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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Humor - 264 pages
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Why does an "X" stand for a kiss?
Which fruits are in Juicy Fruit® gum?
Why do people cry at happy endings?
Why do you never see baby pigeons?

Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in Why Don't Cats Like to Swim? -- the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's most perplexing questions. Part of the Imponderables® series, Feldman's book arms readers with information about everyday life -- from science, history, and politics to sports, television, and radio -- that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. Where else will you learn what makes women open their mouths when applying mascara?


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When an elevator is illegally overloaded with passengers who is criminally responsible?
You are driving in bumpertobumper traffic on the highway You have barely moved in the last half hour Then suddenly traffic clears There has been...
Why are some pistachios dyed red?
Why is the color blue associated with baby boys? Why is the color pink associated with baby girls?
Why is the NBA shot clock 24 seconds?
Why is butter rather than margarine served even in grungy eating establishments?
On Jeopardy what is the difficulty level of the daily doubles supposed to be?
Why doesnt a clinical thermometer register room temperature when you take it out of your medicine cabinet?
Why do wintergreen Life Savers sparkle in the dark when you bite into them?
Why do labels usually tell you that toploading washing machines require more detergent than frontloading washing machines?
Mechanical Action
Thermal Action
Chemical Action
What does the LS next to the signature line on contracts mean?
Whats that funny beep on the radio just before the network news?
Why are cities warmer than their outlying areas?

Why do Corn Flakes and Sugar Frosted Flakes have the same number of calories per serving?
Why do pennies and nickels have smooth edges? Why do all other US coins have serrated edges?
How do they unclog mail chutes in skyscrapers?
When running into the dugout from his defensive position why is the first baseman thrown a baseball from the dugout?
Why is film measured in millimeters rather than inches?
Why have many movie theaters stopped popping their own popcorn?
How do the networks sell advertising time when live programs run longer than scheduled?
Why are US elections held on Tuesday?
Why do people look up when thinking?
Why do records spin at 33 13 45 and 78 RPM?
Why do women wear such uncomfortable shoes?
Is there any difference between toffee and caramels?
Whats the difference in length between a size6 shoe and a size7 shoe?Whats the difference in width between a sizeA and a sizeB shoe?
Which fruits are in Juicy Fruit chewing gum?
What is the difference between an Introduction a Foreword and a Preface of a book?
How can amputees feel sensations in limbs that have been severed?
Why cant you ever buy fresh sardines in a fish market?
Why do we cry at happy endings?
Why do White Castle hamburger patties have five holes in them?
Why arent there seat belts in buses?
Why arent there seat belts in taxicabs?
Why dont cats like to swim?
Why does root beer taste flatter than colas?
Once in a while I hear bells going off in movie theaters Am I going crazy?
Why do some shampoos direct the user to apply them once? Why do some shampoos direct the user to repeat the application? Why do some shampo...
Why is June the most popular month for weddings?
Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do?
Why do so many old people eat at cafeterias?
Psychological Factors
If trailer parks didnt exist would tornadoes exist?
Where do they get that awful music for ice skating?
Why are so many measuring spoons inaccurate?
Why dont we ever see the money from pay phones being collected?
Why do yellow lights in Washington DC traffic signals last longer than those in New York City?
Why does Wendys have square hamburgers?
Why do most men part their hair on the left?
Why despite the television and radio announcers assurance that for the next sixty seconds we will be conducting a test of the emergency broadcasting...
Why does chicken always take longer to cook than the recipe specifies?
Why does unleaded gasoline cost more than leaded gas?
Why are green olives packed in jars and ripe olives packed in cans?
Why are typewriter keys in their current configuration?
Why does an X stand for a kiss?
Why is saffron ridiculously expensive?
Why are there so few women pilots on commercial airlines?
Why do some BaskinRobbins stores charge 5 cents more for an ice cream cup than for an ice cream cone?
How do they determine on which corners of intersections to put streetname signs?
Why does Roger Ebert receive top billing over Gene Siskel on At the Movies?
Why are there two title pages in most books?
Why is the righthand side of a book always oddnumbered?
Why are there so many irregular sheets? And why are so many fancyschmancy department stores willing to stock them?
What is the purpose of the red tear string on BandAid brand adhesive bandage packages? Why did Nabisco eliminate the red tear string on the wrapp...
Many clothing labels recommend against bleaching yet many laundry detergents contain bleach What gives?
Why do we eat ham at Easter?
Why is film sold at 12 20 24 and 36 exposures?
When a building is on a corner of an intersection how do they decide which street name it will have?
What does ˝ at the end of a street address mean?
What is the purpose of the little slit in the folds of sugar cube wrappers?
Why does the word Filipino start with the letter F?
Why do we itch?
Why do gas stations use machines to print out the amounts of credit card purchases when other merchants write out the numbers by hand?
What is the difference between gourmet popcorn and regular popcorn?
Why arent cashews ever sold in their shells?
Why do the minute hands on school clocks click backward before advancing?
If only some people are susceptible to hypnosis how can stage hypnotists confidently ply their trade?
Find the Right Subject
Pressure the Subjects to Behave in the Desired Manner
So Whats This Hypnosis Stuff All About?
What causes the holes in Swiss cheese?
How do they decide which category to put the Mystery 7 under on The 25000 Pyramid?
How was the order of our alphabet determined? Is there any particular reason
The Ugarits
The Phoenicians
The Greeks
The Romans
Why does unsweetened canned grapefruit taste sweeter than fresh grapefruit?
How can cats see in the dark?
How do they get white wine from black grapes?
Why does full service at most gas stations cost much more in proportion to selfservice than it did when first introduced? Why does the price different...
Pricing Strategy for Conventional Service Stations
Why does a thumbsup gesture mean okay?
Why cant you buy Hellmanns mayonnaise in the West? Why cant you buy Best Foods mayonnaise in the East?
Why are copyright dates on movies and television shows written in Roman numerals?
Why dont penguins in the Antarctic get frostbite on their feet?
Why havent the fastfood chains been able to create a successful dessert?
Why is film 8 16 35 and 70 millimeters wide?
What is the purpose of a flat toothpick?
How can the relative humidity be under 100 percent when it is raining?
Why arent there national brands of milk? Why arent there national brands of fresh meat?
We have all seen signs saying ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED What is a minor credit card?
Why do dinner knives have rounded edges?
Why is California or New York sparkling wine called champagne and Italian or German sparkling wine not called champagne?
Why do we tie shoes to the back of newlyweds cars?
Why dont professional wine tasters get drunk on the job?
Why is a mile 5280 feet?
Why are milk packages so difficult to open and close?
How does Kraft get five ounces of milk in every slice of American Singles?
How do the police make crowd estimates?
Why dont we ever see baby pigeons?
Why do they sell 40 60 75 and 100watt bulbs?
Why do women open their mouths when applying mascara?
The I Didnt Want to Do It Theory
The Stupid Imponderable Theory
The Tighten Up Theory
About the Author
By David Feldman

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David Feldman is the author of ten previous volumes of Imponderables®. He has a master's degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and consults and lectures on the media. He lives in New York City.

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