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.


The iconic horses step tall to promote wind power, which creates 100 percent of the electricity used to make Budweiser beer.

In May 2018, SCOTUS struck down a longstanding federal law that banned betting on sports. Now the first Super Bowl since is upon us. How much money could legally be wagered on the Patriots vs. Rams game in Atlanta?

For the first time ever, two male cheerleaders will be at the Super Bowl.

Only the best of the best make it to the Super Bowl. And that includes the NFL officials.

When the federal government shuts down, U.S. government employees aren't the only ones affected. There's a pronounced chain of events that happen the longer the fed is closed.

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

Congress passed the new farm bill with a provision that will legalize hemp farming on an industrial scale. Could this be America's next gold rush?

Think a teeny tiny ant can't pack a punch? Think again. The Dracula ant can subdue its prey so fast, they never know it's coming.

Could these incredible new organisms provide clues about how life might exist in other areas on Earth — or even on other planets?

If the U.S. vice president must step up and become president, who becomes vice president?

Thanks in part to strict building codes, damage from the November 7.0 earthquake was relatively minimal.

Is sending federal troops to the U.S.-Mexico border even legal? As it turns out, a U.S. law called the Posse Comitatus Act has something to say about it.

How in the world did a search engine company like Google become synonymous with a fun form of art? It all started with Burning Man.

A group of 21 U.S. kids — ages 11 to 22 — are taking the government to court for failing to address the climate crisis. Can they possibly win?

The 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I offers up a reminder — and a second chance — for us to remember the soldiers' sacrifices and to learn from our past mistakes.

The Anti-Defamation League identified nearly 2,000 anti-Semitic incidents throughout the U.S. in 2017 — an increase of nearly 60 percent over those in 2016. And for the first time since 2010, one occurred in every state.

The annual bison roundup in South Dakota's Custer State Park is a spectacle full of cowboys, horses and of course wild buffalo, all set against the backdrop of the rolling Black Hills. It's also about as Americana as you can get.

President Donald Trump proudly declared he is a 'nationalist,' much to the chagrin of many Americans. Still others support his comment. So what exactly does it mean?

Your home's totaled. You have no cash. No supplies. And nowhere to go. Now what?

It's also known as "maternity tourism," and defined as travel to the U.S. for the purpose of having a child on American soil.