About Katherine Neer
Katherine started out at HowStuffWorks.com as the corporate librarian. She's since edited and written her way through a series of books, a newspaper column, Express magazine and the Web site. A southerner for real, Katherine has a deep and abiding love of sweet tea and can rock an accent on command. Her life's soundtrack would absolutely include Bessie Smith, Dolly Parton, Louis Prima, the Pressure Boys, Santigold and the Beastie Boys. Katherine currently resides out in the country with her hunky ex-rugby playing husband and their scarily intelligent Jack Russell/Beagle, the S-grrrl. She prefers freestyle to scripted, hand-beaded over bedazzled and figures the mobster lobsters from Vegas could probably crush onion head. You can find Katherine on Twitter at @HowtoStuffHSW and on Facebook at the official How-to Stuff page.
Most Recent: Katherine Neer Postings
“Please eat your vegetables!” How many parents spend mealtimes making that heartfelt plea to their kids only to get a resounding, “No!!” in reply? A lot. So much so that a plethora of recipes abound that incorporate good-for-you foods using slight-of-hand techniques or full on deception. But what if you want to serve something without all the subterfuge? Sometimes it’s all in the name. After the jump, find out how to make a truly magical-sounding treat that’s tasty and healthy too!
If you’ve read this post, then you know I’m a strawberry fan. And you also know that May is National Strawberry Month. So, of course, in celebration of this (and other things), I found myself happily picking strawberries with friends on Saturday. We were pretty industrious — my husband and I managed to pick several pounds. After the jump, find out what I made with all those berries!
Over the course of four days, I toured the world. Early Thursday morning, I went from Quincy, Mass., to Amposta, Catalonia, Spain. Next, I went from Havana to Tel Aviv. And later that day, I traveled from Chile to Jamaica. And I did it all without boarding an airplane. More after the jump.
In honor of spring, what with all the fabulous scents swirling around outside — and inside thanks to new fragrances hitting store shelves — last week I wrote a blog post on how to select a new scent. As a fun follow-up to that post, I decided to ask what fragrances my coworkers at HowStuffWorks are currently favoring. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the HowStuffWorks offices and their inhabitants smell like, you’re in luck. More after the jump.
Spring has officially arrived — as witnessed by the purple, white and yellow blooms abounding in my front yard. Along with these bright colors comes an array of delightful scents wafting by in the breeze … and at your local mall.
Yes, that’s right — the mall.
If you’ve somehow missed all the colorful ads splashing around the Internet or the teasers in your print magazines, here’s some news: Spring is a popular time of year for new fragrances to hit the market. And what better way is there to take advantage of this than shopping for a new scent.
Last week, one of my pals posted this comment to her FaceBook page — “Sprinter: My least favorite season to dress for.” And a “what not to wear” follow-up: “… a lightweight cardigan with cords!” I was in total agreement with Candace as I’d made a similar mistake by pulling out a three-quarter sleeve cardi a little too soon — it simply didn’t transition to my après work plans. Far too chilly. So, how does one manage to be stylish but still comfortable during sprinter? More after the jump.
Last weekend, in a refurbished, slightly fancified barn about five miles from my house, I had the pleasure of meeting a very eclectic group of people. There was a lady who has her own patent. There was a guy who spends a lot of time with masking tape and another who scavenges for old roofing tin. And along with them were “The Dot Man” and “The Flag Man.” So what do all these folks have in common? Find out after the jump.
When I walk into the room, this is what I see — visually alluring creations all filling me with glee. ZZZZZZZpppp. Sorry, I seem to have a serious LMFAO earworm going on this morning. So yeah, like a lot of people, I love a good gallery crawl. I especially loved them when I was a recent graduate with a very limited budget. Find out why after the jump.
Recent Postings by Category
- Thank You and Best Wishes to Marshall Brain
- Contest – Design a $300 house and win $25,000
- How the Philtrum works – the place under your nose where your face comes together
The Coolest Stuff on the Planet
- Why can a 5 foot 8 inch man dunk a basketball on a 10 foot rim while some people of taller stature can’t?
- What happens to our sun once it runs out of fuel?
- How do we know the age of the universe?
Stuff Mom Never Told You
- Do women have neater handwriting than men?
- Is learning cursive handwriting good for kids’ brains?
- Does motherhood improve brainpower?
Stuff to Blow Your Mind
- Blow Your Mind: Slay Your Paper Tigers
- Space Religion: Cao Dai and the 72 Inhabited Exoplanets
- Blow the Mind: Objects of Love
Stuff You Should Know
- “In The Neighborhood” by Jon Stewart Mosman
- “Thanatos” by Christopher Vincola
- “Frame Story” by Adam Pracht
The Stuff of Genius
- Show Notes: Heart-stopping Last Laps of Racing
- Never say Never: Jaguar XJ220 Spotted in the Wild!
- What’s your pick for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 pace car?
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 152: Final Episodes
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 151: Mailbag!
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 150: Barbie!
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
Stuff to Change the World
- Who will own the Arctic?
- Obesity: The New Global Crisis
- Bill Gates Makes For A Pretty Decent Cartoon