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Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time by Richard Conniff
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Jul 01, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: Dad
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 1

Well-written, insanely informative and lots of fun. Conniff is wry, self-deprecating and endearingly goofy. For me, the standout chapter was The Value of a Good Name. If you have the slightest interest in nomenclature and science, you owe yourself this slice of real-life hilarity. I learned things about Piranhas (including the fact I've been pronouncing it wrong all these years), how to find spiderwebs (fill a sock with cornstarch- shake gently over your yard- boggle at the fecundity), what happens when your botfly hatches out of your skull at a baseball game, and what Gerald Durrell drank for breakfast. Wonderful anecdotes abound.

Conniff isn't in this for the depth, but he sure makes the surfaces sparkle.
Highly recommended.

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Reading Progress

07/01/2009 page 65
21.74% "this is fun! I loved the chapter about goofball scientific names."

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