Why Things are: Answers to Every Essential Question in Life

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Ballantine Books, 1991 - Humor - 345 pages
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"Not only does Joel Achenbach ask some great questions, but he actually answers them--and with a rigor that puts him somewhere between Socrates and Miss Manners. Plus he's funnier than either of them.:
Judy Jones and William Wilson
Authors of AN INCOMPLETE EDUCATION
From the dawn of time to yesterday's headlines, from baseball to the atom bomb, fromant farms to Peperidge Farm, syndicated columnist Joel Achenbach answers the perennial question, WHY?
Why do foreign languages sound so fast?
Wh do fools fall in love?
Why don't people talk in elevators?
And much more.

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Contents

Bugs
3
Gadgets
19
Creeping Surrealism
31
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Joel Achenbach is a reporter for "The Washington Post", and the author of six previous books, including "The Grand Idea", "Captured by Aliens" and "Why Things Are". He started the "Washington "Post's"" first blog, Achenblog, and has worked on the newspaper's national Style magazine and Outlook staffs. He regularly contributes science articles to "National Geographic". A native of Gainesville, Florida and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

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