- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Perennial Curre. (15. März 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060740930
- ISBN-13: 978-0060740931
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.393.670 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
When Do Fish Sleep?: An Imponderables Book (Imponderables Series, Band 3) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. März 2005
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The author draws on his store of unusual knowledge to respond to his readers' most challenging queries--such as Why are tennis balls fuzzy? and Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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As with any book that covers a myriad of information, there are fascinating parts and there are parts that seem to drag on. I felt some of the imponderables in the book seemed a little elementary, such as "Why is one side of a halibut dark and the other side light?" (the dark side is for camouflage and the light side is down so it does not need to be camouflaged), "What is the purpose of corn silk?" (for pollination), and "Why are bowling shoes ugly?" (so people don't steal them). Other questions were fascinating such as "Why do roaches always die on their backs?" (this is not always true, but it has a lot to do with the shape of the roach) and "Why do recipes warn us not to use fresh kiwi or pineapple in gelatin?" (the fruits contain an enzyme that break protein down). The book even has a section of "Frustables", questions where readers have mailed in theories or questions that do not yet have an answer. The author even provides a way to contact them to answer frustables or to propose new imponderables.
As a geek that likes to learn, even useless information, I enjoyed the book. However, the book had no format. I felt the book could have benefited from a table of contents or have the questions divided into related sections instead of aimlessly wander from topic to topic in the book.
If you have a friend who sits and reads the cards from a "Trivial Pursuit" game, this is definitely a book for them. I'd recommend the book for people whose joy in life is the pursuit of knowledge or a teenager/young adult that is curious about the world around them. The book is not really a thrilling read, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to a person who is looking for an interesting read.
While I think the content of the book was worth a solid 4 stars, I found the lack of structure in the book distracting enough to deduct a star.
They are great in the bathroom or in the car for those times you need a little distraction.
Trust me, Dave works hard on these books!