Since 1976, when the first issue of OWL Magazine hit newsstands, curious kids have written to its editors with their most baffling questions. Why are feet so ticklish? Who got to name the planets? Can animals get sunburned? How do rubber bands stretch?
You Asked? is a giant collection of nearly 350 of the best questions submitted by years worth of OWL readers. Answers to these tough and intriguing questions are provided by OWL and chickaDEE’s savvy editors and are guaranteed to fascinate, amaze, inform, and provide lots of fun.
And with OWL Magazine's 35th birthday on the horizon, it seemed like the perfect time to re-issue this bestselling book for a whole new generation of curious readers. Complete with retro photographs and illustrations, this re-issue of a classic tackles subjects like science and technology, outer space, and plants and animals because if one thing never changes, it’s the fact that inquisitive kids (and stumped parents) have questions about the world around them.
About the Author
OWL Magazine is an award-winning magazine for kids ages 9-13. It is published monthly and is filled with how-to articles, science stories, world issue columns, pop culture facts, and comics that entertain, educate, and help kids think in new ways. Celebrating its 35th birthday this year and boasting over 80,000 subscribers, OWL Magazine is a well-known favorite for kids, teachers, and parents alike. OWL Magazine is based in Toronto.
chickaDEE Magazine is an award-winning magazine for kids ages 6-9. It is published monthly and is filled with stories, comics, puzzles, crafts, animal facts, and science experiments that entertain, build problem-solving skills, and help kids think in new ways. With over 100,000 subscribers, chickaDEE Magazine is a well-known favorite for kids, teachers, and parents alike. chickaDEE Magazine is based in Toronto.
Read an Excerpt
Why do my ears pop when I go up in a fast elevator?
That popping sound you hear is your eardrums snapping back after they've bulged out of place. But why do they bulge? When you go up in a really fast elevator, the air pressure outside your ears drops quickly. But the pressure inside your ears doesn't change as fast, resulting in uneven pressure on your eardrums. Groan! To even up the pressure, try swallowing. This opens up the small tube that connects the back of your mouth to the inside of your ears and reduces the pressure by releasing trapped air. Pop!
Why does a newspaper tear smoothly up and down but not from side to side?
Take a close look at a piece of newspaper through a magnifying glass and you'll see that it's made up of tiny wooden fibers. If your glass is powerful enough, you'll see that the fibers all line up in the same direction, up and down on the page. This gives the sheet of newspaper a grain, something like the grain in meat. When you tear the newspaper from top to bottom it tears evenly because you're tearing in the direction of the grain. But when you tear it from side to side, it tears unevenly because you're tearing across the grain.
What are the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are ribbons of red, pink, and ghostly green light that dance and shimmer for hours across the sky. They occur when the sun bombards the Earth with tiny particles of electricity, too small for us to see. When these particles hit the highest part of Earth's atmosphere, they electrify the air and make it glow. Why are the Northern Lights different colors? Each gas in Earth's atmosphere glows with its own color when it becomes charged with electricity. Oxygen gives off an eerie green glow, nitrogen glows red, and neon gas turns pink.
Table of Contents
You Asked?: Questions and answers about the mystery that is you
The Sci-Tech World: Unravelling the mysteries of everyday things
Out of This World: Far-out answers to spaced-out questions
Wild and Not-So-Wild Life: Perplexed about pets, pandas, or plants?