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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.

Recent Contributions

5 Reasons Why Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever

Can you say, "amazing"? Here are five facts about the real Mister Rogers that may surprise you.

What on Earth Were They Talking About? A Quote Quiz

You might know the quote but do you know what the speaker was referring to? See how many of these famous quips or disses you recognize.

What Is Candy Corn and How Is It Made?

Every Halloween, bags of triangle-shaped, yellow, orange and white candies fill trick-or-treat bags all over the U.S. But what exactly is candy corn?

Handel & Hendrix and Other Famous 'Next-Door Neighbors'

Yep, Jimi Hendrix could have borrowed a cup of sugar from George Frederick Handel — in a manner of speaking.

What Causes New Baby Smell?

Everyone knows newborn babies smell amazing, but are you inhaling exactly? And what does it do to your brain?

Hey Dad! The Famous Fathers Quiz

"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad" is a famous quote by baseball player Wade Boggs and lots of men have passed both tests. Learn more about these famous fathers and their offspring with our quiz.

How Cinco de Mayo Works

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

How Do They Determine What Date Easter Will Occur On?

The Easter holiday is on a different date each year. But how is the date determined? Answer: Look to the moon.

Can Pollen Allergies Make You Tired?

Spring is here and suddenly your allergies kick in and you feel tired and sleepy. Could pollen have something to do with it?

5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Nancy Drew

She's almost 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.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Tacos

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.?

What if You Were on an Elevator and the Cable Broke?

Ever seen a movie where the hero gets in an elevator, but the evil villain cuts the cables? Fortunately, elevators in the real world have so many safety features that you don't have to worry about dying if this happened to you.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Fried Chicken

How did this dish become so associated with the American South and yet so beloved all over the world?

Mamma Mia! The ABBA Quiz

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

How the Parthenon Came to Live in Nashville

You don't have to travel to Greece to see the Parthenon; there's a full-scale replica in Nashville, Tennessee.

This Podcast Needs Your Help to Answer Life's Most Challenging Questions

When was the last time you felt different? What childhood memory shaped your world? If you like discussing questions like this, you'll love being able to be part of The Question Booth podcast.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza

On a cold winter's day, a hot piece of pizza really satisfies. It works just as well on a hot summer's day with an icy soda too. But who invented pizza? And what did Chuck E. Cheese's have to do with Atari?

Oprah for President? Five Reasons It Could Happen in 2020

Oprah in 2020 might not be as far-fetched as it once seemed. Here are some reasons why she could be the first female president in the U.S.

Net Neutrality Is Gone. How Could That Affect You?

The idea behind net neutrality is for people to be able to access the same websites and services equally. Does that no longer hold true for U.S. residents?

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