Katy Willis

Katy Willis is a writer, master herbalist, master gardener, and certified canine nutritionist who has been writing since 2002. She’s finds joy in learning new and interesting things, and finds history, science, and nature endlessly fascinating.

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Weird State Laws That Sound Made Up But Are Actually Real

The US has a complex history, and each state has it own set of (mostly sensible) laws its citizens must abide by, alongside federal laws. But hidden among the understandable ones are some laws that are weirdly absurd. It’s true that these quirky state laws aren’t generally enforced anymore, but technically, they could be. And […]

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12 Chilling Unsolved Crimes and Mysteries That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Have you ever come across a mystery so chilling and inexplicable that it leaves you with goosebumps? We’re drawn to these stories like moths to a flame, even though they might keep us up at night. If you’re someone who finds thrill in the creepy, gruesome, or simply baffling, then buckle up because we’ve got

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These 23 Titanic Facts That Will Make You See the Tragedy in a New Light

The Titanic, perhaps the most legendary ship ever, was a masterpiece of early 20th-century engineering, funded by American tycoon J.P. Morgan and constructed at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. Thanks to the movie and other works of popular fiction, any people think they know everything there is to know about the Titanic, but they’re wrong.

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Think You’ve Heard It All? 22 Flat Earth Beliefs That Will Astonish You

Flat Earthers are a passionate bunch, dedicating a considerable amount of resources to support their unconventional views. Interestingly, a significant number of Flat Earthers intertwine their scientific convictions with deep religious beliefs, which might shed light on some of their more peculiar theories. I’m not here to make fun of the Flat Earth folks, but

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I Asked an AI Art Generator to Show Me Mental Health Conditions. Here Are the Results.

There’s a lot of controversy around AI art generators, but I’ve used MidJourney before to help bring my ideas to life. And I wanted to explore how it would interpret common mental health conditions in artistic form. People, myself included, often find it difficult to express what their mental heath conditions feel like. So I

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15 Oddly Specific Phobias That Will Make You Say “What?!”

While fears of spiders and heights are common, there are some fears that might seem bizarre but are very much real and can cause significant distress to those affected. I took a look at some of the weirder, lesser-known phobias, and was reminded again, just how strange the human brain really is. Phobophobia: Fear of

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Microplastics in the Ocean: Understanding the Scale and Impact

Microplastics are a pervasive issue in today’s oceans, affecting water quality, marine life, and risk to human health. These tiny plastic fragments, measuring less than five millimeters in length, stem from a variety of sources, including larger plastic debris that degrades over time and consumer products that contain microbeads. Due to their small size, microplastics

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Axolotl

Axolotls are fascinating creatures that have captured the hearts of many with their unique appearance and remarkable abilities. These aquatic salamanders, native to Mexico, have become popular pets and research subjects due to their regenerative powers and endearing features. Here are 15 things you might not know about these captivating creatures. Axolotls Are Critically Endangered

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41 Science Facts That Prove Reality Is Wilder Than Your Wildest Dreams

Science is so much cooler than baking soda volcanoes and making slime (although slime is undeniably fun!). The planet and the universe is full of amazing and fascinating things. The human body alone is remarkable. So is nature, space, and computing. I could’ve written an endless list of cool science facts, but here are some

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