John Donovan

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.

Recent Contributions

College sports just wouldn't be the same without those silly costumed humans (and live animals) parading around the sidelines pumping up the fans.

By John Donovan

Though it's been around for more than 150 years, Juneteenth was still a mystery to many. But now, it's become the newest federal holiday in the U.S.A.

By John Donovan

The soldiers who stand vigil over the Tomb are the Sentinels of The Old Guard, a hand-picked group dedicated to honoring the memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

By John Donovan

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was just named world's busiest airport for the 23rd time. The Atlanta hub held the title for 22 consecutive years before it was knocked out of the No. 1 spot in 2020.

By John Donovan

A pair of physicians determined that the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton died from a hole in his heart.

By John Donovan

The MOAB is the largest nonnuclear bomb ever used by the U.S. So what makes it OK to drop this bomb and not a nuclear warhead? We dive in to find out.

By John Donovan

Super Bowl Sunday is a football fan's nirvana: the game of games, in which the season's champion is decided once and for all. Read all about the biggest football game of the year.

By Kevin Bonsor & John Donovan

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Arne Johnson stabbed a man to death in 1981. His intended legal defense? Guilty by reason of demonic possession. Did it work?

By John Donovan

Want to see the big game in person? It won't be easy. But we'll show you how to get into the best position to catch a Hail Mary ticket or two.

By Thorin Klosowski & John Donovan

Magda Herzberger was just a teen when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz. It was the last time she saw her father. Now 77 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we tell her story of survival and why we must never forget.

By John Donovan

He's the most decorated American Winter Olympics athlete, with eight Olympic medals. But after he retired from skating at age 28, he had to make a hard pivot and reinvent who he was.

By John Donovan

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More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a lone bullet while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, questions still remain. Was James Earl Ray the sole gunman, or was it a conspiracy?

By John Donovan

Ignoring a subpoena can land you in jail. So why would anybody do it?

By John Donovan

The NCAA scrapped the Bowl Championship Series in favor of a playoff system. But does it truly crown a national champion in college football?

By John Donovan

The North Shore is known as the "Seven Mile Miracle" because of the epic surfing within a 7-mile stretch. It's also where the Triple Crown of Surfing competition runs from Dec. 21 until Jan. 21, 2022.

By John Donovan

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Automaker Rivian has the potential to disrupt the EV market like no company has since Tesla. But can it dethrone Elon Musk's car company as the dominant maker of EVs?

By John Donovan

Camden County in South Georgia was once considered as a backup site for launching the Apollo missions. Now this quiet county could be the next big launching site to space.

By John Donovan

Dog owners know: Their four-legged friends are stuck to them like Velcro. But why? Are they afraid of being left behind, or is it something else?

By John Donovan

Indigenous women have been going missing and been murdered along an infamous stretch of highway in British Columbia since the 1960s. But not much is being done to find them — or who killed them.

By John Donovan

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Odysseus is the hero of the epic Greek poem "The Odyssey." But by today's standards, he might not be considered a hero at all.

By John Donovan

If our living space is to become outer space, we have a lot of challenges to address. And our first line of defense will be space architects.

By John Donovan

Unit 731 was a covert biological warfare research unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. Some of the most heinous war crimes ever were committed there. Why is it still so shrouded in secrecy?

By John Donovan

Glass that glows? You bet. And that glow comes from a source you wouldn't believe. Uranium, the same radioactive ore now used to power commercial nuclear reactors.

By John Donovan

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The 2004 incident in Granby, Colorado, left half the town destroyed. Now 17 years later, Marvin Heemeyer, the man who piloted the tank that crushed the library and town hall, has become a hero to antigovernment extremists.

By John Donovan

Suicide is a major challenge to public health in the United States. But like most public health problems, it can be prevented.

By John Donovan