John Perritano

John Perritano is an award-winning journalist and author, and regular contributor to HowStuffWorks. He likes writing about science, history, sports and anything else that helps pay the mortgage. You might have noticed that he often mentions his favorite family members — his dogs — in his articles. John holds a master’s degree in U.S. History from Western Connecticut State University, and has worked for many publishers including Time-Life, National Geographic, Scholastic and others. He lives in Southbury, Connecticut, on “Big Dog Farm.” It’s a real place. Honest. It even has a sign.


Today's Lego bricks probably aren't what you grew up with.

Does it just taste bad or are there other reasons?

Are they sick? Hungry? Thirsty? Or do they just like the way the stuff tastes?

With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.

California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.

A new study found that owners of sick pets cope with many of the same burdens as caregivers of sick family members.

A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.

Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. How we categorize them has helped save lives.

A new study gives alarming evidence that more Americans than ever meet the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism.

Sheltering in place could give you the best chance of surviving a nuclear attack.

Despite what you've probably heard, oysters are safe to eat in months with the letter "r".

The National Park Service is considering making RSVPs mandatory for Zion National Park, as crowds have overrun the park.

Scientist and oceanographer Charles Moore confirmed the existence of a second huge plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean.

Most experts agree that the all-volunteer military is what makes the U.S. armed forces the best in the world. Would that change if the draft was reinstated?

Measuring sea level has changed almost as much as the tides during the 200 or so years scientists have been tracking it. Find out how it's tracked today.

Scientists have found that snow and rain trigger earthquakes. Could their study help predict the Big One?

Could humans really colonize Mars within the next 50 years? Elon Musk seems to think so.