Kathryn Whitbourne

Kathryn Whitbourne

Kathryn is a senior editor and writer with HowStuffWorks. She has written on a variety of topics, ranging from Oprah to squirrels to the winter solstice. She has also worked as a magazine editor, a radio reporter and an editorial supervisor at PR Newswire. She holds a Communications degree from Cornell University and was born in Jamaica.

Recent Contributions

With his good looks and appealing voice, this youngest member of the Gibb brothers seemed destined for a long music career. But it was not to be. What went wrong for Andy Gibb?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

The autumnal equinox is the day Earth is perfectly angled to the sun, so the day and night are of equal length. Well, almost.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Americans typically view Labor Day as the official end of summer and a free day off from work. But have you ever stopped to think who was behind it? And why is it celebrated in early September?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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It may seem like there are no secrets left about the Diana, Princess of Wales, but here are little-known facts you probably don't know.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Feeling stressed? Shoot, paint some happy trees and learn more about the late PBS artist who's bigger than ever.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Secretary of State Colin Powell came up with a framework of eight questions that the U.S. should say "yes" to before going to war. What were they, and are they still relevant?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

It may surprise you that even in 2021 there are a few Olympic sports that are not open to both genders.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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Even if you're in a state that doesn't require it, it's a good idea to write a bill of sale when selling something privately to prevent misunderstandings down the line. Here's how to do it.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Homer Simpson's favorite snack was once called 'oily cakes.' Find out more about this and other fun facts on doughnuts.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Your trophies can go to making more trophies or possibly some art. Learn more about where to donate old trophies.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

If we took all the U.S. dollars, British pounds, Turkish dinars and every other currency out there and added them up, how much would it come to? Is anyone keeping track? And how hard would it be to figure out?

By Kathryn Whitbourne & Francisco Guzman

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During an emergency, Americans know to dial 911 for help. How and why was that number selected as the emergency phone number for the entire country?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Take a chance on our ABBA quiz and find out how much you know about the 70s Swedish supergroup!

By Kathryn Whitbourne

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is far more popular in the U.S. than in Mexico. Why is that and what does it celebrate?

By Julia Layton & Kathryn Whitbourne

On my census form it says, 'Your response is required by law.' What happens to me if I don't fill it out? Will anyone even notice?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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Whether you're into craft cocktails, or just like Jack and Coke, you're sure to be stimulated by our list of facts.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

It's been more than 200 years since her birth and we're still learning new things about this famous novelist.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

She's over 90, but doesn't look a day over 18. And her fans include Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Sonia Sotomayor. We're cluing you in on that famous girl detective Nancy Drew.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Apple has a video chat app called Facetime. So how does it work and who can use it?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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Pluto is relatively round and orbits the Sun. So, why doesn't it qualify as a planet?

By Patrick J. Kiger & Kathryn Whitbourne

Although this writer and poet wrote seven volumes of autobiography, there are still some things you may be surprised to learn.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

They all taste good but they don't mean the same thing.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

An update to a famous study shows that employers may not discriminate as much as before — with one important caveat.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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We humans aren't complete slaves to time. We've devised ways to pack an extra hour of sunshine into our day, thanks to daylight saving time. But who came up with this idea and why do so many people loathe it?

By William Harris & Kathryn Whitbourne

Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's a taco to suit the occasion. But how did this Mexican street food become so popular in the U.S.?

By Kathryn Whitbourne