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Product Details

  • Series: Imponderables Books
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060888431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060888435
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Feldman is the author of ten previous volumes of Imponderables®. He has a master's degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and consults and lectures on the media. He lives in New York City.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
David Feldman returns! . . . for fans of his series of

IMPONDERABLES books (and I'm one), that's good news because

by reading his latest effort, you'll learn the answer to the question

raised in the title: WHY DO PIRATES LOVE PARROTS? . . . along

with answers to such other questions as: Why are most psychics

women? How does the vending machine know when it's Sunday?

And why do peanut butter cookies have crisscross marks

on them?

I like the fact that Feldman thoroughly researches each and

every question, then proceeds to answer it in a manner that

not only informs but also puts a smile on your face . . . for

example, in case you've always been wondering what do they stuff

in medicine balls to make them so heavy, he found this out from

the MediBall company:

The balls are filled with an aqueous gel composed of potassium

polyacrylate and water. It is non-toxic and non-hazardous,

the same material is used an absorbent in baby diapers. Should

not hurt you unless you eat too many of them.

I also liked his discussion of the most frequently asked irritating

questions . . . among them: Do blind people dream? (Yes, but

they rarely see anything in their dreams.) . . . also: How many

licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? (The

average seems to be 600 to 800 licks, though my finding

is more along the lines of Mr. Turtle, who when in commercials

was asked how many licks it took him to get to the center,

replied, "I never made it without biting."

The accompanying drawings by longtime Imponderables illustrator

Kassie Schwan added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book that

will make a great holiday gift for folks of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maria goretti on October 26, 2011
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These books are great to own or give as gifts because they bring hours of enjoyment to all. We use ours as coffee table books so when we have company these books open up all sorts of topics of discussion. We have bought these as gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person at holidays and for birthdays. A must buy for inquiring minds or for those you want to develop an inquiring mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance Martin on August 21, 2010
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I like Mr. Feldmans' books, so it was cool to find such a deal.
It's a quick read and there are some questions which will make you laugh out loud.
BE CAREFUL: I will buy Feldman books sight unseen, but be careful of REPRINTS if you see a title which you may think is new, search online to make sure it is not a re-hashed title of a book you already have. I ended up giving away one of these, and my gift receiver loved the book.
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By Scott C Akers on March 29, 2014
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Not quite as good as Feldman's previous Imponderables volumes (although still worthy of a read), and it's apparently his last. Kind of a shame, too, since these books are full of interesting tidbits.
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