Kristen Hall-Geisler

Kristen Hall-Geisler

Contributing Writer

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."

Recent Contributions

Typos and misspelled words run rampant on Twitter. But that could all soon change because, finally — FINALLY — Twitter is testing an edit button.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

How did blue collar, white collar (and pink collar!) end up in our lexicon, and what are the origins of their meanings?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The next time your car won't start and you're cursing the battery, you might want to blame the alternator, too. This coconut-sized car part works with the battery to generate power for your vehicle.

By Josh Briggs & Kristen Hall-Geisler

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It's after midnight. Do you know where your cat is?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The Dyson Air Multiplier works like a fan, but it has no blades. Can it be as effective as a traditional fan? What's so different about it?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Nathan Chandler

When people talk about race cars or high-performance cars, turbochargers usually come up, too. That's because turbochargers can boost a car's horsepower significantly without much effort.

By Karim Nice & Kristen Hall-Geisler

A cold air intake is an inexpensive modification you can add to your engine that will give it more power. But what does it actually do?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Christopher Neiger

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To be "on the lam" means to be on the loose or on the run, but what does "lam" mean and where does this colorful phrase come from?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

NASCAR unveiled its three Next Gen cars for the 2022 Cup Series and they better represent the look and feel of their counterpart street cars. But just how close are they?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

If a device has a motor, engine or spring, it probably has gears! But what do gears do, exactly, and how do they do it?

By Karim Nice & Kristen Hall-Geisler

The U.S. and Soviet Union fought the Cold War for 45 years via proxy wars and a near-complete polarization of the rest of the world. But did either side really win?

By Josh Clark & Kristen Hall-Geisler

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The pronunciation of "Kyiv" goes far beyond personal preference. It actually has geopolitical significance.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Worldle is yet another online game that players love. This one is based on geography and you get six tries to guess the country based on its shape. Have you played yet?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

It used to be easy to find out how much money a NASCAR driver made after winning a race. But now it's not so simple.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The Beijing Olympics will be the first ever Winter Olympics to rely solely on fake snow. Will the athletes know the difference?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Vehicle fires account for nearly one of every eight fires reported. But cars don't just burst into flames like we see in the movies. So how do they catch fire?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Cherise Threewitt

Babies are born when they want to be, even on airplanes midflight over the ocean. When birth happens 30,000 feet in the air, citizenship — among other things — gets a little tricky.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Guilty of buying books you never have time to read? We get it. And there's a name for that.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

It's time to get out your art supplies and your creative juices flowing, kids. Google wants to turn your original artwork into a Google Doodle!

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Palindromes are words, phrases or even dates that are spelled the same forward and backward. They don't always make tons of sense, but they're still fun.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Your dog barking at the mailman? Loud. But he's got nothing on these five. They're some of the loudest animals on the planet, and they're probably not the ones you'd expect.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

You've seen the ads and surely you've seen the "left" and "right" candy bars. But come on. Are they playing mind games with us or are these two bars really different?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Sour cream and crème fraîche have a lot in common. But these two rich toppings aren't exactly the same. We'll tell you how they differ.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Also known as the Cali Lean and the Tennessee Tilt, the Carolina Squat is a way to lift the front of a truck up and lower the rear. Fans call it cool. The North Carolina state government calls it banned.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

When a little red wagon just won't do, why not have Santa bring your kid an electric ATV? Tesla has you covered.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler