Julie Douglas

Julie Douglas

HowStuffWorks

Julie Douglas is a former podcaster, writer and editor at HowStuffWorks. She co-hosted the podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind for several years and co-produced the podcast The Stuff of Life. Julie lives in Atlanta with her most excellent spouse and their whirling-dervish daughter.

Recent Contributions

Humans have only been bipedal for a sliver of history. What if we returned our spines to their original position and quit walking upright? What would that world be like?

By Julie Douglas

You can do all sorts of things on Facebook, right? Find a high-school buddy. Post pictures of your cat. Buy a gun. Except that last one may have just gotten tougher.

By Julie Douglas

We dig into the science and history of those delightful respiratory explosions we call sneezes, including one that's copyrighted.

By Julie Douglas

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There are so many tweaks we wish airlines would implement, especially if future seat configurations mean stacking passengers with butts suspended above heads.

By Julie Douglas

Have you ever had to shout to make yourself heard at a loud restaurant? Turns out we noisy humans are doing that to birds, and it's making it hard to mate.

By Julie Douglas

The Titan Arum is also known as the "corpse flower" because of its rotting-flesh scent. The flower rarely blossoms, even in the wild. See pictures of the corpse flower in this gallery.

By Julie Douglas

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Elmo of "Sesame Street" is a bright red puppet with a melodic falsetto voice who has captured the hearts and imaginations of scores of children throughout the world. Test your knowledge of Elmo with this quiz.

By Julie Douglas

Have you ever had the thought that you had to have a warm, gooey chocolate chip cook right at this moment, or a bag of crispy, perfectly salted fries -- the ones just like your favorite burger joint had when you were kid? If you've experienced something similar to this and found yourself throwing away the rest of your food craving in the garbage and burying it under coffee grounds to keep yourself from retrieving it, then you, my friend, have been under the spell of a food jonesing. Find out why, who gets them and what we consume the most of.

By Julie Douglas

If you think the term "freerange parenting" has a parallel to chickens, you're not too far away off from the heart of the movement. Newspaper columnist Lenore Skenazy inadvertenly started the movement when she wrote a piece for the New York Sun on how she and her husband allowed their 9-year-old son to ride the New York City subway system by himself, something he had always wanted to do. Test your freeranging parent smarts now.

By Julie Douglas

Until the 20th century the female orgasm was woefully misunderstood. While aspects of it still require demystification, it's no longer taboo to speak of it and discuss the fascinating discoveries of the last century. Not to mention searching for answers to our most intimate questions. Questions like, can a woman achieve the big O just by thinking about it? And why isn't there Viagra pill for women? Take a few minutes to test your female orgasm smarts.

By Julie Douglas

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You don't have to be super-rich to bid at an auction house. In fact, many auctions cater to all price points -- from clown portraits and Herman Miller chairs to airplanes. But you do have to possess a formidable will, not to mention a mean stink eye meant for fellow bidders.

By Julie Douglas

Add drama to a drab corner or coffee table with a tried-and-true decorating secret -- vignettes. Assemble your favorite objet d'art and a few flea market finds, and voilà, you've just scored high-design dividends without laying out a lot of cash.

By Julie Douglas

Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of books like "YOU: The Owner's Manual" and "YOU: Staying Young," has turned his focus to beauty in the book "YOU: Being Beautiful." What does it take to be beautiful?

By Julie Douglas

Love 'em or hate 'em, fruitcakes are an enduring tradition. And right now, we're smack-dab in the middle of fruit-filled log season. These holiday treats have the same density as mahogany, which has prompted some resourceful ideas.

By Julie Douglas