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.

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A new study shows that our beloved four-legged friends are moved to action when they see us in emotional distress.

Or do we just stick with the five categories we already have?

Slipping your dog a little human food once in a while is fine, but be aware that some human foods are toxic to Fido.

Your dog might even 'trance' — and you have no earthly idea what he's doing. We assure you, he's not the only one.

Blue light-blocking glasses are super popular these days. But do they even work the way marketers promise?

After a certain age, a lot of men start growing hair in places they don't want it — and stop growing it where they do want it.

Since there seem to be no scientific studies one way or another on whether dogs know when we're photographing them, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence.

If your pooch has an emergency, chances are he could need a blood transfusion. So where exactly does the blood he gets come from?

Could manipulating the human brain's desire for sweet foods lead to new weight control methods and better treatments for eating disorders?

African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.

Why use a dishwasher if you have to "clean" your dishes first?

Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa sets the world record for biggest wave ever surfed — and it's huge!

Many of us admittedly keep our televisions on when we leave the house — for our dogs. But does Fido really watch the TV?

So-called "exploding ants" protect their colony and its territory by rupturing their bodies and sending out a sticky stream of poisonous gel.

MIT's AlterEgo allows you to control a computer and ask it questions without ever uttering one word. It could mean profound changes on how we communicate.

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

Dogs are more than man's best friend. They've also helped out with the Cuban Missile Crisis, joined the Russian space program and discovered a rare archaeological find. And at least one was promoted to sergeant.

How could we run out of trademarked words? It sounds impossible, but it's growing more and more likely.

A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.