Flies in the Face of Fashion, Mites Make Rights, and Other Bugdacious Tales

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If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the "Bug Bowl" guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-legged kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. How does insect suturing work? Which insect did the ancient Egyptians worship as a god? What did Ogden Nash have to say about termites? Which insect produces "Turkey Red" dye? What bug has survived for 300 million years? How does a horse fly manage to fly without its ...
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Overview

If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the "Bug Bowl" guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-legged kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. How does insect suturing work? Which insect did the ancient Egyptians worship as a god? What did Ogden Nash have to say about termites? Which insect produces "Turkey Red" dye? What bug has survived for 300 million years? How does a horse fly manage to fly without its head? Each tale is easily accessible, provides fun and scientific facts, and is self-contained. Juveniles and adults alike will be fascinated with the world of Turpin's bugs. The nicely illustrated collection won't give you ants in your pants, but just might put a flea in your ear.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557534170
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Dr. Tom Turpin is the creator of Purdue University's "Bug Bowl," a celebration of insect antics that annually draws more than 12,000 visitors who come to munch on bug stir-fry, to take part in cricket-spitting contests, and to cheer on tractor-pulling creepy crawlers at Roach Hill Downs. He is a professor of entomology at Purdue's College of Agriculture.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

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    If you have ever attended a Purdue Conference one of the highlights is the wit and witticism of Dr. Tom Turpin. So it was with much anticipation that I cracked open my autographed copy of his latest book ¿Flies in the Face of Fashion, Mites Make Right, and Other Bugdacious Tales¿ Purdue University Press. Over the summer the book traveled with me to Florida, North Carolina and Fire Island and now that I¿ve finally had a chance to finally read it I was not disappointed. This paperback is comprised of a number, 95 but who¿s counting, of two page vignettes about almost any insect you can think of. But it is done with a flair which lies some where between entomology 101 and Garrison Keelers Lake Wobegone or Doc Frishman at his finest. Mind you this book is not about killing or even about pests, it is about the world of insects and sometimes about their interactions with us. So if titles like ¿Take Two Maggots and Call Me in the Morning¿, ¿A Bee or Not a Bee ¿ That is the Stinging Question¿ or ¿Arsenic and Old Lacewings¿ tickle your tibia you need to read this book. If you do presentations or teach this book can also come in quite handy or give it to someone just to bug them.

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