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Do Penguins Have Knees?: An Imponderables Book [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

David Feldman
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Oct. 21 2004

Ponder, if you will

What happens to your Social Security number when you die?Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain M&Ms?Why is Barbie's hair made out of nylon, but Ken's hair is plastic?What makes up the ever-mysterious "new-car smell"?

Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in Do Penguins Have Knees? -- the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's most perplexing questions.

Part of the Imponderables® series, Do Penguins Have Knees? arms readers with the knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. And think about it, where else are you going to get to the bottom of how beer was kept cold in the Old West?


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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Bathroom!! Jan. 9 2004
Format:Paperback
By now, you are hopefully familiar with the Imponderables series of books, those tremendous tomes of teasing trivia, where author David Feldman has the nerve to ask those all-important questions of the nature of existence, such as "Why are there tiny holes in the ceiling of my car?" (As for me, such a question is merely proof that said driver does not have their eyes on the road, a frequent phenomenon on today's highways!) Anyhoo, Penguins is one of the better books in the series, if for no other reason than the fact that it attempts to answer the immortal question (drum roll, please): Does anyone really like fruitcake?? (Sorry, but I can't reveal the answer here: Feldman is a professional in such matters, and I dare not paraphrase his response one iota!) As with When Do Fish Sleep, the bulk of this book is given to Feldman considering such questions, submitting the questions to acknowledged experts in the field (Is there a fruitcake expert?) and printing their responses, or the competing theories if there is more than one answer. (In the example above, the Fruitcake Question was posed in the Frustables section, which Feldman uses to ponder matters that seem to defy easy explanation, then prints the best responses in the next book in the series. This is how he hooks you into buying more than one book! Pretty clever, huh?) As always, Kassie Schwan's delightful illustrations add to the humor. (Yes, this is a humor book!) In any case, this sixth volume in the seemingly endless series of books is one of the best, and as I have stated in another review, makes a perfect read in the bathroom! So, get Do Penguins Have Knees, and other books in the Imponderables series today. As Jim Morrison, the immortal lead singer for the Doors once said, "I see the bathroom is clear...."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why? How? Hunh? Sept. 23 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the "Imponderables™" series, which, the jacket claims, "has become the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's most perplexing questions." Like the title question "Do Penguins Have Knees?" or "Why are there legless ducks on the crests of Cadillacs?" Readers write in questions, and the author finds experts with answers.

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun facts May 22 2002
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Format:Paperback
Like all of the "Imponderables" books this is great fun to peruse and read the 1-2 page summaries of commonplace questions with often surprisingly complex answers. A good amount of the book is devoted to "Frustables" (Imponderables that won't be answered) and letters / comments from readers. This means the book proper is much shorter than it first appears, but it also adds to a sense of serialization and community among the Imponderables readers, which is nice. And yes, penguins do have knees.
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