Play It Again, Tom

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Random House, Oct 31, 2011 - Humor - 320 pages
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Dogs can smell electricity. Cats can heal bones by purring. Kittens can contact their mothers via a secret, ultra-sonic language. Dogs can understand a vocabulary of 200 human words.

Every day, it seems, new scientific discoveries are fuelling the age old argument about which of man's two best friends really is the superior species. Augustus Brown fans the flames further with this collection of the weirdest, most wonderful and downright incredible of these truths about cats and dogs. Did you know, for instance, that dogs can see moving objects 900 yards away, and that cats can sense earthquakes coming? Or that dogs prefer Bach to Britney, while cats prefer drugs to chocolate?

Fascinating, funny and provocative, his book may not settle the debate once and for all. But it is certain to set cat and dog lovers arguing like, well you know what...

 

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Contents

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1
Canine and Feline
35
PART
129
PART EIGHT
189
PART NINE
219
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251
Pet Sounds and What They Really
262
PART THREE
266
How Cats and Dogs Usually
281
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About the author (2011)

Augustus Brown is the author of Why Pandas Do Handstands, a collection of curious scientific facts about the animal kingdom in general. In this, his second book, he turns his attention to cats and dogs, creatures that have intrigued him since he was a boy growing up on a Welsh farm with a German Shepherd-Sheepdog cross called Sputnik and a one-eyed tabby called Wilfred. In compiling this book, he scoured through countless scientific archives, books and studies, as well as scores of zoological and biological websites. He also consulted leading experts in the animal science world. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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