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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.

Recent Contributions

Why King Tides Are Flooding Coastal Cities More Often

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

Tuxedos, Tabbies and Torties: How to Tell These Housecats Apart

The ordinary housecat never seems to get the credit it deserves, even though 95 percent of cats in the U.S. are not purebred. Still these cats have distinctive markings to distinguish them from each other.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Meteorologists have hurricane prediction down to a science, so preparedness should be the same thing too. Find out how to be ready if the big one's coming.

Pressure Washing: An Oh So Satisfying Clean

Pressure washing can be so satisfying on some primal level, but the right equipment makes all the difference. And remember, safety first.

Box Jellyfish: World's Most Venomous Sea Creature

Most jellyfish are more bothersome than threatening, but the box jellyfish is so poisonous you might not make it out of the water alive.

Water Moccasin, Cottonmouth: Different Names, Same Venomous Snake

Cottonmouth snakes are often called water moccasins and are one of only four venomous snakes found in North America.

Copperhead Snakes: Not Always Lethal, But Best Left Alone

Though a copperhead will bite if disturbed, and it is venomous, its bite is rarely fatal.

Cross Seas Are Rare But Dangerous

Cross seas may looks super cool. But you never want to get caught up in the grid-patterned waves they generate.

Red Pandas Are Not the Lesser Pandas

Despite being known as the "lesser panda," the red panda is so totally cute, we simply can't use that moniker. No way. Not now. Not ever.

Popping a Lawn Bubble Is Like Popping a Zit

You've probably never seen one, but it looks like a waterbed in your yard. And trust us, if you do see one, you'll have an impulse to pop it.

The Harmless Garter Snake Is Your Garden's Best Friend

Garter snakes are harmless, very common and beneficially feed on slugs, leeches, large insects and small rodents in North American gardens.

Cat Declawing: The Painful Truth

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. That's why many experts advise against putting your cat through a painful and unnecessary declawing procedure.

Sphynx Cats Are Surprisingly Sweet and Cuddly

Some Sphynx cats may look like mangled bags of brains, but these so-ugly-they're-cute-cats are among the friendliest of felines.

How to Fix Drywall Holes

Drywall can withstand only limited abuse. We'll tell you how to repair small and large holes that inevitably occur from years of wear and tear.

5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely

A study found seniors are prone to injury while walking their dogs. Here are ways to enjoy walks with Fido and do it safely.

CERN Wants to Build a Bigger, Badder Particle Collider

The proposed collider would dwarf the existing Large Hadron Collider. But is the $22 billion price tag worth it?

Too Many Shots? Inside the Dog Vaccination Controversy

Some people believe dogs need a full complement of yearly vaccinations and some don't think they need any at all.

5 Things to Expect if the Government Shuts Down

Congress is at odds over the federal budget, and a deadline is looming. If they can't agree, the government could shut down. We'll tell you what to expect if it does.

Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Dress Them Up?

Humans experience a wide range of emotions, but what about dogs? Do they ever get embarrassed by things their humans force them to do?

You're Feeding Your Cats All Wrong

The American Association of Feline Practitioners wants you to know there's a better way to feed your kitty than just filling his bowl and leaving him to gorge as he pleases.

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