Guess who’s coming to dinner?: The Famous Parents Quiz

When we at HowStuffWorks think “famous parents,” our minds don’t immediately jump to tabloid baby bumps and celebrity adoptions. Instead, we’re more interested in how motherhood and fatherhood intersected with the careers of the most influential names in science, politics and the arts — as…

How to Stretch the Foot Arch

The arch of your foot is supported by a thin ligament that connects the front to your heel. If this support band becomes stiff or inflamed, you may have plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes pain along the arch of the foot when running, toe…

How do you do a back flip in a wheelchair?

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. This is true in the case of skateboarding and the extreme sports that followed. When waves were nonexistent in Southern California in the 1970s, surfers took to the streets on skateboards. Skating in Los Angeles parking…

Nike Gridiron Workout Program

The Nike Gridiron workout program, designed for football players, is referred to as the SPARQ training program. Developed by Chris Carlisle, strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks, the program consists of detailed workouts broken down into different phases. The year-round program is designed…

The History of the Hero Sandwich

Whether you call it a hoagie, a grinder, or a sub, one thing remains: the hero is about as American as a sandwich can get. In its most traditional form, the hero consists of any number of meats (Genoa salami, mortadella, thinly sliced pepperoni, capicola,…

What Is Involved in High School Football Tryouts?

High school football coaches use tryouts as a time to assess the talent that is available to them for an upcoming season. Common high school football tryout activities include kicking, throwing, catching, blocking and sprinting, which are typically conducted with potential players dressed in shorts…

Have thousands of children in China been named Olympics?

The honor of hosting the 2008 Olympic Games belongs to Beijing, and excitement has been spreading across China since 2001 when the city was selected. Whil?e Americans might celebrate such an occasion by collecting limited edition b?obblehead dolls or donning a favorite team jersey, the…

What Are the Health Benefits of Being a Football Player?

Football is a dangerous game because of the high speed and collisions. Players regularly suffer knee, shoulder and ankle injuries and the possibility of catastrophic injury is one that players and their families must consider. Players prepare to play football by getting in excellent physical…

Podcast Goodness: Breathalyzers and the MARS Turbine

Greetings, earthlings. Chuck here from the Stuff You Should Know podcast program. How about we just get right to the goodness, isn’t everyone else really busy? Plus I refuse to talk about the weather again until early October. This week on the show, we rapped…