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The demystification of everyday wonders continues in this smashing successor to the hit books How Do They Do That? and How Did They Do That?. This volume explains in simple and easy-to-understand terms the answers to the mysteries of daily life that are often taken for granted. How exactly do they get the caffeine out of coffee? How do antilock brakes actually work? And how do they decide who or what gets on postage stamps? Read this book and ponder no longer. More How Do They Do That? also deciphers the riddles ...
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Overview

The demystification of everyday wonders continues in this smashing successor to the hit books How Do They Do That? and How Did They Do That?. This volume explains in simple and easy-to-understand terms the answers to the mysteries of daily life that are often taken for granted. How exactly do they get the caffeine out of coffee? How do antilock brakes actually work? And how do they decide who or what gets on postage stamps? Read this book and ponder no longer. More How Do They Do That? also deciphers the riddles of modern science and the natural world. Ever wonder how penguins actually stay warm in Antarctica? How the heat of distant stars is measured? How an electric eel generates electricity? Or how to measure the ozone layer? Here are the fascinating answers. More How Do They Do That? is a feast for both the mildly curious and the grand inquisitor, a treasure trove of solutions to the marvels of the modern world.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like its predecessors How Do They Do That? and How Did They Do That? , the current volume is largely devoted to popular science, but some of the 102 essays deal with law, the arts, the press and various sociological phenomena. Markey and Sutton detail how an electric eel stuns its prey, how margarine is made to taste like butter, how crack is concocted and how scientists determine what dinosaurs ate. Curious about how cartoons are selected for the New Yorker , how People chooses its covers, how the major obituaries in the New York Times come about, or how to teach a bear to ride a bicycle? Look no further. This is a fine book for reading piecemeal. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Your trivia buffs may demand this sequel to Sutton's How Do They Do That? ( LJ 7/82) and How Did They Do That ( LJ 1/84). Readers will learn how the New York Times writes its headlines, how antilock brakes work, how bubbles get into seltzer water, how calories in food are calculated, how shredded wheat is made, and more. Libraries with an adequate core reference collection can answer most of these dilemmas. Each answer lists the source of the information explicated. Compare this title (and others in this series) to David Feldman's Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? (HarperCollins, 1987) and Imponderables: The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life (HarperCollins, 1989). This is a fun book recommended for secondary school and public libraries that collect trivia titles. --Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
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YA-- For anyone who has ever wondered how lawyers research members of the jury before deciding whether to challenge them, how clothes are dry-cleaned, how guide dogs are taught to cross at green lights, and much more, this is the book. The authors answer more than 100 questions about science, the natural world, and contemporary life in this delightful collection of trivia. All queries are taken seriously, and responded to in laypeople's terms. Sources are included for each question. This resource is a real treat for those who like to browse for extraneous information, enjoy gathering minutiae, or want to impress their friends and colleagues with their breadth of knowledge. In addition, teachers and librarians could use it to perk up the interest of students gathering information for reports.-- Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688101299
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Kevin Markey

Kevin Markey grew up in Massachusetts during the dark days of the Curse of the Bambino. Nevertheless, he became a devoted Red Sox fan. The deal was sealed in October 1975, when Sox catcher Carlton Fisk smacked a home run to win Game Six of the World Series. Kevin dragged himself to bed a very happy boy. Like every other kid in New England, he began mimicking Fisk's heroic swing. In fact, from time to time he still does.

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