John Donovan

Contributing Writer

John is a freelance writer based in the suburbs of Atlanta. A longtime sports scribe with too much time covering college sports, the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball, he now writes on science, health, history, current events and whatever other weird non-sports stories that he and the editors at HowStuffWorks dream up. He has a journalism degree from Arizona State, a wife, a son, a dog that sheds too much and a bad case of eyestrain.

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There are a lot of quirky eaters out there. Are you one of them?

Commercial flight is extremely safe. But could it be even safer if airplanes had shoulder harnesses instead of lap belts?

Netflix's hit docuseries has it all: cult leaders, sex, biowarfare and illegal wiretapping. The one thing it's missing: a happy ending.

Scientists across the globe attempt to forecast upcoming hurricane seasons in the Atlantic. But how — and are they right?

Left- and right-handed drivers react differently to sudden incidents, and that difference can have a profound effect on car accidents.

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Getting your home to zero waste doesn't have to mean re-structuring your entire life. Sure, you'll have to make changes, but most of them are surprisingly easy.

Having a tough time breaking up with Facebook? Then at least be sure your private information is secure and protected.

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