Laurie L. Dove is an award-winning journalist who covers timely topics for HowStuffWorks. She is the author of six books and the former owner of a newspaper and magazine. When not reporting on the latest tech breakthrough, health advance or economic development, Dove is tracking down hidden history, science innovations and biologic discoveries. As the Honorable Laurie Dove, Mayor, she has brought multi-million-dollar improvements to the small Midwest town where she lives with her husband, five children and two Akitas.

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Smelling fecal matter is gross enough, so the possibility that tiny bits of poop are actually getting into your nose is outright disgusting. But should you be worried?

By Laurie L. Dove

Most of us have heard of the Ironman Triathlon, but that's not the only version of the sport. There are several types of triathlons encompassing various distances and even sports beyond swimming, running and biking.

By Laurie L. Dove

Have you been thinking all wrong about the difference in fat content between milk varieties?

By Laurie L. Dove

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With so many people living in one state and working in another these days, taxes can be more complicated than ever before. Here are 10 tax tips to remember when filing.

By Dave Roos & Laurie L. Dove

Putting 300,000 miles on a vehicle may seem like an impossible goal, but there are plenty of ways to extend a car's life span.

By Laurie L. Dove

You should never, ever flush tissues. What else?

By Laurie L. Dove

We've all seen "flame wars" on the Internet. Maybe we've been the victims or the perpetrators, too. But what causes people to say things online that they would never say in person?

By Laurie L. Dove

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In many cultures, it's considered vital that your feet face away from the bedroom door as you sleep. And it's not because they're sweaty or stinky, or because you need to be prepared for a quick exit.

By Laurie L. Dove

Though they may be stuck in one place, plants have proven to possess a surprising array of capabilities. But the ability to feel pain? Scientists are learning that the possibility isn't as crazy as it sounds.

By Laurie L. Dove

Electric eels actually aren't eels at all, but they certainly are electric. Their shock can kill animals in surrounding waters, but could it take down a human?

By Laurie L. Dove

At best, drinking alcohol can lower your inhibitions and relax you; at worst, it can be dangerous. Find out exactly how alcohol does what it does.

By Laurie L. Dove

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A knife is a timeless and useful gift. Before you give one, however, there's something you need to know: Gifting knives has long been considered bad luck.

By Laurie L. Dove

Since Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere has gotten the credit for warning colonists about the British attack in 1775, but is he worthy?

By Laurie L. Dove

Throwing up bile is a less-than-pleasurable experience, to put it lightly. Sometimes it feels like it may never end. Find out why it happens, what your body is trying to tell you and when you should be concerned.

By Laurie L. Dove

You're not supposed to cry over spilled milk. But a broken mirror? That's another matter. Will breaking a mirror really heap misfortune upon your head?

By Laurie L. Dove

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When most people think of the words "wine" and "toilet," they're probably not thinking about a fermentation strategy. But as countless prisoners over the years have discovered, when it comes to alcohol, if there's a will, there's a way.

By Laurie L. Dove

When temperatures drop below freezing, homeowners are advised to leave one tap dripping overnight. But does this advice hold up, or is it kind of leaky?

By Laurie L. Dove

Known as a peruke, the formal wig has been a tradition for centuries. But why did barristers start wearing wigs? And why does it persist into modernity?

By Laurie L. Dove

Are people with the last name Cook more likely to work as chefs? Nominative determinism is the phenomenon that the name a person is given may have a significant impact on their path in life.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Finches can live for five to 10 years and make great companion pets as long as they are given enough space to fly around.

By Laurie L. Dove

Nuts are born, dry roasted and salted, in a can on the grocery store shelf, right? Not exactly. You might be surprised at what they look like before humans get ahold of them.

By Laurie L. Dove

You might have heard of George Washington Carver and Neil deGrasse Tyson. But what about Patricia Bath? Or Percy Julian? Meet 10 African American scientists who have made the world a better place for all people.

By Laurie L. Dove

We're used to looking at the expiration date for milk but what about beer? While some brands proudly display their beers' "date of birth," others hide it with some cryptic codes. Does the date affect the taste?

By Laurie L. Dove

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Progressive dinner parties are a fabulous way to entertain while sharing the responsibility of hosting a multi-course dinner across several households, which the guests mosey among. These tips will help make yours a success.

By Laurie L. Dove

About one out of every 10,000 clovers in a patch has four leaves. How do you increase your odds of finding a lucky one in a sea of three-leaf clovers?

By Laurie L. Dove