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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

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.

An Anteater's Tongue Can Be 2 Feet Long! Plus 7 Other Peculiar Anteater Facts

The anteater has one of the strangest-looking noses in the animal kingdom, a truly fabulous hairdo and a tongue that reaches places never meant to see the light of day.

Once Thought Extinct, the Tasmanian Tiger May Still Be Prowling the Planet

On Sept. 7, 1936, Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian tiger, died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, Australia. But there are those who believe this extinct species still walks the Earth.

Some Starfish Have Up to 40 Arms! Plus 10 Other Starfish Facts

What lives in water, has no gills, scales or fins and is not a fish? Yep, a starfish — which is why marine biologists have renamed these creatures sea stars.

Is It a Pig? A Hog? No, It's a Javelina

Known in some circles as a 'musk hog' or 'skunk pig,' the javelina's good looks may be in the eye of the beholder, but there's a lot more to this beauty than meets the eye.

Isolation and Monotony Stress the Brain. Here's How to Cope

Social isolation, boredom and monotony in these days of COVID-19 may seem like passive problems, but they actually trigger the brain's stress reactions. Luckily, there's help.

9 Heavy-hitting Facts About the Greatest, Muhammad Ali

He was cocky when it came to his boxing career but charitable when it came to his heart. We're talking of course about Muhammad Ali, whose legacy shines as brightly today as his left jab once stung opponents in the ring.

Horses Have an Extraordinary Ability to Help Humans

Horses are extremely sensitive to human emotions and are able to pick up on our subtlest feelings to help us uncover emotional blind spots.

8 Free Apps to Help You Stay Connected During Coronavirus

Need ways to stay in touch with your family and friends while you're quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic? We've got several simple apps so you can reach out virtually.

Baby Won't Sleep? 5 Tips From a Baby Sleep Coach

For new parents, one of the biggest challenges is getting their newborn to sleep. We talked to an expert to find out the biggest mistakes people make and how to avoid them.

Baby It's Cold Outside! How the Arctic Fox Survives Frigid Temps

The arctic fox is able to thrive in temperatures as low as -58 degrees F (-50 degrees C), largely because it has fur on the soles of its feet and the warmest coat of any animal on Earth.

How the Adirondack Chair Became the Comfiest One You Can Own

The comfort of the wide armrests, high back and slanted seat of the Adirondack chair have made it legendary since its invention in the early 1900s.

The Lowdown on the Lion-like Leonberger

At between 120 and 170 pounds, you might expect the massive Leonberger to be aggressive and hard to handle — turns out, they're intelligent, gentle and sensitive family dogs.

How Azaleas Became the Signature Flowers of the South

These showy pink, purple, red and white blossoms dazzle through the spring and summer and are ubiquitous throughout the southern U.S.

What's the Difference Between a Mountain Lion and a Cougar?

Puma, panther, mountain cat, mountain lion, mountain screamer, painter, catamount and, yes, cougar. This cat has a lot of names!

Delightful Daffodils Are Super Easy to Grow. Here's How

Requiring little care and upkeep, daffodils are bright, showy perennials that symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.

How to Give Your Dog CPR

It's one of your worst nightmares. Your dog isn't breathing and you can't find his pulse. Do you know what to do to save his life?

Seahorses Have Hotels! Plus 9 Other Amazing Seahorse Facts

Dwindling natural habitats are causing a significant decline in certain seahorse species. To bolster populations, researchers in Australia are building seahorse hotels and leaving the lights on.

Is There Really a Cork Crisis?

Cork is the go-to material for wine stoppers and bulletin boards. So are we really running out of it? And if so, what happens?

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