Fifty Curious Questions: Pabulum for the Enquiring Mind

Fifty Curious Questions: Pabulum for the Enquiring Mind

by Martin Fone


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The pace of life is such that we rarely have the luxury to stop and think. We take so much on trust or assume that we know why something happens or the way things work. It is only when we stop and think that nagging doubts or questions creep into our subconscious? For those of us blessed (or is it cursed?) with an enquiring mind, once the seed of a question has been planted, we need to find the answer.

The purpose of this book is to shed light on some of those nagging and irritating questions. There is no overarching design behind the fifty questions. They are just some of the topics that have puzzled me, a self-confessed ignoramus on all matters scientific, over the years; and I have now had the time to find the answers. Fortunately, greater brains than mine have grappled with some of the issues and carried out bizarre experiments or made quantum leaps of logic to push out further the frontiers of human knowledge. This book celebrates this quest and thirst for knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546280026
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 07/24/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

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Fifty Curious Questions: Pabulum for the Enquiring Mind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I liked “Fifty Curious Questions” by Martin Fone - It is well-written, lively, witty and actually pretty informative on topics that no one really teaches you or talks about (well, I did know the carrot and the egg ones…). Great energy and articulate writing (good editing too) that gives you useful and interesting information, but doesn’t bury you with useless facts or unnecessary details. I like how well everything is explained and described and Mr. Fone narrates in an engaging and personable manner, and my only negative comment is that for some of them (like “man reaching end of evolutionary road”) I would have liked to see sources for the info and stats (and on a few others too), not that I don’t believe him, but because I’d like to see where the info comes from and perhaps where I could read more on the topic. But other than that, the editing and formatting was near flawless. Would read more from Mr. Fone and am delighted to see he has written another book in the same vein.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
solid writing, great premise, great research/facts, great execution…. Overall a terrific read that I feel really opened my eyes to different aspects of our lives/ our world in a way I never thought of, but I am so glad that I now know! I’ve always had a fascination with trivia, and what one might call ‘useless facts’ – I mean that endearingly, because these questions are so much more fun (and useful!) than say watching “Jeopardy”. While it’s not exactly asking the deepest, most profound questions ever (although maturity and mid-life crisis comes close), these are interesting and relevant nonetheless, and I think would make for some great conversations at a group gathering, or as a coffee table book. Pretty suitable for all ages (teens and older) and it is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. If I had a small complaint, I wish there could have been some sources to cite some of the information, and I think there should have been more of a ‘summary’ or ‘closing thoughts’ after the last questions. Felt like it ended so abruptly. But I thought Fone’s observations and assessments to be quite astute and shed light on subjects I’d never thought of… and I’m glad I now have.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
this was an excellent book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each part was written well and covered intriguing topics with enough depth to be useful and interesting, but still remained an easy and enjoyable light read. I like that this book seems to address a nice variety of topics that one has perhaps wondered about, but never knew where to find the answers, or just chalked it up to being one of ‘life’s mysteries’. Well wonder no more! Was great the way the author actually provides valuable information to many situations (like dealing with a hangover and curing hiccups). I really liked Martin Fone’s writing style– it is so down to earth and natural. Recommend for all ages because there is valuable info here that everyone should know.
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The book is fast paced because much is divided into short segments of a few pages, and covering a variety of topics, and there is definitely lots to learn here, great tips and some amusing anecdotes as well. I felt a strong connection with Martin Fone’s warm and engaging writing voice, and I thought the unique outline structure really made it easy to read this book in a way that if you don’t have a lot of time, or only can read in spurts here and there (like me) it is so good because you can pick it up from anywhere and it’s not like you lose track of the story… very short chapters for each question engages the readers and invites him or her to really participate in the whole process. I was surprised to learn so many new things reading this, and think a lot of people will get a kick out of this book.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
true confession – I thought this would be a ho-hum, boring book that either wouldn’t tell me anything new, or would be dry and uninteresting. So I was only going to look at the first few “Questions” and expected to move on. Which I did…. But only after I read the entire thing in one sitting!! LOL I had SUCH a great time reading this, and I was completely enchanted by the scope of topics Martin Fone chooses to discuss… So many questions were things I’d wondered myself, and then there were those that I’d never considered, yet found so interesting. Fast-paced, and so readable cover to cover… I don’t usually read these types of books for pleasure but I like how he thinks outside the mainstream – as some of these questions are more on the ‘peculiar’ side, but still super relevant (and amusing). Interesting anecdotes and research for each question that enlightens and entertains. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book and since it far surpassed my expectations I am awarding it 5 stars and will be looking forward to reading more from Mr. Fone someday
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised by not only how fascinating “Fifty Curious Questions” by Martin Fone was, but how well-explained, creative (ingenuous), and well-presented it was on a wide range of topics, from farts to carrots (lol). It’s a pretty quick read – as the title implies it is 50 questions, and each one is asked… then discussed and answered with a few pages of text (on my iPad…). I liked the creativity of the questions Fone asks, and there were several I’d never thought of before (but once I read them, I was curious too!) I thought that Fone’s narrative was very easy to read, and for being such an ‘educational’ book, was entertaining as well – I chuckled aloud several times, yet I actually do feel like I learned new things reading this, but also had a great time doing so. Great pacing, formatting, and the editing is nearly flawless. Highly recommended for fans of humorous nonfiction.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
I admit I didn’t really know what to expect when starting this book “Fifty Curious Questions” by Martin Fone, seeing as how I’d never read anything by this author before, and these types of books can be so hit or miss for me…. Either I find them contrived and not funny (especially when trying to be) or they are too “textbooky’ – more for a college class than pleasure reading. Or worse – just a waste of time as it just recycles the same old information we already know. But I got sucked right into this one and was completely hooked all through to the end! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the fact that Martin Fone completely avoids all these pitfalls, and makes this something fun, funny, interesting, yet I feel like I learned new things… and things I didn’t even know I needed to know!! Hahha… Some topics are a little more serious (questioning time, hiccup cure, floating eye things, etc..) some just random (grass smell, egg physics, hair…) and several were amusing (at least to me). Eye opening and entertaining, I found the book hard to put down, and I feel like I learned so much more than I anticipated I would. Very creative with an impressive blend of facts and with an engaging, flowing narrative that makes it fun to read. Professional formatting and editing is also noted. Would be interested in reading more from Martin Fone in the future. Recommend for fans of humorous nonfiction/trivia