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Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?: An Imponderables Book Paperback – Mar 15 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (March 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060740922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060740924
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Here are the answers to questions that have been keeping you and your loved ones up nights, questions that have driven families to feuds, questions that nag and nag just won't let go. Have you ever wondered juts what purpose those warning labels on mattresses are supposed to serve? Or what happens to the trend that wears off tires? And how many meals have you spent pondering the perennially baffling question of why hot dogs come ten to a package while hot dog buns come in eight?

"Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?" has the solutions to these and scores of other Imponderables. David Feldman's witty and irresistible compendium of knowledge goes where other reference books fear to trend, uncovering closely guarded secrets, revealing long-hidden facts, and, like all other invaluable works of detection, never letting well enough alone. Whether you want to settle those arguments about the difference between a kit and a caboodle, or just curious about dry cleaning, Teflon, Wayne Gretzky, or chocolate bunnies, "Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?" is indispensable.

About the Author

David Feldman is the author of ten previous volumes of Imponderables®. He has a master's degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and consults and lectures on the media. He lives in New York City.

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Format: Paperback
A funny little book, filled with trivia information that will show you how to live a happier and more balanced life.....For instance, you will never again have to go to the psychiatrist to discuss your frustration, about your inability to understand things like: Why have humans lost most of their body hair? Why are hamburger bun-bun bottoms so thin? Why do doughnuts have holes? For a relatively small sum, you will get rid of tranquillizers, since you will not awake anymore in the middle of the night, wondering about: Why don't people get goosebumps on their faces? Why are there eighteen holes on a golf course? What happens with the tread that wears off tires?
Last but not least, this fact filled book, will enable you to settle all those boring, but potentially dangerous arguments with your couple about delicate issues such as: Does putting women's hosiery in the freezer forestall runs? What purpose do wisdom teeth serve? Why does Coca-Cola from a small bottle taste better than Coca-Cola from a large bottle or can?
So, rush now, if you really want to know why clocks run clockwise.Or not, if you have other, existencialistic (real), problems......
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 31 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a lot of fun and it is possible to actually have some thing in it tat you did not know. However the statements or answers are limited in scope requiring you to do further research to flesh out the answer. The answers are given by contributors, not Davis Feldman. So we must rely of the credibility of the contributor. Again because of the limited answer the contributor does not feel compelled to back you the reason for the statement.

How ever for a quickie answer to questions you might not have asked such as "Why does Coca-Cola from a small bottle taste better than Coca-Cola from a large bottle or can?" this book is fun.

A more appropriate question "When did Coca-Cola substitute corn syrup for
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Format: Paperback
The Imponderables series by David Feldman is a fun series of books filled with the answers to the questions that both adults and children often wonder about. This particular book is, I believe, the second in the series. It provides the answer to the proposed question in the title including such strange questions as: "If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan?" I believe you get the idea. This book is one of those books which you will inhale like a bag of peanuts and will return to time and time again when the question comes up again and you have forgotten the answer. It is particularly handy if you have an inquisitive child in your house too!
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Format: Paperback
Haven't you always wondered about the difference between "floatsam" and "jetsam," why you need to dry clean a raincoat, or what happens if you take the "do not remove" tag off of a mattress? This book attempts to answer these and other "imponderables." While it is not especially exciting to sit down and read, flipping through it and reading only questions that interest you is a fun way to pass the time. I learned a lot of useless bits of trivia this way. While it may not make an especially exciting audio tape (as previous reviewers have mentioned), it is an interesting and enlightening book.
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This is a great book to have. Beyond simply answering some of those nagging questions of life, there is some great trivia in here to impress (or annoy) your friends and family. And as the answer to each imponderable runs from a paragraph to a few pages, it's perfect for when you have limited time. In short, it's excellent bathroom reading for aspiring Cliff Clavens.
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