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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During the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, it's common to hear people wish each other "Shana Tova!" What does this phrase mean?

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She took in her first stray dog in 1943 and became a legend for her pioneering efforts in dog rescue. Meet "Camberley Kate," the fierce canine advocate who had a heart of gold.

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In the quest for the title of world's oldest tree, there's some stiff competition, as well as questions surrounding the way we define "oldest."

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William Rufus DeVane King was the U.S.'s 13th vice president, and the only one to take the oath of office in another country. He and President James Buchanan were also the subjects of scandalous talk.

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From Athelstan, who held off the Viking invaders of Britain, to Sobhuza, the longest-serving king of Eswatni (formerly Swaziland), here are 25 of the world's longest-serving monarchs.

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Parchment paper is great as a non-stick surface for baking, but it has a lot of other uses that you may not have thought about.

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The origin of this false grammatical no-no is lost to history. But, we still shy away from starting sentences with coordinating conjunctions. And here's why.

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Saudi Arabia's proposal to build a 106-mile-long, self-sufficient, road- and car-free, one-building city would make it the first of its kind in the world.

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A first-of-its-kind study out of Japan set to find out, and the results were surprising to everybody.

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When you're holding something together with nothing more than spit and perhaps some duct tape (duck tape?), what is the correct term, jury- or jerry-rigged?

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Every April, the villagers of Inakadate, Japan, meet and decide what image to plant for the year. By summer, a rice paddy masterpiece will be born.

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The multi-colored bands of The Wave are considered one of the most photogenic — and photographed — natural wonders in North America, but you need a permit to visit. Oh, and water!

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Taste the rainbow or a dangerous additive? Skittles contain titanium dioxide, which some say causes health problems in humans. So, why is it still on the ingredient list?

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Split as if by a laser, the Al Naslaa rock in Saudi Arabia's Tayma Oasis baffles scientists and amateur geologists alike. How did this perfect split happen?

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In recent years, the word "demisexual" was added to dictionaries, while "aerodrome" was dropped. But just who is making these lexicographical decisions?

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Flying this summer has been, well, turbulent. So many flights have been canceled, passengers are lucky to get to their destinations. Is there anything you can do about it?

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Chronic overcrowding is turning the once-idyllic floating city of Venice into a nightmare of clogged canals and impassable bridges. The city is taking action, so be prepared to pay if you go.

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More than 3.5 billion women menstruate every month worldwide. Menstrual leave policies could help modernize our collective response to a natural biological occurrence.

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Your selfie game is strong, but these animals are stronger. Don't be taken unaware by wild creatures while upping your Insta-worth.

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The energetic and friendly Swedish Vallhund was originally bred more than 1,000 years ago and was saved from extinction in 1942.

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If you see a small hummingbird zip by your face, take a second look — what looks like a hummingbird may actually be a moth.

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Turtles, whether giant land tortoises, sea turtles or the pet turtle in your aquarium, tend to be omnivores and love a varied vegetarian and protein diet.

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The fruit of the jabuticaba grows on its trunk and branches and is as sweet as a grape. But it's very perishable once it's picked.

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Hostas are a perennial garden favorite, but are still relatively unknown as a delicious and easily prepared culinary delicacy.

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If you are thinking of getting a pet baby turtle, make sure you know how and what to feed it to ensure it lives a long and happy life.

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