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Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  9 reviews

Are you the type of person who stays up nights wondering how they get the paper tag into Hershey's Kisses? Or why portholes are round?

Even if you don't lose sleep over such matters, you have to admit that such questions are, well, worthy of consideration.

Here, from David Feldman, creator of the Imponderables series, are the latest questions on the minds of his devot

Hardcover, 362 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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I LOVE Bathroom Books!! Lots of fun facts, short chapters (hey, perhaps TWO could be read while oning one's "business!). Been through several in my lifetime, and enjoy every one. This one was given to me by my good friend Jim, with whom I celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th, if you didn't already know; see the article by Dave Barry, go to So he simply HAD to get it for me! The title article reveals that parrots were a favorite animal aboard ships because of ...more
Zarvon Rejaee
I really liked this book. Overall it was a really easy read and answered questions that I have always had for a while such as "Why are pages intentionally left blank?'. Like Do Clocks Run Clockwise this book discusses imponderables, or questions that are too difficult to answer or really think about for long. I will read other books in this series such as "Do Elephants Jump?"
I've always loved books full of random facts, and this one is fun to read, although I felt that the answers to some of the questions could have been shorter and more concise. The answer to the title question was very interesting, some of the others were things I'd come across before, but it was still interesting to read. I like that anybody can send in a question, and I like the way the author answers them by consulting "experts" in those fields, but this approach sometimes leads to somewhat ram ...more
I used to love Imponderables books all through middle and high school! In fact, one volume served me well in an argument about whether or not a cornish game hen is just a baby chicken after all. (It is.) I had thought the series had faded away. In the age of Google, not many questions can't be answered. By slightly tweaking his formula, Feldman has managed to keep the series going. It's still Q&A, but Feldman seems to have expanded what he's willing to answer to types of questions that requi ...more
Brandi Wamsley
Fun and informational answers to fun and interesting questions

A fast-paced, light book which you will surely learn something. With a humorous and self-depreciating banter, the authors answer random questions people have had over the years.

Why can't you buy grape ice cream?
Why do drive-up ATMs have braille markings?
Why do we often find a fold-up piece of tissue paper inside one of a pair of men's dress socks?
How did they mark years before the birth of christ?
Why does dog food have to smell so awful?

This is their eleventh book so far all named after an impon
Hilarious! Questions that I find myself asking all the time. Why do Drive up atm's have braile? As well as many others! It was refreshing to know that I am not the only one out there asking these stupid questions. Also very nice to get some of the answers that I have pondered over for so long!
Learned some interesting stuff - will probably read another Imponderables at some point.
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Description: Ponder, if you will . . . Is yawning contagious? Do starfish have faces? Why do they put crinkly paper into pairs of men's socks? Why is it that cans of Diet Coke float, but cans of regular Coke don't? Pop culture guru David Feldman demystifies these questions and much more in Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?
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He holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Grinnell College, and a master's degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He consults and lectures on the media. He lives in New York City.
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