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Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (New Scientist) by New Scientist

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As with all the New Scientist books, this book is a collection of questions asked by various people, including weird ones about how the earth would be affected if aliens came and stole the moon, and ones that you may well have wondered about yourself, like what advantage eyebrows serve. The answers are also provided by other readers of New Scientist, with varying degrees of scientific clout and humour.

If you like knowing random facts, collect all these books. They will not disappoint you. My poor girlfriend had to put up with me reading random quotes at her for the last few hours. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
I've had a couple of these New Scientist compilations but I have to say, this first one is still my favourite. Like the others in the 'series' it is a collection of letters from the magazine's brilliant 'Last Words' page, where questions can be submitted for other readers to answer. These questions - and their answers - can be brilliant, serious, hilarious or pithy by turn.

Have you, for example, ever wondered how frost makes those pretty patterns on your window? Or why you feel more pain two days after exercising than you do the first day? Perhaps you've pondered why dark drinks give you a worse hangover than clear ones, or idly considered how long a head can still be said to be 'alive' after it is chopped off? The answers are all here! A brilliant little book for idling away an hour or two... ( )
  elliepotten | Jun 18, 2011 |
AMAZON - How long can I live on beer alone? Why do people have eyebrows? Has nature invented any wheels? Plus 99 other questions answered. Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly, in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column - regularly voted the most popular section of the magazine. Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a collection of the best that have appeared, including: Why can't we eat green potatoes? Why do airliners suddenly plummet? Does a compass work in space? Why do all the local dogs howl at emergency sirens? How can a tree grow out of a chimney stack? Why do bruises go through a range of colours? Why is the sea blue inside caves? Many seemingly simple questions are actually very complex to answer. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' celebrates all questions - the trivial, the idiosyncratic, the baffling and the strange. This selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.
  edella | Jul 16, 2009 |
Taking its cue from the popular New Scientist column 'The last word', this book is a collection of the weird and wonderful questions that people have asked of other readers of the magazine. Like the other book 'Why don't penguin's feet freeze', this book takes its title from one of the odder enquiries in the text.Apparently is transpires that actually an awful lot of different things eat wasps, ranging from various creepy crawlies to birds and larger animals.Full of questions that will make you go 'I always wondered that...' and answers that will make you say 'oh, right, now I see!', this book is a little treasure trove of invention and interest! ( )
  fieldri1 | May 8, 2009 |
From the Q&A column in the magazine New Scientist, a book chock-full of scientists' answers to questions like "How fat would I have to be to become bulletproof?" and "Why does lager go flat faster than ale?" and "If I wanted to surf down a molten lava flow, what kind of surfboard would I need?" This book's approach is unique in that you get answers to each question from several different people, who don't always agree. For example, to sum up the opinions in the book on how fat you would have to be to become bulletproof:
- the shockwave of bullets, even if they don't penetrate the skin, can be enough to kill (for example, with shot pellets);
- a layer of fat two FEET thick might not be quite enough;
- a man 6 feet tall, in order to have an inch thick layer of fat all over, would weigh about 1,425 lbs.
Recommended. ( )
  m.c.wade | Feb 12, 2009 |
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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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Many simple questions are actually very complex to answer. Help is at hand from the New Scientist, the UK's bestselling science weekly. Every year thousands of baffled readers consult its 'Last Word' column for help. Here is a collection of the best and most memorable.… (more)

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