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5 Oct 2006

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? - the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller - this new collection includes recent answers never before published in book form, and also old favourites from the column's early days.

Yet again, many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' is regularly voted the magazine's most popular section as it celebrates all questions - the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange. This new selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.


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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; FIRST edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978769
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Extraordinary book... responsible for putting popular science
back on its feet'
-- BBC Radio 5 Live

'a fascinating mix of the baffling, ridiculous and trivial...
answers the scientific questions you never got round to asking'
-- Daily Express

'at last, the mysteries of the world are explained... the book
everyone is talking about'
-- Independent on Sunday

Book Description

What time is it at the North Pole? Should you pickle your conkers? Why does my aubergine look like Elvis? These, plus 111 other questions answered.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for any age ! 23 Feb 2007
By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Wonderful for anybody that wants to know the answers to life's sometimes baffling questions (especially if you have children that want the answers to questions that sometimes you even have doubts about). This book is almost certainly for you (look really clever in front of the childern, no more ask the teacher the answer to that one). Boys will love the question on snot, and for you older one's (the answer to why hair goes grey might be of some help, no it is not too much perming or colouring, buy and book and read it to find out.

I originally bought the book for our daughter who is aged 15 but couldn't resist a look at it myself, had to read it though as it is just so gripping, once looking at one question and answer, then it snowballs. (At least if I get caught short on the conversation front, now I can think of different questions and see how people answer), or they will just look and think what the heck am I on.

A must book for summer holidays, long car journeys, you could ask one question and get everyone to give their answer to it, enjoyable fun and could put the end to are we there yet?

Bought my copy from Amazon on offer, so got a really good deal, but even at full price less than 8.00 still a good buy.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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This book, the follow up to 'Does Anything Eat Wasps?', of trivial, is a wonderful compilation of trivial, unimportant questions that you might wonder about but never really knew the answer to, or who to ask, or where to look.

Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? compiles a list of these questions, all categorised into their own section, all come with a variety of responses (scientific, factual and sometimes funny and bizarre) for you to enjoy.

You don't have to be an expert in science to appreciate and enjoy this book (such as me). Embrace it and learn something new everyday. Definitely worth checking out.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
There are now quite a few of these type of books around, but this volume and its partner (the one about Does Anything Eat Wasps?) are the originals. And they are very entertaining!

The information is taken from New Scientist magazine, however, so very often it is quite complex and detailed. The questions are very varied, and range across natural history, biology, chemistry, physics, astrophysics -- you name it. Sometimes the questions are very basic; sometimes they are complicated -- and sometimes the answers can be half a dozen lines or several pages long.

These trivia snippets are a bit like grown-up factoids: interesting to read and file away, and maybe useful once in a blue moon, but mainly worth reading to satisfy some curiosity.

Because the book is divided into sections, and each question forms a different topic, it is very easy to dip in and out of this book. It's much harder to read it all in great long sessions, as you would a novel.

So this is maybe a book to keep in the small room and flick through when the mood takes you!

Although it is non-fiction, Penguin's Feet isn't a reference book as such. Because the topics are so different, and the replies vary in depth and detail, this really isn't a serious science guide.

Instead it's a jolly compilation which lets you surf through some science -- and it's no problem if you skip the bits you don't understand!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book of fun facts 1 Nov 2006
By Thrud Fan VINE VOICE
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I cannot fault this book. I to was a fan of the first one (which if you read the intro to this book was actually the third book based on the last word). A great book for enquiring minds, pub bores and anybody else who wants to know if a fly can stop a train, why the sky is blue and what time it is at the North Pole.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another hit from profile 31 Oct 2006
By JimW
Format:Paperback
I picked this up cos i liked Lynne Truss's book - eats shoots and leaves. Rarely do i follow publishers, but the people behind Lynne's book put this out, so I bought it. And loved it. The balance of bizarre factoids and science behind them is spot on. There's a lot of question and answer books out at the moment but this ranks as one of the best. Interestingly, the other one i'd recommend is also by the same publishers and is called the end of the question mark. They seem to be on a roll!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 6 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed both books equally; the questions were simple enough the answers even simpler in some instances. Now I know why the penguin's feet don't stick and who or not eats wasps, couldn't get through the day without the answers. Enjoyable read
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back the scientist in me! 30 Nov 2006
By KB 661
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This book has carried on the great tradition of the New Scientist's Last Word Column in answering some (115) of those questions that you just don't know the answer to.

Questions like: Why does grilled cheese go stringy; What causes the noise when you crack your knuckles? and How does a (gun) silencer work?

If you liked Does Anything East Wasps? you'll love this. This is a brilliant book for people who want to know how things work and why things happen.
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111 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Penguins' Feet Are Just the Start 6 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
I was a big fan of the first book and this one's even better. Once you start going through the questions, you get more and more caught up in them. As well as knowing about penguins' feet, I'm now also an expert on conkers, the dangerous lives of left-handers, and how to make the perfect cup of tea!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun facts
Great for answering all those impossible questions that kids ask you
I learned a few things too it was very entertaining
Published 8 months ago by Cazza
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?
This was an interesting book to read. Some of the questions were quite interesting. Would recommend for both adults and children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions

Good read.
Published 11 months ago by S. Hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Interesting.
This was an interesting read, but I only gave it 4 stars because i skipped a lot of pages which weren't of interest to me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca
3.0 out of 5 stars Book of random questions
Random facts from Why is Snot Green ? to Why are aeroplane windows so small? Some good reading in there but a lot of stuff way over my head!
Published 15 months ago by F Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book is more scientific than I thought it would be but is very informative. Certainly has educated me in alot of facts that I wondered about.
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