Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask

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  • How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof?
  • Why do people have eyebrows?
  • Why do pineapples have spines?
  • How much does a head...
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Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask

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Overview

  • How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof?
  • Why do people have eyebrows?
  • Why do pineapples have spines?
  • How much does a head weigh?
  • What affects the color of earwax?
  • How quickly could I turn into a fossil?

Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even find the courage to ask it? Maybe at the sports bar you were transported by the beauty of your beer to wonder, "How long could I live on beer alone?" Or, cycling through the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or looking up at the night sky, you had a moment of angst, "What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared — if it were vaporized or stolen by aliens?"

Full of fun factlets, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a runaway bestseller around the world. It celebrates the weird and wacky questions — some trivial, some baffling, all unique — and their multiple answers culled from "The Last Word," a long-running column in the internationally popular science magazine, New Scientist. Tackling the imponderables of everyday life, sparkling with humor, and bursting with delightful erudition, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is irresistibly entertaining and utterly engrossing.

So, go on. Put away your lab coat and your pencil — science is fun again.

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Why do people have eyebrows? How fat would you have to get to become bulletproof? What would happen if aliens stole the moon? If you have pondered any of these questions or are beginning to ponder them now, Does Anything Eat Wasps? will quench your curiosity? This international bestseller grew from New Scientist's column "The Last Word," which has become the magazine's most popular feature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743297264
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 703,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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New Scientist is a science magazine for everyone, young and old, amateur and professional. With a circulation approaching 160,000 and a worldwide readership of more than half a million, it is among the most popular of all popular science magazines.

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