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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions (New Scientist) by [New Scientist, Mick O'Hare]
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An ideal Christmas gift for lovers of the strange and baffling. (Publishing News)

A fascinating mix of the baffling, ridiculous and trivial ... answers the scientific questions you never got round to asking. (Daily Express)

They are the things we've all wondered about, from why we cry when we slice onions, to what makes our hair turn grey (Daily Mirror)

The answers to life's most perplexing questions ... at last, the mysteries of the world are explained ... the book everyone is talking about (Independent on Sunday)

[An] extraordinary book ... responsible for putting popular science back on its feet. (Radio 5 Live)

If you have ever wondered why hair turns grey, fingers get crinkled in the bath or if the Great Wall of China really is visible from space, Mick O'Hare has the answers. (CNN)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1938 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; FIRST edition (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XA6IR4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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By Alessi Lover TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2007
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2006
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Now here is a thing. This book actually doesn't tell you the answers in many cases to the questions posed. In fact the questions are generally much better than the answers. The problem is that the questions are not dealt with by the authors or experts in the field of the particular question. They are answered by Joe Public who reads the New Scientist, which is all well and good if the person is Prof of that discipline relevant to the poser, but this is not normally the case. Also the questions are often answered by more than one person and often with differing results. My feeling is that whilst clearly some people are worth listening to, the fact that any old Tom, Dick or Harry with a plausible and possibly right or wrong answer means that you just can't actually feel that you know the correct answer. Sort of defeats the role of the book to be honest.
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