Katie Carman

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Katie is a freelance writer living in the often underrated Midwestern gem that is Cincinnati, Ohio. She writes about everything from quirky animals to ancient spirits for HowStuffWorks and uses her copywriting chops to help businesses thrive. Katie tends to stay active — shooting hoops, hiking trails and exploring the city — but she slows down for her pretty serious obsession with ice cream and stand-up comedy. Throw in a hefty dose of puns, and she’s in heaven.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into law in 1968 to protect U.S. rivers for future generations. Here are seven fabulous rivers you should check out.

We see them in paintings of the day as a congregation of arthritic old men, drily deciding the terms of the new republic while complaining about their gout, when, in actuality, some of them were as young as 26.

While it often evokes the image of a gray-haired, old gentleman let off the hook because of his age, the intention behind the term “grandfathered” came from origins far more sinister.

Cute little balls of moss, called glacier mice, have been known to move up to an inch a day, all at the same time, like a herd of mice, but how and why?

Carmine, a natural red dye also known as cochineal extract, is indeed made from the crushed bodies of the cochineal bug. And it provides the color for many of the foods we eat.

Ashwagandha, sometimes called Indian ginseng or Indian winter cherry, is one of the most prized herbs in the Indian Ayurvedic science of life.

It’s an age-old question. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Turns out, none at all. So what would a woodchuck chuck if it couldn’t chuck wood?

The Gullah Geechee people of the southern coastal U.S. painted their porch ceilings blue to trick the haints — witchy, shape-shifting spirits — into thinking their houses were surrounded by water, which everyone knows a haint can’t cross.

Two of the most commonly used tape products on the market are painter’s tape and masking tape, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. We’ll explain why.

Found along beaches and in the mangrove swamps of tropical climates, the fruit of the manchineel tree was called the ‘little apple of death’ by Spanish conquistadors.

While yaks share the bovine family tree with cows, they’re a different species altogether. And, unlike cow dung, yak poop doesn’t stink.

Lettuce has key nutrients that give both astronauts and Earth-dwellers alike a physical and psychological boost. And the lettuce grown in space is no less nutritious than the Earth-bound variety.

Since its introduction in 15th-century Yemen, Turkish coffee has served as a cultural touchstone in Middle Eastern, Eastern European and north African countries, its brewing infused with magic and myth.

A smooth, South American brandy, Pisco is experiencing an American renaissance after centuries of popularity — and disputed history — in Peru and Chile.

Proactive sluggishness, along with the ability to squeeze into tight spaces, keeps these slugs safe from predators like birds, toads and, well, fires.

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