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"When inquiring minds want to know, there is someone to turn to for an answer."
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Cecil Adams's first two books covered everything from the real lyrics to "Louie, Louie," to whatever became of Einstein's brain. You probably thought you couldn't stand any more genius in one lifetime. Well, fasten your intellectual seat belts! Inside you'll find 100% guaranteed top quality brilliance on every page, as he winsomely and wisely answers questions like these: Can ...

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Overview

"When inquiring minds want to know, there is someone to turn to for an answer."
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Cecil Adams's first two books covered everything from the real lyrics to "Louie, Louie," to whatever became of Einstein's brain. You probably thought you couldn't stand any more genius in one lifetime. Well, fasten your intellectual seat belts! Inside you'll find 100% guaranteed top quality brilliance on every page, as he winsomely and wisely answers questions like these: Can people really hear radio broadcasts through their teeth? What does Queen Elizabeth carry in that purse, anyway? So how DO porcupines mate? And many more. When you hear the answers, you'll be glad someone asked the questions.

Answer-man extraordinaire Cecil Adams is America's favorite finder of facts. Prt wise man, part wise guy, Adams has been entertaining and enlightening millions for more than 20 years with his nationally syndicated column, "The Straight Dope." His third collection will appease his rabid fans--unquestionably.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cecil (as he refers to himself) is clearly a man with access to many databases; he's an entertaining know-it-all, full of peculiar and often fascinating information. In his latest volume (after The Straight Dope and More of the Straight Dope ), a collection of his syndicated Q & A columns, Cecil discourses snappily on a wide range of subjects, among them cow tipping, the significance of Star Dates, the odds of contracting HIV from heterosexual intercourse, what happens if you're driving at the speed of light and turn your headlights on. His lively columns frequently provoke corrections, amplifications and hostility from his readers. Fans of Jan Brunvand's (an oft-quoted pal of Cecil's) Urban Legends books will love this one. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
YA-Chicago columnist Cecil Adams once again answers offbeat questions raised by his readers, throwing in his personal brand of vitriolic sarcasm. He answers questions about everything from why there is a ``for single slices'' slot in the toaster to aspects of ``weird science,'' transportation, the human body, and technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345381118
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 613,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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