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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
 
 
Author
The Editors of New Scientist.
Publisher Atria  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781416541462
Pages/Publication Date 212/2006
Daedalus Item Code 34452
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What time is it at the North Pole? What's the chemical formula for a human being? Why do boomerangs come back? Why do flying fish fly? Do the living really outnumber the dead? Why does lightning fork? As they did with Does Anything Eat Wasps?; Why Can't Elephants Jump?; and Do Sparrows Like Bach?, the editors of New Scientist here again present the cream of the magazine's "Last Word" column, answering not-so-dumb questions from readers on everyday phenomena that, when pondered, prove to have some rather complicated—and surprisingly entertaining—explanations.

"This compilation of readers' questions and answers published in 'The Last Word' column of New Scientist prove there really is no such thing as a stupid question: reader questions 'Why is nasal mucus often green?'; 'Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of its tube?'; 'Why is red meat red and white meat white?'; and 'What time is it at the North Pole?' all draw serious consideration from their fellow readers, as well as personal stories, myths, jokes and even a poem (on why the sea is salty). Readers will learn that helium atoms are small enough to diffuse through the elastic material of a balloon, which is why balloons deflate; they'll also learn how to hypnotize a mynah bird and why 'fish don't fart'; the conflagration of trivia, knowledge, anecdote and humor should entertain just about anyone."—Publishers Weekly

 
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