it's at.

As a former staff writer and blogger for HowStuffWorks, Jessika enjoys painting, expanding her vegetarian recipe repertoire, walking her cat and spending afternoons by the pool. She's also a junkie for modern American literature, although she pours over nonfiction books from time to time, too.

Recent Contributions

How the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Work

Admit it: You cry every time you watch the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony. We do, too. What other official stuff goes down at this ultimate Olympic gala?

10 Oddball Questions Scientists Have Genuinely Tried to Answer

On its good days, science is incredible and enlightening. On its bad days, science can be anywhere from gross to downright bizarre. What are some of science's craziest questions? (And why did anyone want to answer them?)

10 Crazy Examples of Horrible Movie Science

We get it. Movies are fiction. But for those of us who love science, seeing even fictional worlds behave in a way that's flat-out wrong just rankles.

10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast –- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.

10 Completely Obvious Research Discoveries

We have science to thank for mind-blowing discoveries like DNA and the Higgs boson. And, sometimes, for ones that are mind-numbingly obvious. Here's one of our 10 shockers: It's nice to have friends around.

Nail Biting: Break the Habit Image Gallery

If you're a nail biter (or hair twirler or finger tapper), there's a good chance your habit started during childhood. Scroll through these nail biting photos to learn how to kick the habit.

Cooling the Burn: Sunburn Home Remedies Image Gallery

The sun. People have worshiped it for thousands of years. But only in the last century have people worshiped the sun by baking themselves to a golden tan, which often masks an angry red burn. Scroll through these photos for some sunburn home remedies.

Skin Type Image Gallery

How much do you know about skin types? Do you know yours? Scroll through these photos to learn about skin types.

Petroleum Jelly Skin Tips Image Gallery

Petroleum jelly has lots of uses in skin care. See these petroleum jelly skin tips pictures to see all the ways you can use it.

5 Tips for Getting Your Zzzs While You Camp

Sure, camping on the beach sounds awesome – until your dog and your partner plaster you against one side of the tent and a shell keeps jabbing you in the back. How can you turn this sleepless scenario around?

Find Your Way Around the 2012 Olympic Games

Your window for learning your way around this year's Summer Games is closing fast. Get to know some of the venues where world records are sure to be stomped on.

What sorts of prosthetics will you see in the Paralympics?

Maybe you've heard about the lightning-quick South African runner Oscar Pistorius and his trusty Cheetahs. What other prosthetic innovations have struck gold at the Paralympics?

5 Factors That Affect Olympic Performance

So you didn't qualify for the London Olympics this year. It's OK. We didn't either. But if you read this list and start working on these factors pronto, you might be ready for Sochi in 2014.

How Croquet Works

Croquet: It's not like in Wonderland: The balls don't walk away on their own, and nobody's wielding a flamingo mallet and screaming, "Off with their heads!" At least, most of the time.

Why do some countries seem to dominate the Olympics?

Watch the Olympics long enough, and you'll see athletes from the same countries hording all that gold, silver and bronze. But what if we looked at Olympic performance not just in terms of overall medal count?

5 Questions to Ask when Buying a Townhome

They have a lot of the same perks that condos do, but in a townhome, you're only sharing the walls with neighbors, not the ceiling and floor. You'll need to keep a few questions in mind if you're thinking of buying one, though.

5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Disagreements between neighbors can really sour a living experience. Unfortunately, those sorts of feuds can be fairly common in condominium complexes. Keep reading to learn important questions to ask when buying a condo.

Gold, Silver and Bronze: More Than 100 Years of Olympic Medals

Winning an Olympic medal is an incredibly special and rare honor, so most people never get to see them up close. But throughout the years, these coveted awards have had some really unique and diverse designs. Take a peek.

The Posters of the Olympics

From the parade of nations to the lighting of the cauldron, the official pageantry that accompanies the Olympics is part of what makes it so much fun. To celebrate Olympic history, we’ve compiled an image gallery commemorating a few of our favorite posters over the years.

5 Amazing Olympic Athletes

From the vantage point of the couch, they all look pretty amazing, but these five extraordinary people did some pretty crazy stuff to land on our list, like winning six medals. In one day.