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

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

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

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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

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

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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

Tigers love to swim in the wild. So why do most housecats act like coming in contact with water will use up a several of their nine lives?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Vegetable oil as a fuel? While it certainly is an option for a few engines, we're probably a long way from using last night's grease as the fuel of the future.

By Ed Grabianowski & Kristen Hall-Geisler

Your car's serpentine belt is a single, continuous belt that drives lots of things like the car's alternator and power steering pump. So how do you replace it when it's starting to fail?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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No one ever says "heveled" or "gruntled." Do these words even exist? Not every word needs an opposite to prop it up. Here's why.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Flyting, which was essentially a verbal contest of poetic abuse, was public entertainment in the 15th and 16th centuries. Think of it as the rap battle of medieval times.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

These saltwater clams are the largest on the planet, and some can live as long as 100 years. And despite their, well, looks, they're pretty darn tasty.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

A new study out from AAA found that advanced vehicle safety systems struggled when weather conditions weren't optimal. Some test runs even ended in collisions.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Electric motors power almost everything in your kitchen, bathroom and office. But how do they perform their magic?

By Marshall Brain & Kristen Hall-Geisler

Diesel engines are often more efficient and less expensive to operate than their gasoline alternatives. So why aren't there more diesels on the roads? Well, they have their own issues, too.

By Marshall Brain & Kristen Hall-Geisler

You've surely heard it in the movies even if you've never used it. So who came up with the phonetic alphabet and why is it used?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

When your car overheats, the best thing you can do is head to a garage for coolant. But in a pinch, you can add water to the radiator if you're careful. We'll tell you how.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Not much could be better than coming back in your next life as a house cat (OK, maybe a dog, but we won't go there). But if you had the chance, you'd better think hard about where you'd live first.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

With the fall migration season for birds just around the corner, we took another look at how to prevent birds from colliding with windows.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Cats howl for a lot of reasons: They want you to buy them things; they want more food (better food). But as they age, they howl a lot more. Are they trying to tell us something else?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

This tiny village in upstate New York has been channeling spirits since the 1800s.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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You probably know that any car with a manual transmission has a clutch — it connects and disconnects the engine and transmission. But did you know that automatics have clutches, too?

By Karim Nice, Charles W. Bryant & Kristen Hall-Geisler

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?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler