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Do Fish Drink Water?: Puzzling And Improbable Questions And Answers
     

Do Fish Drink Water?: Puzzling And Improbable Questions And Answers

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by Bill McLain
 

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Is it true that elephants are afraid of mice?
How much gold does the United States store in Fort Knox?
Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too fast?
How did the "seventh inning stretch" originate?

As the official webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, like whether people born

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Is it true that elephants are afraid of mice?
How much gold does the United States store in Fort Knox?
Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too fast?
How did the "seventh inning stretch" originate?

As the official webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, like whether people born blind can see in their dreams and why rabbits are associated with Easter. McLain began to answer each and every question--attracting national attention from MSNBC, CNN, and People--and the result, collected in Do Fish Drink Water?, is a surprising, funny, and informative collection of facts. McLain's answers can often be as wild as the questions and prompt entertaining anecdotes about where he found them. McLain explains how magnets are made, what caused the Great Depression of 1922, and even explains why cats purr. Also included is an extensive list of websites where he conducts research, offering an informative guide to making the most of the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062031365
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
747,997
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

The Internet's legendary "Answer Whiz," Bill McLain was Xerox Corporation's official Webmaster. Responsible for the e-mails sent to the company Website, McLain and his team responded to an astounding 750-1,000 questions daily. While most of the e-mails he received were Xerox-related, every day scores of curious fact-seekers wrote with questions ranging from the bizarre to the useful to the downright comical. McLain collected the most memorable of these questions, along with his equally memorable answers, in What Makes Flamingoes Pink? and in its predecessor, Do Fish Drink Water? He lives in Santa Clara, California.

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Do Fish Drink Water?: Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of alot of useless information. Its a book that will help a person start conversations with strangers. I recommend this book to everyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love this book.
morgs More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I am the kind of person who is very into facts so this book was perfect. I could read one section while waiting for a meeting and have a new interesting fact for the next time a conversation got boring. Very Cool!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is represents an interesting endeavor: trying to distill so much trivia into so little a space. Athough it is filled with fun facts (termed 'factoids') and does contain much accurate information, the book also contains numerous errors and incomplete answers to questions. Examples include: *The books declares, incorrectly, that there are no speed limits on the Autobahn (page 244). *Page 126 claims that Isaac Asimov has authored at least one book for every Dewey Decimal cetergory. Considering there are nearly 1,000,000 catergories, this seems unlikely. *Page 153 tells us that 'no one lived to tell what happened' at the battle of Little Big Horn. I suppose this is true if we ignore that fact that Native Americans are people. *page 108 provides only one of the most popular theories about the origin of 'Mind your p's and q's'. We are left wondering...what are some of the other theories. A quick search on the internet yielded 8 different theories, all interesting and plausible. *Page 112, paragraph 3, talks about 'one of the greatest finishes of the decade'. Fine, but what decade are we talking about here? *The book also states that 'An Englishman invented a toilet in 1775...It was another 200 years before another toilet appeared'. Really? I could have sworn there were toilets in the pre-1975 era (page 169). *page 124 tells about L. Frank Baum's infamous 2-drawer file cabinet that led to his naming of 'Oz'. Everywhere else I've checked, however, indicate that there were three drawers in the file cabinet (much more plausible, too, if you know anything about the English language). *Page 187 promises to tell us four methods for saving soap slivers, but then only provides three. *page 179 claims that a star on a Tootsie Pop wrapper can be exchanged for a free Tootsie Pop. This is an urban legend, long-since debunked. *page 73 tells us that Napoleon was, at five foot five inches, an average height for his century. But then pages 255-7 lead us to believe that it is untrue that people were shorter in previous centures, despite the fact that it also notes that five foot nine is now an average height for a man. I also suggest, if you do read this book, try your best to ignore the pointless subtitles that many of the questions are given. It appears as thought they are an attempt at humor, but they simply detract from the information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love books that answer all the questions I come up with everyday. I learned a lot of useless stuff from this book. Very entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has some neat answers along with additional background and factoids which are good conversation pieces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It doesn't talk about anyone topic for a certain numbers of pages. It sounds boring.
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