David Feldman Kassie Schwan
- Title: Do Penguins Have Knees?: An Imponderables Book
- Author: David Feldman Kassie Schwan
- ISBN: 9780060740917
- Page: 335
- Format: Paperback
Ponder, if you willWhat happens to your Social Security number when you die Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain MMs 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 in Do Penguins Have Knees the unchallenged sourcPonder, if you willWhat happens to your Social Security number when you die Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain MMs 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 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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Did I actually read every essay in this book? Errrr, no. But I read most of them, and a whole lot were pretty interesting and informative, and occasionally funny. A great book to kep on the side to while away some time when you have sudden breaks, or you just don't have anything else to pick up at the moment. I think youngsters will enjoy this as well, if not all of the explanations.
I had another in this series of books when I was a young kid. I was excited to find a few of these at a recent library sale. I am really excited to share this with my nieces as they get older. They definitely have the same "why" gene I did and I can already seem them driving people a little batty with their thirst for knowledge. Some of the articles are a bit dated, but most of them are still relevant and good information.
Some entries were outdated (copyright 2004), but most were entertaining and oddly interesting to read.
I can't resist books about some random things I don't know about. Whether it's the anatomy of the penguins or the history of Moors' medical tools in Europe or the Algerian pirates in co Cork in Ireland, there are just way too many interesting topics around there. And the books like this, covering a bit of everything, in perfectly tiny chapters make a perfect read for so many occasions. When I'm tired, too tired to concentrate in a real book, when traveling with a huge jet lag, or perfect for toi [...]
So I'm torn on how to rate this book. I thought it was enjoyabled I loved learning about new random facts. But this in itself could never really be rated 5 stars just isn't something that I could ever say was "amazing".I did enjoy it though, and would recommend it to other readers. I will read others written by David Feldman, as I come across them.
To be honest with everyone when i first started reading this book, I only read it because it was the only book that had an interesting title. So before i read it i thought the book was going to be about penguins hence the title "Do Penguins Have Knees?" but i was obviously wrong as soon as I got to the first chapter in the book. So pretty much this book was about these questions that us as people might randomly think of, and then the book would have the question and the answer if there was an an [...]
My favorite bathroom literature are the series of Uncle John's Bathroom Readers by the Bathroom Readers' Institute (BRI) and the Imponderables series by David Feldman. Do Penguins Have Knees? is the fifth book in the Imponderables series and it is just as readable and compulsive (like potato chips) as the first four books. The list of questions tackled range from "Why do cowboy hats have dents in them?" to "How did Dr Pepper get its name?" to "Why can't they make chewing gum flavor last longer?" [...]
It took me over a YEAR to finish this book! I would not recommend it to anyone for multiple reasons:1) Out of the whole book, I think there were maybe 6 questions I thought were interesting.2) The second HALF of the book is just questions they've answered in other books and also sources (the sources are understandable, but it shouldn't be so long).3) There were SO MANY questions that they said they weren't sure about or didn't know the answer to. WHY PUT IT IN THE BOOK IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSW [...]
This book was at my house when I was a kid. I can’t remember if I read it because I wanted to be smarter than my sister or if I saw her reading it and I wanted to read it so that she wouldn’t be smarter than me. Either way…I didn’t want to be the dumb sister. Hey look! It worked! Not because my sister turned out to be the dumb one, but because we are both geniuses. Anyways, I read it a whole bunch of times between the ages of about 9 and 17. I don’t remember a single thing. I don’t e [...]
This book is apparently #5 or #6 in the Imponderables series. I assume/hope that the previous books were funnier and wittier because I didn't find this one all that entertaining or interesting. The premise of the book is certainly interesting (the author attempts to answer "hard-to-answer" questions) but the content is pretty weak. I suggest skipping this one (but if you really want to read it, you can have my copy).
While the idea is very attractive (and normally I really enjoy books of this kind), the questions were far from exciting and some answers were just so obvious that I was really starting to wonder - who would even ask such a stupid question :)Besides, 50% of those are related to some "American-only" trivia that really doesn't interest me at all.Also, many issues are outdated. I don't care about the VCRs anymore - sorry!
I hate to say it, but I really didn't like this book. I like to read things that have useless information, but this information was not interesting. I found maybe two or three things that really caught my attention, but the rest I really read the first few sentences and then skipped over the rest. In truth, I read about 25% of the book and retained about 1% of the information. I hope the other books were ether. Sorry for the bad review.
This was a great read. The whole premise of this book is to answer questions that most wonder about but never get resolution on. It can be used as a reference book, a curl-up-on-the-couch on a rainy day book, or just a light, interesting read. Besides the wonderful life mysteries it cracks, it is hard not to enjoy Feldman's witty and enticing writing. All in all, I'd say read it.
Since this is one of those bits and pieces books (often read in the bathroom), it is full of quick and easy-to-read bits that lend itself well to an afternoon with my daughter where we are both sitting out on the patio just spending time together. Some of it brings back memories, some of it is entertaining and some of it is easy to skip. I even learned a bit.
Published in 1991, so some of the info was outdated. The entry about telephone area codes, for example, confused the heck out of me until I realized that we've moved beyond their explaination and it no longer applies. There were a good number of entries that I learned something from, so it was a worthwhile read. It was perfect bathroom material.
A good book file with a lot of cool, funny and mostly unless facts. So if you’re like me and you like those then read it and learn why White Chocolate isn’t really chocolate and why the classification of hardwood and softwood have nothing to do with how hard or soft the wood is.
This was quite a fun and interesting read. It's not earth shattering information, but it's fun party conversation. They've written several other Imponderables books, and I'm thinking I'll probably read those as well. And, for the record, they do have knees.
Loved this book. I am a sucker for trivia of all kinds. It is part of a series of books on trivia. It is well written and adequately researched. One just never knows when the subject of a penguin's knees will come up in a conversation about sex or violence.
This book was so great it not only answered these question but a lot of other questions that are prevelent in the world and seem to slip onder out radar like " Why are peanuts listed under a plain M&M's package?" haha this was the funniest book ever!
Boring. I sometimes like reading little books like theseI'm always curious about the little "why's" and "hows" in life. But this one just wasn't all that interesting. At least you could read it in less than an hour.
It was pretty interesting but half the stuff was too sciency for me.
I feel so informed about things that have no real impact in my life. However, every time i go to the bathroom, I no longer wonder who those YKK zipper people are. Now I know for sure! Yay!
What a fun book! I loved it! I can't wait to read the rest of them. :)
this is an amazing reference book for all those things you never knew you wondered.P.s. - Yes, Fish can drown
A book of unanswerable questions. Also unsatisfying and dated.
Random questions are answered in this book series.
Fun to read!
Borrowed from my mother. Read most of it but some of it wasn't very interesting. The parts I read, I enjoyed.
It has questions and answers for interesting facts I think it's a great book! I highly recommend this!
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