Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance writer and book editor living in Oregon. As an automotive journalist since 2006, she's honed her research and interviewing skills with HowStuffWorks, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Popular Science, US News & World Report and more. She loves falling down the rabbit hole of research and emerging with a book or article that others find useful and — she hopes — entertaining while still being based on solid sources. She is the author of the historical novel "Skull and Sidecar" as well as the nonfiction books "Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self" and "Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories."
A 'suicide door' was the popular name for car door that opened from the rear rather than the front. Why were they called that, and do any cars have this feature?
We all became hyperaware of the utter importance of toilet paper in our lives during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the past year, but some earth-friendly options exist as well.
It's easy to take online comments out of context. Is it serious, or is it satire? That's where Poe's law (and a winking smiling emoji) comes into play.
A study using citizen science tries to help explain why cats love sitting in boxes — even ones that aren't there. What did they find out?
A multiplication table is an easy-to-use grid of numbers that can help you learn to multiply quickly by using the chart and, eventually, your memory.
The UK is considering taxing frequent fliers to help lower airline emissions. But will a tax even help curb greenhouse gases?
Goatees have been growing on faces for, well, a long time. So has their time come and gone, or are they more popular than ever?
Surfboards, huarache sandals and endless sunshine? Yes. But throw in some Conquistadors, a trashy Spanish novel, Black Amazons, mythological creatures and, of course, Charlemagne and — voilà — the name "California" is born.
President-elect Joe Biden has pretty much made 'malarkey' a household word, so we thought we'd do some research into its origin story.
The Founding Father was a prolific writer during his day. He wrote so much, in fact, he required a steady supply of quills.
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The Latin language may be dead, but this phrase, which originated 2,000 years ago, is still used in legal and financial docs. So what does it mean?