Why Things Are & Why Things Aren't: The Answers to Life's Greatest Mysteries

Why Things Are & Why Things Aren't: The Answers to Life's Greatest Mysteries

by Joel Achenbach, Richard Thompson
     
 

WHAT IS REALITY, ANYWAY?
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK.
Washington Post columnist Joel Achenbach refuses to take "I don't know" for an answer. In Why Things Are, he gave you a world of answers in a nutshell. Well, once again it's time to get cracking. Just ask Achenbach, who's out to crack every mystery in the book. After all, why stop asking why when there's no end of…  See more details below

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WHAT IS REALITY, ANYWAY?
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK.
Washington Post columnist Joel Achenbach refuses to take "I don't know" for an answer. In Why Things Are, he gave you a world of answers in a nutshell. Well, once again it's time to get cracking. Just ask Achenbach, who's out to crack every mystery in the book. After all, why stop asking why when there's no end of questions left to be asked?
* Why is the Oval Office oval?
* Why is it so darn hard to lose weight?
* Why did Napoleon keep his hand tucked in his vest?
* Why is Muzak everywhere even though people claim they dislike "elevator music"?
* Since we're mostly made of water, why don't we slosh around more?
* Why are people so obsessed with talking, thinking, and hearing about sex?
* Why is the interior of the Earth still hot after 4.6 billion years of letting off steam (and lava)? Why doesn't this thing ever cool off?
Truly outrageous and outrageously true. That's the name of Joel Achenbach's game in this wildly original collection of questions and answers. If you have a taste for the unusual, here's a book that's just as fun as a box of assorted chocolates—but far less fattening.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345392886
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/20/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.86(d)

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