How Do Astronauts Scratch an Itch?

How Do Astronauts Scratch an Itch?

by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
     
 

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Once again, it's time for David Feldman to plunge into that sea of question marks and conundrums known as Imponderables. These are the mysteries of everyday life. They're the questions that can't be answered by numbers, measurements, or a trip to the reference library. They're the things that drive you nuts - or that you've never thought of until someone brings them… See more details below

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Once again, it's time for David Feldman to plunge into that sea of question marks and conundrums known as Imponderables. These are the mysteries of everyday life. They're the questions that can't be answered by numbers, measurements, or a trip to the reference library. They're the things that drive you nuts - or that you've never thought of until someone brings them up, and then they drive you nuts. Don't you ever wonder, for instance, how astronauts scratch an itch? Or why blank videocassettes slide out of the backs of their boxes, while prerecorded tapes fall out of the bottom? How do skywriters learn good penmanship? From the thousands of letters, phone calls and E-mail messages he gets every year, Feldman has picked the most intriguing puzzles and gone to the experts to find the answers. In his light, bright, delightful style, he tells us not only the how and the why, but the who, what, where and when.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ninth volume in Feldman's Imponderables series (When Do Fish Sleep, etc.) is as entertaining and informative as its predecessors, although this time some of the entries don't quite fit the requirement that the questions be unanswerable by numbers, measurements or a trip to the reference library. The query that provides the title assumes that astronauts spend all their time in space suits, which is not the case. Other inquiries ponder why beverage glasses sweat and why lizards don't get sunburned. The most interesting section is devoted to Frustables (frustrating imponderables) on such matters as why people bite their fingernails and why kids prefer meat well done but like it rarer as they grow oldertopics to which there are no pat answers. The sprightly writing is supplemented by delightful illustrations by Kassie Schwann. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399141898
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/1996
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.10(d)

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