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From School Library Journal
YA-- Highly readable questions and answers explaining the unusual and heretofore unanswered questions of life. Researchers can use the index to locate specific information and browsers can just enjoy. Creative illustrations further entice, interest, and tickle the funnybone. Readers are invited to submit new imponderables or to assist in solving ``frustables.''
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This is the sixth in a series of "Imponderables" books by Feldman. Most questions in this volume have been posed by readers of the previous volumes, and the author asks his reading public to submit questions for future books. Experts in the various fields are either quoted or paraphrased in the answer along with commentary from the author. The final section of the book is devoted to "Frustables" (unanswerable "imponderables")--new, updated, and those that "will not die." The index is thorough and useful; however, reference librarians would find a cumulative index extremely helpful. Buy if you have the other titles or for browsing and YA collections.
- Paula M. Zieselman, Fulbright & Jaworski, New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
There's Stuff in here I never knew I didn't know. "Why are sticks of margarine and butter thicker and shorter in the Western United States and longer and narrower in the East?" Hmm. I never noticed. This book never answers a logical follow-up question - Where is the geographical cut-off line? Is it like broadcasting station call letters that kinda sorta are assigned according to whether the station is East or West of the Mississippi? (W*** east and K*** west except for Fargo, which is West of the Headwaters of the Mississippi but has "W" stations anyway - but that is an "Imponderable™" for another Day.)
Speaking of answers that raise other questions, teasers for other books in the "Imponderables™" series run rampart through this book. E.g. When answering "How do they make Hot Dog buns that are partially sliced?" the author begins by saying: "Now that we solved the Imponderable of why there are ten Hot Dogs in a package and only eight Hot Dog buns in a package (See *Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?* ..." or imparting the information that the most FAQ is "Why are buttons on men's shirts and jackets arranged differently from those on women's shirts?" and then leaving the readers hanging until we can procure copies of previous books.
We are not tackling "What is the meaning of life?" here, but the quick questions and answers are entertaining and illuminating.
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Want to know if penguins have knees?;well, then one should read this book, i.e., Do Penguins Have Knees? an Imponderables Book
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan (Illustrator). Read more
This is a book full of explainations for those vexing little questions that only really matter because we wonder about them. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by A. Person
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