I have only one complaint about David Feldman, one of
my favorite authors: he doesn't come out with a new book
His latest--DO ELEPHANTS JUMP?--is just out . . . it is
the tenth in the Imponderable Series, a collection of answers
to questions (raised in other titles) such as: WHY DO CLOCKS
RUN CLOCKWISE? HOW DOES ASPIRIN FIND A HEADACHE?
WHEN DO FISH SLEEP? DO PENGUINS HAVE KNEES?
Feldman has made it his life's work to answer questions that
just pop into his head . . . he also gets suggestions from his many fans, of which I'm proud to admit that I am one.
Many of his answers will make you laugh, such as his response
to this question:
What letters does Campbell's include in alphabet soup in countries that don't use our alphabet (e.g., Greece, Israel, Egypt)?
His response: And what about France? Does Campbell's include
an accent mark over the e?
He then went on to give the following answer:
The media representatives at Campbell's aren't exactly inundated
with his question, but they researched it for us and graciously
responded with the disappointing answer: Campbell's Alphabet
Soup is sold only North America. We urge reconsideration.
Contemplate the potential of Campbell's Cyrillic Soup!
Other questions are ones that I've thought about, often
more than once . . . such as:
Why do we see "stars" when we bump our head?
Why do you sometimes find ice in the urinals in men's bathrooms?
Why are some parts of our bodies more ticklish than others?
To find out the answers, you'll just have to read the book . . . if you do, you'll also enjoy the illustrations of longtime collaborator Kassie Schwan.
DO ELEPHANTS JUMP? will make a great Chankuah/Christmas/Kwanzaa
gift for just about anybody.