Molly Edmonds


As a precocious child growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Molly Edmonds would often prepare miniature school lessons for her younger brothers. If her brothers didn't want to play school, Molly sat on them to prevent possible escape and continued with her lesson. Fortunately for the readers of HowStuffWorks and for the listeners of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, which Molly started and co-hosted with Cristen Conger, Molly has learned over the years that physical harm is not a good way to provide information. A graduate of Emory University, where she majored in creative writing and political science, Molly spends her spare time seeking out good books, live music and people who will cook for her.

Recent Contributions

Stages of Gender Reassignment

Transitioning from one gender to another is hardly an overnight process, with many steps from point A to B. What are the stages of gender reassignment?

5 Health Problems Caused by Being Too Thin

In the midst of an obesity epidemic, it may seem like all things thin are in. Though we may think super skinny people are lucky, they face health problems of their own.

10 Ways the Definition of Beauty Has Changed

What society considers beautiful has a tendency to shift over time. But that doesn't stop our pursuit of beauty, which tends to be subject to the whims of trendsetters.

How Beehive Hairdos Worked

Marge Simpson rocks a beehive, as do the ladies of the B-52s. After more than half a century, it's a hairstyle that's still guaranteed to draw attention.

How Disco Works

Think Disco Demolition Night was the death of the catchy, danceable music of the 1970s? The name "disco" may have faded, but not the music to help you shake your groove thing.

How the Tea Ceremony Works

A tea ceremony isn't your average tea party -- sorry, no scones or Mad Hatters here. Rather, a tea ceremony is a solemn, symbolic and profound affair.

How Riots Work

Riots may garner attention for people who feel frustrated and oppressed, but are they really effective? Here, we'll examine how riots work.

How Makeup Works

Are you the type who wouldn't be caught dead without your makeup? You're not alone; even ancient Egyptians were known to have makeup kits buried with them in their tombs. But the history, ingredient and safety concerns are just part of how makeup works.

How Human Trafficking Works

If Abraham Lincoln ended slavery in the United States, why is so much money still being made to sell others into bondage? Here, we'll examine how human trafficking works.

Is Love at First Sight Possible?

How many movies have you seen where a glimpse across the room is enough to convince a protagonist that the search for love is over? Silly, right? Some scientists don't think so. Is love at first sight possible?

How Midwives Work

Midwives have existed for as long as babies have been born, with references in ancient Greek and Roman texts and the Bible. Midwives today attend about 75 percent of births worldwide. But what exactly is a midwife and what does she do?

How Yoga Works

Yoga is big business in the U.S., and its bends and twists go by names like downward-facing dog, pigeon or camel while attracting practitioners from all walks of life. But what are the breathing exercises, meditation and poses of yoga all about?

What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?

People ask pregnant women a lot of questions. What names are you considering? When are you due? Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Are you going to use a midwife or a doula -- or both -- and just what's the difference, anyway?

How Polyamory Works

Is it possible to love more than one person? Those who practice polyamory think so, taking on multiple romantic relationships at the same time. Aside from logistics, there's potential jealousy and the social stigma that comes with it. Just how do they make it work?

How Nuns Work

If you only know about nuns through movies and television, then you might think that all nuns wield rulers while singing, dancing and flying. In reality, nuns have set themselves apart from the world to lead a more spiritual life, one with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Betrothed Through the Centuries: A Timeline of Marriage

Today's version of marriage looks very different from the unions enjoyed by our ancestors. For most of human history, marriage was more akin to a business deal between men, and the bride in question had very few rights or other options. So how did marriage become associated with love?

5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Night

The numbers don't lie: People like Valentine's Day. More than 190 million cards are sent each year, and one-third of U.S. consumers order flowers for a beloved. But why limit it to just one day? With a little bit of effort, you can have a romantic night any time of the year.

5 Rules of Office Dating Etiquette

There's an old expression that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure. But what happens when you have better luck finding romantic interests in the break room than the grocery store, library or a nearby bar?

10 Answers to Your Teen's Uncomfortable Questions

From the time they begin to talk, kids can ask some pretty difficult questions -- and as they get older, it doesn't get any easier. Here, a cheat sheet your teen's toughest questions.

10 Tips for Parents of Out-of-control Teens

Parents may feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to dealing with a troubled teenager in their family, and it's unlikely that there's a quick fix or a cure. But there are options.