Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions (New Scientist) Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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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.
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.
We keep it in the pile of books for picking up ranadomly when you have an odd quiet moment, and its a great conversation starter. Some of the facts are intriguing, some are totally hilarious, but they are all interesting, and will fill in some gaps in almost everyones knowledge.
The book is divided into chapters, depending on the focus of the questions selected - our bodies, plants and animals, and weird weather for example. While the book is informative, it is equally as likely to raise a smile - the overall tone is not that of a difficult, highbrow scientific paper. Some of the questions that are dealt with include : "Why do birds never fall off their perches when sleeping ?", "Fish don't fart, why is this ?", "Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of the tube ?", "What time is it at the North Pole ?" and - from a nine year old boy - "Is it a coincidence that a human finger fits exactly into a human nostril ?"
An enjoyable and informative book - it's one I tend to dip into once in a while, rather than reading it from cover to cover.
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