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A sequel of sorts to the bestselling Does Anything Eat Wasps?, this compilation of readers' questions and answers published in "The Last Word" column of New Scientist Magazine 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.
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The latest collection of "Last Words" columns from New Scientist magazine, in which experts in various fields responds to readers' questions, is entertaining and enlightening. Sorted into several categories--"Our Bodies," "Weird Weather," etc.--the questions deal mainly with everyday matters. Why do we sneeze when we emerge from the shade into the light? (Theories vary.) Why do our knuckles make that sound when we crack them? (Bubbles of nitrogen gas popping in the joints.) Why do we cry when we slice an onion? (Amino acids are released into the air, acting as an irritant.) We learn a lot of interesting stuff, and it's surprising how many common questions have no definitive answer: for example, hot water either does or does not freeze faster than cold water, depending on whom you listen to. Trivia nuts, especially fans of the earlier book Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2006),not to mention David Feldman's long-running Imponderables series, will eat this one up. David Pitt
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A fun read for the knowledge and comprehension based crowd. Some of those overlooked questions... answered.
Please sir, may I have another book?
It's a book, what does one say about a product like this. I wanted one and I now have itPublished on April 3, 2013 by Michael J. Blais
It was an ok book it was not funny exciting like bound and broken
by the way if you have not read that book
In 1994, the New Scientist started a column, The last word, devoted to everyday science questions asked by readers, with answers also provided by readers. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Peter Durward Harris
Fun to read. It also caught the attention of my teenagers. It has many interesting facts that worked their way into meal time discussions and questions during a long road trip. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Abbey Strauss
I thought this would be a book with real scientific answers to trivial, everyday phenomena. What I got was a book with a question, followed by a bunch of answers from mostly... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Andy Anderson
The 'New Scientist' is a weekly magazine, first published in 1956, that covers the recent happenings in the scientific world. Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Craobh Rua