Yves Jeffcoat

Yves Jeffcoat

Contributing Writer

Yves is a writer and podcast host and producer based in Atlanta. Beyond her articles for HowStuffWorks, her writing has been featured in Lapham's Quarterly, The Bitter Southerner, Paper Darts, and elsewhere on the internet and in print. Hiking, traveling, practicing yoga, and watching horror are a few of the many activities that bring her joy.

Recent Contributions

Is it millions of marchers with clever signs and slogans, or does effective protest take more than just raised voices and collective outrage?

By Yves Jeffcoat

George C. Parker was so successful he gave rise to the phrase, "And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you."

By Yves Jeffcoat

Changing your name legally can involve a lot of steps. We'll break it down for you.

By Yves Jeffcoat

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Among the millions of pictures taken every year, some capture our hearts and stand the test of time. Here are the stories behind 13 of the most iconic.

By Nathan Chandler & Yves Jeffcoat

One of the most quoted (and misquoted) African American women, Maya Angelou's words and works resounded with people of all ages and stages in life. Here are five quotes that explain why.

By Yves Jeffcoat

On Aug 22, 1781, the court ordered that Mum Bett, later known as Elizabeth Freeman, should be emancipated from slavery. She was the first enslaved black woman to sue for her freedom and win.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimuli into mystifying storylines. Should we bother to interpret them? Are they random brain impulses, or do they offer insight into our waking lives?

By Lee Ann Obringer & Yves Jeffcoat

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Burqas are commonly associated with repression and religious extremism. But to many people, the veil is a sign of modesty and piety, as well as a badge of honor. What is the true meaning of the veil?

By Molly Edmonds & Yves Jeffcoat

Dreadlocks have been worn for thousands of years and in countries across the globe. Anyone with any hair texture (and a lot of patience) can grow them. Find out more about the hairstyle and the people who wear it.

By Matt Sailor & Yves Jeffcoat

Slot machines are more popular than table games at casinos — the personal interaction with dealers at the tables is often intimidating to some. On the slots, it's just you and the machine.

By John Grochowski & Yves Jeffcoat

You can see them from space. They span Dubai's coastline, providing prime real estate to interested millionaires. They're the Palm Islands of Dubai — the largest artificial islands in the world.

By Sarah Dowdey & Yves Jeffcoat

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A show that has several million viewers may seem popular to us, but a network may need millions more watching that program to make it a financial success. How do they figure out how many people are watching a show?

By Yves Jeffcoat

Born into a family of poor sharecroppers in Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer became field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and an indefatigable fighter for civil and voting rights.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Afrofuturism isn't just about placing a Black person in a futuristic landscape. It takes into account the challenges Black people face and allows them to imagine futures of their own making.

By Yves Jeffcoat

The film tells a heartwarming love story through dynamic and successful Asian characters. So, it's the perfect film to kick off a renaissance in media portrayals of Asian people, right? Maybe not.

By Yves Jeffcoat

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Blackface is alive and well. HowStuffWorks explores the history behind the practice, from minstrel and Halloween costumes to Shirley Temple and Drake.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Some people really can hear silent moving images. It's called visual-evoked auditory response, or vEAR, and one in five people may have it.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Free kids books that come out of a vending machine? Yes, please!

By Yves Jeffcoat

The latest research points to Amelia Earhart crash-landing and surviving on the island of Nikumaroro.

By Yves Jeffcoat

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'Black Panther' may be the first superhero blockbuster of the year, so what's the deal with all the hype? We'll tell you.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Read on to catch up on some of our latest podcasts and articles.

By Yves Jeffcoat

From stories on edible packaging to sheltering in place during a natural disaster, here are our best podcasts and articles of the week.

By Yves Jeffcoat

Ancient Babylonian trigonometry, a mysterious, unidentified corpse and chakrams all make an appearance in this week's roundup of our podcasts and articles.

By Yves Jeffcoat

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In this week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles, a neurological disorder causes an addiction to joking, and slug mucus inspires surprisingly strong glue for biological tissues.

By Yves Jeffcoat

This week, we bring you stories on the fascinating history of women and whiskey, frogs' debt to dinos and odd U.S. presidential habits. Read on!

By Yves Jeffcoat