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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Reprint edition (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846680441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846680441
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's very funny, very ingenious and not hard to foresee another Christmas bestseller. (Publishing News)

Full of really fun things you can inflict on your family. (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Discover the speed of light with a bar of chocolate ... reveals the amazing appliance of oddball science. (The Times)

You can unravel the secrets of life, the universe and everything in your own kitchen ... brilliant. (News of the World)

I can't wait to create a six-metre fountain with a bottle of Coca-Cola and a packet of Mentos. (Bookseller)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Ali on 22 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 11yr old son - He loves it.
He couldn't wait to get experimenting.
I don't think he's realised it's educational.......yet!
(although he did want to start on the alcohol experiments first)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stevie on 7 Feb. 2009
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Why aren't there more books like this? Human beings are inquisitive creatures and will stop at nothing in their continual pursuit of knowledge. I still haven't been able to acquire a deceased hamster in order to fossilise it but I did eventually manage to find a slightly willing victim to test out the theory 'aluminium foil on a tooth filling really hurts'. The book is full of experiments you can carry out without breaking any laws in the safety of your own home. If you are an inquisitive human with a sense of humour you will really enjoy this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mortimer on 9 Jan. 2009
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A superb way of engaging with practical science around the house. Tried some of the experiments with my kids and they thought there were great fun (especially the fizzy drink and mints test!). Good read too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mick on 12 Dec. 2007
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I bought this, along with two other books as stocking stuffers but really they're great for anytime of the year. One of the others was DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY by David Sedaris, and the other was DON'T STOP ME NOW. You can't go wrong with any of these. Now, as far as HOW TO FOSSILISE YOUR HAMSTER, if not only on the practical side, it's funny as heck. Even if you don't want to do this stuff, it's great reading. Kids and adults alike. BUY IT NOW!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2008
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I've had this book for a little while, I loved reading the experiments even though I didn't try them. I've put the book aside for my grandchildren, who at 7 and 6 are embryonic 'Blue Peter kids' who are just going to love having a go at the experiments contained within. They don't own a hamster, thankfully and the springer spaniel is probably a bit on the large side for fossilisation.
Weak jokes aside, this book - and the other New Scientist publications - are an absolutely marvellous way of engaging everyone with science. If science was the subject that had you sitting looking out of the window at the back of the class, idly hoping that the teacher would catch their long hair / tie in the Bunsen burner, this is the book that will show you some of the things you missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 11 Aug. 2009
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I've never been much of scientist, but I have to admit that dating a physics geek has made me want to know a little more. But I don't want boring texts books - I want things I can actually see being done, and that are, more importantly, fun .

So, for my birthday, treated myself to a selection of books published by New Scientist magazine, including 'Does anything eat wasps' , 'Do polar bears get lonely' and this one, 'How to fossilise your hamster'.

While the first two are books answering various questions, this book actually contains lots of experiments , of the type that can be easily and safely performed in your own home using easily obtained ingredients. These experiments are divided up into categories depending on which room would be the best room to perform them in, and each experiment takes about a page and a half to explain, so there's nothing too heavy going . Some experiments are accompanied with easy to understand diagrams that illustrate the results or how to set things up correctly .

Experiments range from turning eggs green using the water from cooking red cabbage, measuring the speed of light using a chocolate bar and a microwave, washing your clothes with conkers, and of course fossilising your hamster (although you should make sure it's dead first!)

Over the last couple of days my daughter and myself have done a few of the experiments - such as leaving dirty coins in cola to clean them, and testing out the theories that hot water freezes faster than cold water, and that a snapped strand of spaghetti will always snap into 3 pieces .

We plan to go shopping on tuesday to get a few items needed for some of the others - we're both particularly keen to try the coke and mentos experiment, having watched it on youtube .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matty on 11 Dec. 2007
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How to Fossilise Your Hamster is a really good fun book that would make an ideal Christmas present. I just picked up a copy for my niece and had a read through and found it really entertaining. I also really like the complete randomness of many of the experiments. This is full of really unique ideas that come right out of left field. Although not all of them appealled to me, there's something here for everyone, and it's all good fun. Which I think is the point.
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This book was loved by me, and loathed by my wife, over several days. I was equally informed and entertained page after page, and often felt that I just couldn't read fast enough.

It also lead me to begin several conversations with my wife that began ' Did you know that...' which I am sure annoyed her to no end, which made the whole experience even more fun.

You can not just enjoy yourself with this, but also, just maybe, impress a date with some awesome piece of knowledge that you gained from it. Or at the least, have some random pockets of information you can throw out to break awkward silences and to try and appear intelligent. Or not.
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