Melanie McManus

Melanie has worked as a radio station news reporter, as a press secretary in the Wisconsin State Legislature and as editor of two local publications. Since 1994, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in travel and fitness.

She has won numerous awards for her writing, most notably prestigious Lowell Thomas Gold and Grand Awards for her travel journalism. Her first book, "Thousand-Miler" (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017), is a memoir about her record-setting thru-hike of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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There are 50 states in the U.S., but there have been many proposals over the years to add more.

While you may never encounter a moose on the road, just how stable would your car be in a sudden swerve emergency?

Ada Lovelace was the daughter of famed poet Lord Byron. But she moved out of her father's shadow to make a name in numbers, not words.

The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, which involved immigrants, anarchy and chaos, is one of the 20th century's most controversial and famous.

A new study shows that IQ levels have been falling since 1975, reversing a 20th-century trend.

Elizabeth Keckly, a former slave turned dress designer, was once the premiere dressmaker in Washington, D.C. She was also a close confidante of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

From its humble beginnings as an event for comic book nerds to its explosive impact on all forms of entertainment, some wonder if Comic-Con has gotten too big for its own good.

Hamstrings are a group of three muscles running down the back of the thigh, and they have a lot to do with your flexibility.

Rudeness is not just a personal annoyance. It can actually affect health and safety. Why is that? And why do we replay a rude interaction over and over in our heads?

Haute couture, or personalized clothing created by fashion houses, began in the mid-1800s by an Englishman named Charles Frederick Worth.

During the early 1960s, many songs featuring tragic teen deaths, usually in car crashes, became huge hits. What was behind this morbid craze?

Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

If it wasn't for Tesla's cat, we might not have electricity in our homes.

Gender reveal parties are fun, but they may also reinforce stereotypes.

It wasn't quite as loud as you might imagine.

New Zealand's public accident insurance fund has made the country a magnet for extreme sports and adventure seekers.

As Alanis Morissette might have said, we've got one hand in our pocket — and the other is digging into our purse. Why does women's clothing often lack pockets that can hold anything?

A 4th-century cookbook advised readers how to get rid of the 'goatish smell' from stale bird meat.

Oprah's holiday gift list is 20 this year, and it's as popular as ever. Who doesn't want some $60 slippers or a $50 box of blueberries?

'Tron' was considered ahead of its time when it was released in 1982. And that's partly what comedian Janet Varney loves about it.