Do Elephants Jump? Paperback – Nov 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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 dont rust because they contain more mercury than silver; Campbells Alphabet Soup is sold only in North America; footballs 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, Feldmans answers are consistently lively and entertaining. His collection is a good fit for trivia hounds on the go, as each of the brief q&as 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.
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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my favorite authors: he doesn't come out with a new book
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.