The 60-Second Encyclopedia and Minute Glass

The 60-Second Encyclopedia and Minute Glass

by Michael J. Rosen

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Did you know? In just one minute the Earth travels 1,100 miles around the sun. Cartwheel champ Brianna Schroeder turns 48 cartwheels. 28,824 photographs are taken (822 of them at Disney World). Over $60,000 is spent on eBay. You lose 8 brain cells, 40,000 skin cells, and one taste bud. (How weird.) A ladybug flaps its wings 60,000 times. 6,805,555 e-mails are sent (35% of them Spam). Jean-Yves Mulot breaks 42 flaming concrete blocks with his bare hand. Whew!

Filled with hundreds of incredible and true facts and statistics, The 60-Second Encyclopedia puts a whole new spin on math, science, nature, the human body, and popular culture, too. And, with a one-minute sandglass packaged with the book and dozens of interactive activities, readers can test what they (or their hamster) can accomplish in the same amount of time it takes "the wave" to move through 1,200 stadium seats. Or the amount of time advertisers paid $4.6 million for during Super Bowl XXXVIII.

In just one minute . . .

• The Franklin Mint produces 36,458 coins.

• Racehorses are halfway around the Kentucky Derby racetrack.

• Giant machines make over 6,000 feet of toilet paper.

• 9 million telephones ring, and over 580,000 messages are recorded on answering machines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761129028
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 7 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written, edited, or illustrated a veritable kennel of books, including Workman's Kids' Best Dog Book; Artisan's Horse People, Fishing with Dad, and My Bug; and The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles and May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor. Many of his anthologies have supported humane efforts through the Company of Animals Fund, which he founded in 1990. He lives with his pack on 100 acres in central Ohio.

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This is a zippy, zany, and utterly fact-packed compendium that's equally appealing to a ten year old, a teenager, or a reader of Harper's Index or Scientific American. Rosen has used a minute as a net to capture hundreds of the most peculiar and startling and goofy and asounding things that can happen in 60 seconds. From the number of gallons of sea water oysters in the Chesapeake filter in a minute to the number of spins a championship skater can execute in a minute, from the number of squirts in a minute of cow-milking to the speed of the fastest tennis serves on the court--this encyclopedia is a 'round-the-clock survey. How many inches down can a razor clam dig in a minute? (10). (Plus there's a little bonus math fun so you can calculate exactly how long it will take you to dig to China.) How many times do Ian Thorpe's freestyling arms swing around in a minute of swimming? (69) How many drops of sweat drip from your body when you're working hard? (96) What's the speed of fans 'doing the wave' at a stadium? (1,200 seats per minute) WIth the minute glass that's included with the book--along with dozens of kid-appealing tests to try at home--this book is perfect for speed readers (100 words per minute), the speediest reader of all (3,850 words), or us average readers (250 words). Every page is packed with a fact, a laugh, and a great illustration. This book makes every minute count.