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1. Do Elephants Jump? (Imponderables Book)
by David Feldman
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Asin: 0060539135
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 1768
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Every day, we are confronted with innumerable small mysteries that puzzle and confound. Why do pianos have 88 keys? Why is peanut butter sticky? And do elephants jump? Now David Feldman returns with his tenth Imponderables® book to answer these and 100 other perplexing questions about food, popular culture, the human body, science, and more. Like the other books in the Imponderables® series, Do Elephants Jump? answers questions sent in by Dave's vast, and inquisitive, readership. For the painstakingly researched answers, Dave turns to his national network of experts in everything from fishing to astronomy to plastics, not to mention his millions and millions of readers who are eager to supply him with tidbits about even the most obscure phenomena. And since it's presented with Dave's trademark humor, you will be learning and laughing in equal measure.

This tenth book in the series is complete with an indispensable master index to all ten of the Imponderables® books, and charming illustrations by longtime collaborator Kassie Schwan. With well over two million copies of Imponderables® in print, Do Elephants Jump? is sure to be the biggest hit yet. Join Dave Feldman as he strikes another blow against Imponderability.

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2. What Are Hyenas Laughing At, Anyway? An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
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Asin: 0425154513
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Sales Rank: 14984
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
this is a great book, for any one the likes trivia, and likes to find out little known facts about the world.

buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars You have to love it...or at least appreciate it
This book is a riot! Especially for those of us who are easily annoyed with the "why" and "why not" of everything! Even those of you who think you won't like this book will. It answers may of the most absurd questions ever put forth, but yet they are so absurd that you are compelled to read it. I know many people won't find this review helpful, but just trust me and read the book anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kind of silly, but very funny book!
Having had the pleasure of having read a number of his other books, e.g., why do dogs have wet noses and when do fish sleep and other imponderables, then this book in the imponderables sereies was a given title. Here Mr. Feldman continues to answer all our silly little questions, i.e., why is tuna the only variety of cat food that doesn't come in a pull-tab can and whats the difference between a bun and a roll?

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is really great!
If you love to ponder questions like, "Why isn't there any canned broccoli" or "why do mosquitoes seem to like some people more than others", then you'll definately love this book. It includes many long, interesting, answers to some of the hardest-to-answer questions ever asked. I think this is a great book, and I think it deserves a place on bookshelves everywhere. ... Read more


3. How Do Astronauts Scratch an Itch?: An Imponderables Book (An Imponderables Book)
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
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Asin: 0399141898
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Sales Rank: 616244
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
this a great book for any one that likes trivia and likes finding out little known facts about the world.

buy it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Its fun to read
I only rated this three stars because it is fun to read but once you are finished it just collects dust. Most of the stories are interesting but some are just boring. Overall, I don't regret buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stupid ..yet funny!
Ok..so I will not find the cure for cancer nor learn anything more usefull then coctail party material. However, if one is looking for a funny and silly book then this book in question, i.e., How Do Astronauts Scratch an Itch?; An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan (Illustrator) , then one is in for a real treat. In here Mr. Feldman explains silly things such as how do astronauts scratch an itch. Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the person who's always asking 'why?'
My husband picked up this book on a bargain table---he always wants to know why things are the way they are, and this book answered a lot of his questions. The author has done a lot of research into the hows and whys of everything from why the letter 'x' is used in algebra to why potato chip bags are hard to open, and many more questions I hadn't even thought of. I only wish the book was divided into general categories, but it's just as fun to read it straight through and stumble across all kinds of interesting facts. A good read for inquisitive people of all ages. ... Read more


4. When Do Fish Sleep? And Other Imponderables of Everyday Life
by David Feldman
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Asin: 0060920114
Catlog: Book (1990-09-26)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 5275
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Another great collection of the answers to life's little mysteries, from the bestselling author of Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Belongs in Everyone's Bathroom!!
One of my best friends has assembled a rather amazing library of some 200 books: quote books, trivia books, fact books, you name it. The most interesting facet of his collection is the place where it resides--in his bathroom!!! Furthermore, David Feldman's wonderful series of Imponderables books has a place of honor in his library--right next to the toilet paper! (Needless to say, he is a bachelor as of this writing!) When Do Fish Sleep? is Feldman's third book in the series, and one of the best, in that more time is spent pondering questions that people really do care about, such as: "Why do gas gauges take an eternity to go from registering full to half full, and then drop to empty in the speed of light?" (I think we've all been there!) Feldman receives most of his imponderables from readers of the previous volumes, seeks out experts in the relevent fields to answer them (In the above example, that person is Anthony H Siegel of Ametek's US Gauge Division), and prints their response. If no one expert knows the definitive answer, Feldman will print the most prevalent theories instead. There are also many charming and funny illustrations to keep the material from getting too dry. There is also a section in the back called Frustables, which deals with Imponderables that are not easily solved, and their corresponding theories. Finally, the most important feature of this and any other Imponderables book: The articles are just the right length to read when seated "upon the throne." (Well, most of them are, anyway!) So, get When Do Fish Sleep and other Imponderables books right away. Feldman's ready wit will keep you entertained and keep you from having to make that sometimes painful search for reading matter the next time nature calls!

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny, silly and yes it is ultimately a good read!
Alright so I will not get a Nobel peace price or solve difficult moral/ethical dilemmas whilst reading this book in question, i.e., When Do Fish Sleep? : And Other Imponderables of Everyday Life (Imponderables)by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan (Illustrator). However, I will get to know the secret behind imponderables. Small secrets in everyday life. For example when do fish sleep!. I have read many of Feldmans books and I love them all. Highly Recomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't know
I don't know. I haven't read it. I just like all the trivial facts that I get in my daily email from trivia mailer

5-0 out of 5 stars very interesting and informative
I have always been interested in weird things and this fills my need

4-0 out of 5 stars informative
I fully enjoyed reading and learning with this book. It is a great book to read when you have limited time. Short, funny and to the point. ... Read more


5. Imponderables
by David Feldman
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Asin: 0688059147
Catlog: Book (1987-09-24)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 53467
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating facts
This is the first of the Imponderables series of books. For people like me who love to accumulate useless but fascinating information it is a wonderful book. It asks the questions (Why do we itch, why are there holes in Swiss cheese, why does an X stand for a kiss, etc....) and then proceeds to answer them. If you ever wanted to be a know-it-all (or want your know-it-all to at least have the right answers) then read this book and become the authority on useless information with your family and friends. Much more fascinating than trivia books (after all you might want to know why cashews are not sold in their shells but who really cares who the runner up for the 1998 Ms America was?).
Each piece is a short question and answer so that you could pick it up and read one in a minute or two, but if you are like me then once you have read one you have to keep on reading the next and then the next until you have consumed an hour or more of fascinating reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all!
What is an imponderable; well, it is those annoying little mysteries of everyday living. In this first and original title, i.e., Imponderables : The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life by David Feldman, Kas Schwan we are given the answers to silly, yet important questions such as Why do people look up when they are thinking and why do women open their mouths when applying mascara? There are tons of funny, and thoughworthy imponderables packed in this book and we are told for instance why do we itch? I consider this to be a funny, informative and highly entertaining book. Way to go Mr. Feldman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ponderings on Imponderables
Reading the first of the Imponderables books certainly made me glad that there are more. If you are unfamiliar with the Imponderables series, I will explain: David Feldman puts together a list of questions ("Why do people look up when they're thinking?" or "Why do we tie shoes to the back of newlyweds' cars?") and then proceeds to answer them. The illustations are more amusing than what you are likely to find on the comics page of your local newspaper and the writing is very witty. If you have read the other Imponderables books, this one is not especially different from the others. Enjoy! ... Read more


6. Life's Imponderables: The Answers to Civilization's Most Perplexing Questions : Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? When Do Fish Sleep? Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? (Life's Imponderables)
by David Feldman
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Asin: 1578660807
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Galahad Books
Sales Rank: 76924
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Topics but Only Superficial Research
This book is full of interesting things to read about, but it suffers from the fact that the answers to the questions are only given a superficial amount of research, or are purely speculation. It is fun to read as long as you don't take the answers too seriously, and is in the same vein as the Urban Legend web sites (such as snopes.com) and newspaper columns (such as Ask Cecil) which delve into obscure trivia on everyday things.

This book is purely entertainment, and shouldn't be considered the definitive answer on anything. Also, much of the material is taken from talk shows and reader letters, so reading this book is a lot like being in a chat room or BBS and listening to armchair philosophers expounding their theories.

In all, if you want urban legends, you can use the Internet for that, and the web will be more up-to-date than what's contained in this book, but if you want entertainment, this book isn't half bad.

5-0 out of 5 stars No technical jargen!
I've purchased books like this in the past and they give origins of words and technical terms that I just don't find interesting. This book, however, was not like that at all! It is intellegently written but easy to understand and relate to. It actually answers the questions and has humourous overtones. There are also fun sections called: Frustables, and Letters.

Buy this book! It's well worth the money....I've already told everyone I know about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's No Imponerable that this is a good book!:)
This is a lifes answer to all those stupid questions. Didn't you always want to know how people who run private graveyards make there money or does anyone ACTUALLY buy fruitcake for themselves? Well this will tell you. I have 2 words for you-READ IT! :)

3-0 out of 5 stars Terrific value.
I bought this for a 14 year old boy and read much of it before I mailed it to him. The facts are presented in a really fun format. The type of book you can pick up and read for five minutes or an hour. This would be a good book for any parent of a 4 year old to read! It answers lots of questions that we have all asked at one time or another. ... Read more


7. Do Penguins Have Knees? : An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman
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Asin: 0060740914
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 81278
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Ponder, if you will

What happens to your Social Security number when you die?
Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain M&Ms?
Why is Barbie's hair made out of nylon, but Ken's hair is plastic?
What makes up the ever-mysterious "new-car smell"?

Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in Do Penguins Have Knees? -- the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's most perplexing questions.

Part of the Imponderables® series, Do Penguins Have Knees? arms readers with the knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. And think about it, where else are you going to get to the bottom of how beer was kept cold in the Old West?

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8. A World of Imponderables: The Answers to Life's Most Mystifying Questions (Imponderables Series)
by David Feldman
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Asin: 1578660963
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Galahad Books
Sales Rank: 454964
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Answers to interesting little questions
If there are odd little things in your day-to-day existence that puzzle you, then this might be the book for you. It does not answer life's major mysteries, but it does a wonderful job of answering the little ones. Do you wonder what the 'Q' stands for in Q-tip? Have you pondered whether cats have navels? Do you puzzle over why there is a worm in the bottom of some tequila bottles? Have you questioned why there are no purple Christmas lights? I could go on and on, but you get the idea. These little imponderables, and many more, are collected here in one volume from three of David Feldman's earlier out-of-print books.

Besides imponderables with answers, there is also a section on "frustrables," or those imponderables that even the author's research could not uncrack. These include such mysteries as why doctors have illegible handwriting. Readers are invited to provide explanations to these unanswered questions, and there is an update in the back of each book section with reader's answers. Readers are also encouraged to pose questions of their own for inclusion in future books.

This collection is not only a lot of fun, but a good source of trivia as well. It is the kind of book you can open at random and find enlightenment, entertainment, and a chuckle or two all in the space of several pages. If you are a fan of Cecil Adam's "The Straight Dope" you will find Feldman's Imponderables a great way to round out your general trivia collection.

Eileen Rieback

5-0 out of 5 stars Plan on sleepless nights because you can't put it down.
David Feldman has yet another winner with this book. Personally I have loved his Imponderables books and this is the largest collection to date. What are Imponderables? Well, to be brief, they are the questions that everyone seems to ask at one time or another, but would not have the first idea where to find the answer. For example, why do weather thermometers use red mercury and medical thermometers use red mercury? Why are peanuts listed under the ingredients of plain M&Ms? Can one spider get stuck in the web of another one? While the questions are trivial this is not like traditional trivia. Among other things, my trivia books are always where I left them. People pick it up read a few and put it down. Then later they may pick it up again and read a few more. With this book I have a hard time keeping track of where the book is located. People pick it up read a few, can't put it down and take it with them to another room. By the couch, by the chair, in a bedroom, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, who knows where it ends up? Part of the fun is also being a child again. The questions are the same kind of things that children ask when they are innocent and not afraid to ask questions about anything. Get in touch with the child inside you and ask the questions that you wouldn't ask anymore as an adult.... Do Penguins have knees?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Entertaining Read
When you read this book, you encounter questions you never really thought about but once you read them, they really make you wonder. For example:
Was Ben gay?
It was invented by Dr. Ben Gué and originally called Baume Gué.
What flavor is original bubble gum?
wintergreen, vanilla, and cassia
Why do we wave Polaroid prints?
Back then, Polaroid prints used to be covered with a tacky polymer and we used to wave them to dry. For some reason, we've retained the trait.
Besides interesting questions, David Feldman also has a great sense of humor that will keep you laughing. I highly recommend this book. Now if anybody can tell me why we close our eyes when we kiss. Any answers? ... Read more


9. Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? : An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman
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Asin: 0060740922
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
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10. Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? and Other Imponderables of Everyday Life
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
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Asin: 0060921110
Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 147410
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny imponderables supplied by Feldman!
Having read a plethora of his others books, then this title in the series was given, i.e.,Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? and Other Imponderables of Everyday Lifeby David Feldman, Kassie Schwan (Illustrator). Once again, we are told the secret behind every day questions concerning every day objects or events. For example we are told why dogs have wet noses and why are blueprints blue?

5-0 out of 5 stars And how do they get the mint flavoring on toothpicks?
And why do we kiss under mistletoe? And why are blueprints blue? I can think of no other book which is brave enough to answer these questions. Fans of the other "Imponderables" books will not be disappointed by this one, as it is similar in nature to the rest of the series. Readers who have never before delved into the realm of Imponderables are also in for a treat. "Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?" is light, clever, and just plain funny. However, I must warn you that you may possibly learn something from it. Who would have thought that a book that is basically a series of odd questions and answers could be so thoroughly enjoyable? ... Read more


11. When Did Wild Poodles Roam the Earth? An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
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Asin: 0060924322
Catlog: Book (1993-09-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 238360
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars As a fiction reader, I still enjoyed the things this book.
This book teaches you lots of interesting stuff, and asks lots of interesting stuff. We never thought we would never get the answers. However, David Feldman got them for us. HOORAY! I could have gave it 5 stars, since it was a very interesting things that helped me help others with imponderables, and taught me stuff that was head-scratching.

1) What kind of a title is "When Did Wild Poodles Roam the Earth?" 2) I am a person who enjoys fiction and flowing prose, so when I read this, it didn't grab me. 3) Some of the answers were long, boring sometimes.

it's well worth the buy. ... Read more


12. How Does Aspirin Find a Headache?: An Imponderables Book
by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan
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Asin: 0060169230
Catlog: Book (1993-11-01)
Publisher: Harpercollins
Sales Rank: 249488
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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David Feldman once again sparks our curiosity with a book of Imponderables -- the seventh book in the wildly successful series that has sold one million copies. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How Does it Know it's Not my Toe?
Here's another installment of the "Imponderables™" series, which, the jacket explains, find the answers to the conundrums over which, whether you realize it or not, you have been obsessing since your very beginning. Such as:

Why did they sacrifice innocent bunny rabbits to determine if human females were pregnant? The Darwinian biology and physiology of a sunburn and subsequent peeling.

Also considered are Reader Responses to "Frustables" posed previously:
Why do women have to go to the Ladies' Room in a pack instead of singly?
What *IS* it with men and the Remote Control?
Does anyone really like fruitcake?

As with "Do Penquins Have Knees," we are not here tackling "What is the meaning of life?" but the quick questions and answers are entertaining and illuminating. It's fun food for thought and answered my throbbing question: How does aspirin know I took it for a headache and not a stubbed toe? Reviewed by TundraVision

5-0 out of 5 stars Imponderables galore!
Once again Feldman assaults us with silly little tidbits that we really, really want to know. In this installment, i.e., How Does Aspirin Find a Headache : An Imponderables Book by David Feldman, Kassie Schwan (Illustrator), we find out why ham does not change color when it is cooked and why was 21 chosen as the age of majority?

5-0 out of 5 stars a blast to read and share with others
All of Feldman's "Why Do" books are a blast. You cannot help but read them out loud to who ever is listening. Alot of fun for older kids. He even asks for help solving some of the unsolved questions. And he accepts questions for future books.

If you read one, you want to read all the others. Too bad Amazon didn't sell them in sets as I have seen in other catalogs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Interesting!
Have you ever wondered why pigs are roasted with an apple in their mouths? Or perhaps wondered why covered bridges are covered? Maybe you've always wanted to know the answer as to why we wave Polorids in the air after they come out of the camera? If you have, then this is the book for you! Even after so many other books in the Imponderables series, this book is still interesting. However, I recomend flipping through it, reading only the questions that interest you. If you read it cover to cover, it won't be as enjoyable. It also features the popular "Frustables" column, and an all new section with letters from readers. Overall, it's a fun and entertaining read. ... Read more


13. Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses: And Other Imponderables
by David Feldman

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