Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And Answers to 100 Other Weird and Wacky Questions About How the World Works

By New Scientist

Amazing and fascinating questions and solutions from the staff in the back of the overseas phenomenon Why do not Penguins' toes Freeze?

The popular-science journal in the back of the runaway foreign bestsellers Why do not Penguins' toes Freeze? and Does something consume Wasps? takes on one other impossible to resist batch of the unusual, foolish, and mind-boggling questions that plague curious minds across the world:
- Can pigeons sweat, can fish get thirsty, and will bugs get fat?- may possibly someone dedicate the precise homicide by way of killing an individual the day after receiving an entire blood transfusion?- Is there how to beat the percentages of the lottery through the use of math?- How a lot mucus does a nostril produce through the commonplace cold?- If pressured to consume elements of your self to outlive, which non-vital organs could be the such a lot nutritious?
Culled from New Scientist's renowned "The final note" column and edited by means of Mick O'Hare, the writer of How to Fossilize Your Hamster, Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is sure to amuse and amaze up to it informs.

(And if a polar endure seems to be lonely, it most likely ability there wasn't sufficient walrus for dinner.)

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