Wendy Bowman

Contributing Writer

Wendy Bowman is a freelance writer working out of San Clemente, California. Wendy has 30-plus years of experience creating content for magazines, websites and more, and she writes about a wide variety of topics for HowStuffWorks. Find her on LinkedIn.

Recent Contributions

Why the Stamp Act Was Reviled in the American Colonies

The British imposition of the Stamp Act in 1765 drew street demonstrations against the new law in the American colonies, resulting in its eventual repeal.

Langurs Are Primates That Love to Monkey Around

There are over 60 species of langur in the world, all of which eat a plant-based diet and most of which burp a lot.

6 Facts About the Lovely, Incredibly Destructive, Lionfish

The showy lionfish is a stunning beauty. But this invasive species, which was released into the wild in the 1980s, is wreaking havoc on delicate reef ecosystems worldwide.

9 Enormous Facts About Sperm Whales, Gigantic Creatures of the Sea

Sperm whales are one of the largest creatures in the ocean. And they have the biggest brain on the planet. So are they also the smartest? We'll tell you.

Why Is the Goldendoodle So Popular, and Do They Make Good Pets?

What do you get when you mix a poodle and a golden retriever? An oodleriever? Nope — you get a goldendoodle. They're great pets, but have a ton of rambunctious energy and need a lot of play time and attention.

6 Facts About the Majestic Snowy Owl

From the fictional Hedwig in the Harry Potter series, to those that live wild and free, the snowy owl is one of the most captivating species of owl in the world.

The Greyhound-like Borzoi Can Take Down a Wolf. What Can Your Dog Do?

A popular companion dog for European royalty for centuries, this elegant breed is still sought after worldwide, though somewhat difficult to find in the U.S.

The Echidna Is One of the World's Strangest Mammals

From the four-headed male reproductive organ to hosting the world's largest flea and sporting a body covered in spiny hairs, this cute little creature takes the cake for mammalian weirdness.

Why You — and Your Dog — Should Be Taking Glucosamine

As both human and animal bodies age, the cushioning connective tissue known as cartilage begins to wear down. That's where glucosamine comes in.

The Fast and Furious Peregrine Falcon Is a Midair Hunting Machine

While the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, the peregrine falcon, a large predatory raptor, is by far the fastest bird on planet Earth.

8 Famous Parks Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Plus a Tiny One You May Not Know About

The designer of New York's Central Park believed that public parks were 'democratic spaces' belonging to all citizens, and aren't we glad he did?

The Rusty-spotted Cat Is a Teeny-tiny Wild Cat

This kitten-looking wild cat is known as the 'hummingbird of the cat family' and could almost fit in the palm of your hand, but its diminutive size belies a ferocious personality.

How the White House Rose Garden Became the Most Famous Garden in the World

The White House Rose Garden has been the scene of many history-making events, but the story of its creation is a fascinating tale in itself.

What's the Difference Between a Stoat and a Weasel?

The stoat and the weasel might look alike, but they're not the same animal. The stoat is a serious predator that kills its prey like a vampire!

What's the Difference Between Manta Rays and Stingrays?

These two sea creatures can be easy to confuse. But they're actually quite different. We talked to experts to find out how to tell them apart.

Why It's Important to Digitize Your Vintage Photos and Movies

Have a ton of precious old movies, photos and VHS tapes sitting in boxes gathering dust? It's time to go digital and preserve those memories for future generations.

Sunflowers Really Do Follow the Sun and 9 Other Dazzling Facts

Sunflowers are incredibly tough and can be grown in almost any soil. Plus, it's hard not to smile when you see a field of these bright yellow rays.

Is It a Zebra? A Giraffe? No, It's an Okapi

The okapi may look like a zebra-horse combo, but its closest relative is the giraffe. Here are nine fascinating facts about this curious creature.

Xoloitzcuintli: The Mexican Hairless Dog, Ancient Guide to the Underworld

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

The Cassowary Is the World's Most Dangerous Bird

This exotic bird could seriously injure or kill a person or a dog in an instant with its deadly claws.