Saturday Feature: HowStuffWorks

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Due to a massive cold that hit me starting yesterday and into the weekend, I have been too tired to do much of anything save sleep, drink water, and take that one French final. So, this post is a Saturday feature rather than a Friday feature - but other than the difference in alliteration, the website is still awesome!

HowStuffWorks is a website of monolithic proportions, involving podcasts, blogs, and articles about just about everything. I typically listen to two of their many fabulous podcasts (Stuff You Should Know and Stuff Mom Never Told You) and read the blogs daily. They keep me updated on everything from this intense TRON hotel room to how to grow a moon garden to the psychological effects of product advertisements. All in all, both the blogs and the podcasts keep me waist-deep in nerd knowledge. And I love it.
The articles are also very thorough - for instance, I woke up this morning with the song "Home on the Range" stuck in my head and I wondered: are there really American antelopes? For those of you that don't already know, one of the prominent lines of that song is "where the deer and the antelope play..." So, I got on my trusty laptop and searched up the word "antelope" and, lo and behold, they had a listing of antelopes, where they were from and their ecology. Awesome. Now I know that antelope does not apply to just one animal, but is a class of four-legged beast and that there is also a mislabeled faux-antelope called the American antelope. I can feel the nerd power coursing within me.

Anyway, I think that this website and its various features can keep someone who enjoys knowledge entertained for many many days - so check out HowStuffWorks.

Check out some more media that I absorb in my follow-up series Caught My Eye.