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Book Title: Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions|
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Reader ratings: 3.6
The author of the book: Mick O'Hare
Edition: Profile Books(GB)
Date of issue: July 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781861978769
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.98 MB
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I've finished the book and have discovered one gem above all others, but it's too late for me :-( Conkers. If you are British you would almost certainly have played conkers when you were in primary school. Every Autumn term you would pick up the fallen horse chestnuts and applied your chosen treatment to harden it, threaded it up and hoped you'd got the hardest one, a real champion, a ten-er maybe. I never got more than a six-er, but I pickled mine and as it turns out this was not the best treatment.
Everyone had their own method of hardening their conkers. Pickling, baking and even varnishing which was semi-illegal, were the favourites. But this book says that conkers from previous years would have dried out and been harder. The older the conker the harder it would be but they wouldn't be pretty and shiny but just a dull brown.
So that's a good tip. But something tells me old conkers weren't legal. I'm too old to remember though, is there anyone here young enough to know? LOL
Gem. Ants being able to run around in a microwave without being toasted. This is because they can sense where the current is and evade it. If you put a plate of marshmallows in the microwave they will cook unevenly (take out the turntable) and you will see the unevenness.
Gem. Hot water in a shallow or ice cube tray will freeze faster than cold water if places on a cold, frosty surface. The surface of the water will cool faster because of accelerated heat exchange and the bottom will melt the frost underneath slightly which will then refreeze and provide a bigger, colder surface to turn the water into ice. The bit that the book left out is that the ice cube tray is now stuck to the bottom of the freezer so you can't get it out and use the ice cubes anyway.
Not really a good book for reading but kind of ok for being stuck in queues where you expect to be called at any minute and can't really concentrate. Three stars is generous but that's me!
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Read information about the authorMick O’Hare (* 1964 in Mirfield, England) is a British editor and writer who travels between the US and the UK.
Currently, he is an editor for New Scientist, the leading British weekly for science, writing among other things the "The Last Word" column of questions and answers. He edited Profile’s bestselling book "Does Anything Eat Wasps?" and its successors "Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?" and "Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?".
Mick joined New Scientist in 1992 after being the production editor for Autosport. He still occasionally works as a rugby league writer and also edits sports books. He has a geology degree.