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Frozen feet failed to warm any interest.

AdvantagesCollection of facts(providing you find them interesting)

DisadvantagesToo many answers based on just opinion

"...for example the subject of why is mucous green, some of them left me feeling a bit over loaded and bored, why someone would ask for an analysis of the chemical elements that make up a human being, and what the same formula would be for aliens, is beyond me and even worse is the fact that the editors actually thought the readers would be interested in the answers or that we may be able to get some use out of this knowledge in our day to day lives, ..." Read review
17.04.2008

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Why Do People Ask These Questions?!

AdvantagesInformative, funny

DisadvantagesOnly for those with an interest

"Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is actually the fourth collection of questions and answers from the Last Word column in New Scientist magazine, but while the first two passed me (and a lot of other people) by without much attention, the third (Does Anything Eat Wasps?) was a surprise success, making it to the top of bestseller lists. All questions and answers are provided by readers, although the editor sometimes comments, and the readers seem to ..." Read review
08.11.2006

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Do penguins get socks for Christmas too? Review with images

AdvantagesAmusing and enlightening.

DisadvantagesSome answers are quite technical.

"...presents in a single night? Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of the tube? How can ants survive being nuked in a microwave?!? Do fish fart? All these and many other essential questions are answered in this superb little book, which has been compiled from the 'Last Word' column in the New Scientist magazine. Following on from the hugely successful best seller from 2005, 'Does anything eat wasps?' , the editor at New Scientist have gone ..." Read review
02.01.2007

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TheBobGuy

Irrelevant Questions with Irreverant Answers

AdvantagesAnswers all those little questions you were afraid to ask

DisadvantagesSometimes the answers are all too brief

"...of the giggles are asking why helium balloons deflate so quickly The answers to the questions are quite accessible for an average reader. This is good if you are an average reader, but if you are looking for a deep explanation of the science, you may be disappointed. The price is perfect for a book that is informative and full of interesting tid-bits that one can add to one's repertoire of interesting tales. It would happily grace the shelves ..." Read review
03.01.2008

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veh1985

A bit disappointing....

AdvantagesSome of the facts are quite interesting

DisadvantagesMost of the answers go on too long

"This book consists of collections of questions and answers from readers of the New Scientist Magazine's 'Last Word' column. The premise of the book is to answer those questions, which we may encounter in ordinary day-to-day life. Although well presented an easy to read, I found this book to be a bit mixed up as some of the questions, which required basic and concise answers seemed to run on for pages, whereas those that needed further explanation ..." Read review
18.01.2010

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big_philz

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?

AdvantagesExplains everything you've ever wondered about

DisadvantagesSome explainations are a bit long

"...you ever wanted to know why your knuckles click or why knats don't die when it rains. Also this book filled me with knowledge about things hardly anyone knows, which makes you seem really clever. ..." Read review
16.02.2007

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