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Steven John

Steven John

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, is often spotted in a kayak or canoe, and is usually found at home with his wife, son, and daughter. His books hang out at and, aside from The Manual, he has contributed to 'Business Insider,' 'New York Magazine,' and several other sites. Please reach out to The Manual editorial staff with any questions or comments about Steven’s work.

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How to escape and survive an alligator attack

There are some steps you can take to help your chances of surviving an alligator encounter, should you be in a situation that calls for them. Here they are.
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Grilling safety tips (so the only things roasted are your meat and veggies)

Following these grilling safety tips will help prevent accidents and keep your barbecues injury-free.
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6 easy camping cocktails to shake your post-hike thirst

The secret to making great camping cocktails while you're far from home is keeping it simple and delicious. Here are the best cocktails you can try.
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How to change a light fixture without getting shocked

Can you twist two wires together? Can you do that twice? Then you can change a light fixture. You'll be surprised how easy it is with just a few instructions.
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The 10 best inspirational books that can change your life

10 inspirational books to help you feel ready to face what's next this year.
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The 7 best classic fantasy books to get lost in

If you're looking to get into the genre or are already an aficionado with a few gaps in your reading list, classic fantasy novels are always a fine choice.
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12 classic sci-fi books everyone should read

The stories found within are rich in characters, worlds, and nuance. Here are 12 classic sci-fi novels everyone should read.
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10 famous speeches in history that continue to stand the test of time

Great speeches transcend time and place, offering wisdom that speaks to every era and stirring souls long after their speakers' tongues have been silenced.
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How to pack a suit when you’re traveling light

Need help with how to pack a suit for your trip? Pick the method that works best for you and never have to stress about that part of traveling again.
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How to drive in the snow: The complete guide to staying safe

Want to learn how to drive in snow like a pro? Here are our top tips, tricks, skills, and gear to take the sting out of winter driving.
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The 10 best back exercises you can do, according to a celebrity trainer

A strong and functional back will help prevent injuries and add shape to your physique, so we've listed the best back exercises for you.
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La Croix, Waterloo, Schweppes, and more: The best sparkling water on the market

Call it sparkling water, seltzer water, or carbonated water, these delicious drinks deliver flavor and refreshment without the calories.
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The best kinds of wood for indoor fireplaces (and a few to never burn indoors)

There are few things more pleasurable about the autumn and winter months than a warm fire crackling in a fireplace.
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The 5 best sports drink brands that aren’t Gatorade

Want to switch up your sports drink regimen? Here are some of the best sports drink brands out there to try today, and they aren't Gatorade.
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How to get rid of cigar smell, breath, and smoke for good

If you love puffing away on a fine cigar but you (or your partner) hate the way it makes your breath, clothes, and house smell, we've got you covered.
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A well-prepared motorist’s guide: How to jump-start a car

Learning how to jump-start a car results in less unpredictable situations, so we assembled a step-by-step guide to help you hone this automotive skill.

Beyond the booze: A historian explains the real history of St. Patrick’s Day

We break down St. Patrick's Day history beyond wearing green and throwing back Irish-themed drinks.
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Nixon watches are a fine choice for a first quality timepiece

Nixon watches bridge the gap between cheap, functional watches and pricier, luxury chronometers. For this reason, these watches a great investment
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The fascinating history of Valentine’s Day (it’s way weirder than you thought)

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th? What's special about it? Let's find out in our guide about the bone-chilling history of V-day.
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5 interesting facts about the Super Bowl’s history to gear up for the game

The Super Bowl is upon us, with the Eagles playing the Chiefs in Arizona this February. But what of the history and tradition wrapped up in the biggest game?
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Cold weather hacks: The winter driving tips you need

For those of you who live in regions of the United States that get cold, here are a few quick ways to make driving a cold car less unpleasant this winter.
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The 7 Best Trekking Poles for Your Upcoming Hike

In this guide, we'll give you a rundown of the best trekking poles as well as teach you how to choose the right pair of poles for your next hike.
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Why Vinyl Records Are Making a Comeback in 2022

What's behind the resurgence of records in the digital age?
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The 10 Best Energy Drinks to Buy in 2022

Energy drinks are a great way to give your body the added edge needed to push harder and longer physically and to stay focused and on task mentally.
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The 22 Best Gifts for Co-workers This Holiday

Level up your workplace presents by giving your colleagues something more professional yet thoughtful, like these best co-worker gifts.
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9 Great Books by Latin American Authors To Read This Month

Latin American literature is hardly monolithic -- no single theme informs the major works and no set historical events define the bulk of writing.
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The 10 Best Water Filters To Buy for Home and Outdoor Use in 2022

Don't be fooled by seemingly clean tap water. The best water filters for 2022 will help ensure that the H2O you consume is fresh and contaminant-free.

The 7 Best Folding Bikes for Commuting, Exercise, and Fun

You can get folding bikes suitable for hours of cycling on streets, sidewalks, and even trails without cluttering up your life. Here are the best ones.
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How to Change a Tire, Complete With Hacks and Mistakes To Avoid

Don't wait to be stuck in the middle of nowhere before learning how to change a tire. Knowing how to do such task is a timeless skill needed in emergencies.
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The 14 Best Board Games to Play Right Now

Here's a list of the best board games sure to keep players of all skill levels and ages occupied for hours.
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Be Prepared with the 8 Best First-Aid Kits for 2022

Accidents, injuries, burns, bug bites, and worse can strike at any time. Be prepared and equip yourself with the best first aid kits of 2022.
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Best Recyclable Cups, Bowls, and Plates to Make Your Next Camping Trip Easier

With recyclable camping dishes, you can stick with the "leave no trace" mantra but avoid cleaning day-old food gunk off of reusable cups, plates, and cutlery.
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Best Affordable Vacation Ideas: Get Outta Town, Not Outta Cash

If you're flexible creative, your next getaway might be memorable, cheap, and lots of fun. Here are some of the best cheap vacation ideas to get you started.
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How to Make Lobster Rolls the Easy (and Cheap) Way

Lobster rolls are all the rage, and for damn good reason (it's because they're delicious). Here's how to easily make a lobster roll without breaking the bank.
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The 15 Best Quotes About Fatherhood You Will Ever Hear

You don't have to figure out fatherhood on your own. Here are the best 15 quotes by fathers that will help you feel like you're not such big screw-up after all.
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The 9 Best CBD Sodas and Seltzers That Bring Out the Flavor

CBD soda and seltzer continue to be all the rage. Here are nine of the best to try right now.
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Man School 101: How to Unclog the Kitchen Sink

The best way to deal with a clogged kitchen sink is to not let it get clogged in the first place. But a good ol' plunger might be all you need for that clog.
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5 of the Most Expensive Gins in the World

As it turns out, there are a number of high-quality gins out there that will cost you a pretty penny. Here are five of the most expensive gins in the world.
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How This Winery CEO’s Canoe-Building Quest Healed a Lingering Family Wound

Writing a memoir that has received early praise from Nick Offerman was a thing that Preszler never planned to do but has since done masterfully.
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Spring Lawn Care Tips: How to Bring Your Yard Back to Life After Winter

You can usually revive your lawn with just a few hours of work followed by routine maintenance like mowing, light weeding, and proper irrigation. Here's how.
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The 5 Best Products for Growing Food Indoors with Zero Gardening Experience in 2021

You can enjoy fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies anytime of year when you set up an indoor garden. Here's our list for the best products for growing food indoors.
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The 9 Best Potato Mashers to Buy in 2022

We found the best potato mashers from budget to luxury mashers, so you can easily make visually appetizing mashed potatoes.
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The 7 Best Running Books to Read For Every Kind of Runner

The writers featured here will help inspire any non-runner to strap on a pair of shoes, and inspire current runners to push harder, faster, and longer.
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The 25 Best Kitchen Gifts Under $25 That Will be Plenty Appreciated

Don't let your kitchen become a nightmare with the best kitchen gifts under $25 for 2021, guaranteed to bolster efficiency without breaking the bank.
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Pizza Icon Anthony Mangieri’s Secret To Making Life-Changing Pizza From Scratch

Chef Anthony Mangieri has made more than 700,000 pizzas in his lifetime, and counting.
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How To Upgrade Your Home Office for Less Than $100

Improving your work from home space need not mean costly renovations and remodels.
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Joe Lo Truglio Shows Us How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Right Way

Saint Patrick's Day is all about enjoying a bit of time spent with friends and without working.
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Survivorman Les Stroud Has Shown a Generation of Men How to Survive in the Wild

As Survivorman, Stroud grew into globally recognized figure. In the process, he pioneered an entirely new genre: survival TV.
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The One Small Change My Family Made During the Pandemic that Keeps Us Grounded

Every night, as we sit down together at dinner, we go around the table and we each say our "Thankfuls."
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The Grown Man’s Guide on How to Make a Resume

How do you write a great resume? As with all writing, concision and clarity are critical. Your task is to lay out your experience, skills, and qualifications.