Sharise Cunningham is a content strategist by day, freelance writer by night and digital nomad always. She has a degree in journalism, has lived in Sweden and taught English in Prague, Czech Republic. She loves hiking, riding her Harley, and anything she can do with dogs. You can find her online at www.sharisecunningham.com.

Recent Contributions

The first commercial jetliners had square windows. So why did engineers change the design to the rounded windows we know today?

By Sharise Cunningham

The Garden State is the only state in the U.S. where it's illegal to pump your own gas. What gives?

By Sharise Cunningham

The Mars solar conjunction occurs every two years and forces NASA to stop communicating with assets on the Red Planet. So what's the deal?

By Sharise Cunningham

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The first gun was created more than 1,000 years ago, effectively changing warfare — and society — in incomprehensible ways. But do we know who actually made the first firearm?

By Jeff Harder & Sharise Cunningham

You better measure it before you put a ring on it. At least that's what Beyoncé said, and she got herself an 18-carat stunner.

By Sharise Cunningham

Not all deserts have sand and they're certainly not all hot. They're just extremely dry and have little vegetation. That means deserts are located all over the planet, including at super-high elevations.

By Sharise Cunningham

Some of the best U.S. restaurants are 86ing meat from their menus. What's this about and are other restaurants going to follow suit?

By Sharise Cunningham

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What most people remember about Apollo 14 is Alan Shepard hitting golf balls on the moon. But on the same mission, command module pilot Stuart Roosa took seeds to space and back and now they're beautiful trees on Earth.

By Sharise Cunningham

Riparian buffers are critical for protecting our local waterways from polluted runoff. So what exactly are they and how do they work?

By Sharise Cunningham

The New York Stock Exchange has changed its hours many times since its inception in the late 18th century. Why? And what hours does it keep now?

By Sharise Cunningham

It's a behavior synonymous with gorillas — beating the chest. But why do they do it? Researchers think they've figured out what the purpose is behind that pounding.

By Sharise Cunningham

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If you do this tonight, you'll be all set tomorrow morning with a healthy and delicious breakfast.

By Sharise Cunningham

Sherbet and sorbet are nearly identical in name and ingredients so it's no wonder we often confuse the two. So what makes these two frozen desserts different?

By Sharise Cunningham

You know both names but do you know how they're different?

By Sharise Cunningham

Tired of cooking every meal at home every day? We get it. And are here with ways to make dinnertime simple again.

By Sharise Cunningham

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Lemon zest imparts a bright and citrusy flavor to both savory and sweet foods. Best of all, it's super simple to make using the right tools and the peel of a lemon.

By Sharise Cunningham

It's not just the size that differentiates a lake from a pond. The real distinctions flow much deeper.

By Sharise Cunningham

When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush? Or bought a new one? Maybe it's time.

By Sharise Cunningham

There's no question you love your cats and dogs like family. What you don't love is their shedding.

By Sharise Cunningham

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She was the first woman to ride solo on a motorcycle across the United States, and was known as the 'Motorcycle Queen of Miami.' And that's just the beginning of her story.

By Sharise Cunningham

Surely you've watched tons of sunsets in your lifetime. But have you ever seen the sunset and the moonrise simultaneously? Is that even possible?

By Sharise Cunningham

There are 20 different types of "national parks" that fall under the protection of the National Park Service, including national monuments and actual parks. But what makes them different?

By Sharise Cunningham