Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 5, 2006 - Humor - 224 pages
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  • How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof?
  • Why do people have eyebrows?
  • Why do pineapples have spines?
  • How much does a head weigh?
  • What affects the color of earwax?
  • How quickly could I turn into a fossil?


Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even find the courage to ask it? Maybe at the sports bar you were transported by the beauty of your beer to wonder, "How long could I live on beer alone?" Or, cycling through the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or looking up at the night sky, you had a moment of angst, "What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared -- if it were vaporized or stolen by aliens?"

Full of fun factlets, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a runaway bestseller around the world. It celebrates the weird and wacky questions -- some trivial, some baffling, all unique -- and their multiple answers culled from "The Last Word," a long-running column in the internationally popular science magazine, New Scientist. Tackling the imponderables of everyday life, sparkling with humor, and bursting with delightful erudition, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is irresistibly entertaining and utterly engrossing.

So, go on. Put away your lab coat and your pencil -- science is fun again.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Our Bodies
3
Plants and Animals
51
Domestic Science
85
Our Universe
123
Our Planet
133
Weird Weather
157
Troublesome Transport
171
Best of the Rest
189
Index
203
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New Scientist is a science magazine for everyone, young and old, amateur and professional. With a circulation approaching 160,000 and a worldwide readership of more than half a million, it is among the most popular of all popular science magazines.

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