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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For the first time ever, three men will be cheering professionally for the National Football League. Is breaking this barrier a way to get the NFL some positive press or a sign of changing times?

The Trump administration quietly changed the rules on asbestos use in the U.S. What does that mean?

Hurricane Hector is barreling toward the erupting volcano Kilauea. What could possibly be worse?

The Carr fire in Northern California is currently the sixth-largest in the state's history. How did it get so out of control?

What happens when twins are reunited decades later? And how in the world can you explain separated twins giving their firstborn son or their family dog the same exact name?

Teaching bees to do things like sniff out certain smells is easy. The tricky part is training them to use the skills in the wild.

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?

Exposure to this nerve agent in minuscule amounts is enough to kill several human beings.

The College Board wants AP World History courses to cover material from the year 1450 on. The rest, well, is history.

Could this groundbreaking drug finally lead the way to the legalization of marijuana?

It's called an own goal, and it happens when a player accidentally knocks the ball into the wrong net — the net they're supposed to be defending.

The roughly 2,000-mile boundary between the countries has been around only since the mid-1800s. But today it's a political line in the sand — literally and figuratively.

Plus other fun facts about what it entails to host the World Cup.

Once a staple of homes in the 1970s and '80s, waterbeds have gone the way of the dinosaur. What happened to these groovy once-must-have beds?

Nine of the 13 oldest baobab trees researchers examined over the past 12 years have died. What's killing off these majestic trees?

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

The ERA just got a big boost from the Illinois House of Representatives. Is now finally the time?

The Supreme Court ruled states can legalize sports gambling. Who wins (and who loses) in this billion-dollar game?

Marijuana shows promise as the answer to America's opioid crisis. CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about new research and how CBD and marijuana could save lives.

The Boy Scouts of America will no longer include the word 'boy' in its official name. Opinions differ on the change.