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Why Things Are and Why Things Aren't (Why Things Are)

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Washington Post columnist Joel Achenbach refuses to take "I don't know" for an answer. In Why Things Are, he gave you a world of answers in a nutshell. Well, once again it's time to get cracking. Just ask Achenbach, who's out to crack every mystery in the book. After all, why stop asking why when there's no end of questions left
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 20th 1996 by Ballantine Books
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May 08, 2011 Kirsti rated it really liked it
A newspaper column that provides "The Answers to Life's Greatest Mysteries (Well, Most of Them, Anyway)." Two of my favorites were:

Why doesn't your heart get tired like other muscles do? (Short answer: The heart muscle is stronger than other muscles and contracts differently.)

Why don't identical twins have identical fingerprints? (Short answer: "Environmental noise," meaning thousands of external factors that affect how the genetic instructions get carried out. For instance, twin embryos don't h
Aug 10, 2011 Nico rated it it was amazing
you can hear Joel and Gene. It's uncanny. It's also a great bathroom read. Sorry guys - or you're welcome. I don't know. I think Dave Barry would agree and approve of that assessment.
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