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In this latest addition to his "Imponderables" series (which includes Do Penguins Have Knees? and When Do Fish Sleep?), Feldman answers about four score more fascinating questions that, as he puts it in a rather vivid analogy, "spring from dark corners like cockroaches in a crumb-filled kitchen." So do elephants jump? The answer is pretty easy to guess: elephants’ legs and bones are not structured for jumping. Other questions provide more illuminating information: silver fillings don’t rust because they contain more mercury than silver; Campbell’s Alphabet Soup is sold only in North America; football’s two-minute warning was invented to keep the game fair; pregnant women may get strange food cravings because hormonal changes affect their perception of taste. But obvious or arcane, Feldman’s answers are consistently lively and entertaining. His collection is a good fit for trivia hounds on the go, as each of the brief q&a’s take only a few minutes to read.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Remarkably, this is the tenth installment in the Imponderables series. Who'd have thought there were so many interesting, trivial, nagging, and just plain mind-boggling questions that needed to be answered? Why does the pope change his name when he assumes his papal duties? How does the hole get in a syringe's needle? Does P.U. (as in "P.U., that stinks") mean anything? Why don't bars put sawdust on their floors anymore? And on and on. Like all the Imponderables books, this one is pretty straightforward: questions and answers, accompanied by some letters from curious readers. But it's more than a trivia quiz book, because it really does spark one's curiosity about the world. As you read, you find yourself thinking: yeah, why is that, anyway? Why do toads have warts, and why do pianos have 88 keys, and, for crying out loud, do elephants jump? Fans of the series will consider this one a must-have. It's also ideal for people who like to amuse and astound their friends with esoteric knowledge. David Pitt
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bravo to another great book by David Feldman! Dec 2 2004
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have only one complaint about David Feldman, one of

my favorite authors: he doesn't come out with a new book

more often!

His latest--DO ELEPHANTS JUMP?--is just out . . . it is

the tenth in the Imponderable Series, a collection of answers

to questions (raised in other titles) such as: WHY DO CLOCKS

RUN CLOCKWISE? HOW DOES ASPIRIN FIND A HEADACHE?

WHEN DO FISH SLEEP? DO PENGUINS HAVE KNEES?

Feldman has made it his life's work to answer questions that

just pop into his head . . . he also gets suggestions from his many fans, of which I'm proud to admit that I am one.

Many of his answers will make you laugh, such as his response

to this question:

What letters does Campbell's include in alphabet soup in countries that don't use our alphabet (e.g., Greece, Israel, Egypt)?

His response: And what about France? Does Campbell's include

an accent mark over the e?

He then went on to give the following answer:

The media representatives at Campbell's aren't exactly inundated

with his question, but they researched it for us and graciously

responded with the disappointing answer: Campbell's Alphabet

Soup is sold only North America. We urge reconsideration.

Contemplate the potential of Campbell's Cyrillic Soup!

Other questions are ones that I've thought about, often

more than once . . . such as:

Why do we see "stars" when we bump our head?

Why do you sometimes find ice in the urinals in men's bathrooms?

Why are some parts of our bodies more ticklish than others?

To find out the answers, you'll just have to read the book . . . if you do, you'll also enjoy the illustrations of longtime collaborator Kassie Schwan.

DO ELEPHANTS JUMP? will make a great Chankuah/Christmas/Kwanzaa

gift for just about anybody.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
FUN facts for age 7 to 100 Jan. 12 2013
By Krista Sunderland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A good book in a good series of fun, oddball facts. Easy for kids to read and understand. Interesting enough for adults to enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good children's gift book. Jan. 28 2007
By Mike Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my teenage daughter. She has been enjoying it as she has others in the Imponderables series.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
OK, not great Dec 24 2007
By Robert B. Kelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
OK book for over, say, 13. Not a great book for kids. I enjoyed it though, but will keep it a few years before giving it to the grandson.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just OK Dec 26 2012
By B. Mays - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Stories are not long enough to make them interesting especially to a 10-12 year old. Should have longer/fewer stories and maybe a few cute pictures would increase to the interest.


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