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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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