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Life's Imponderables: The Answers to Civilization's Most Perplexing Questions : Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? When Do Fish Sleep? Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Why don't people get goose bumps on their faces? What's the difference between "flotsam" and "jetsam"? What would actually happen if you ripped the warning label off your mattress? If questions like these leave you sleepless, then satisfy your thirst for knowledge with this witty compendium from the Imponderables"TM" series. Feldman has tirelessly searched for the answers ...more
Hardcover, 793 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Galahad Books (first published September 1999)
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Chrissie
Jul 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
when i was a kid i thought these books were the greatest thing since sliced bread (wait, when did we learn how to slice bread?). i couldn't give them 5 stars though. because in retrospect, i don't think i actually remember any of the answers to the imponderables.
Todd Stockslager
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pop-culture
Review title: Google is for this
Other than the fact that I review every book I read, I might have skipped writing a review of this omnibus collection of "Imponderables.". But I do review everything, and I also realized this review would provide a good opportunity to remind my review readers what makes a classic.

Feldman had established a pretty profitable niche in the reference section of your local bookstore and library with a series of books answering odd and inconsequential questions that seem
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Why don't people get goose bumps on their faces? What's the difference between "flotsam" and "jetsam"? What would actually happen if you ripped the warning label off your mattress? If questions like these leave you sleepless, then satisfy your thirst for knowledge with this witty compendium from the Imponderables"TM" series. Feldman has tirelessly searched for the answers to those mysteries that frequently give people pause. Organized in a question and answer format, this three-in-one collection ...more
Paige
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that you can just keep reading and then put down for a while and then pick up when you don't have anything to do. It also has a very helpful index by topic, like "Dog noses" and "Fish Sleeping." It is a lot of fun.
Onespacecowboy
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
life is full of many interesting ?'s and this book answeres them the best way any 1 sould amazing
Jim
Dec 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Nerds
Shelves: non-fiction
Has some interesting stuff but a lot of it is dated. It's a good bathroom reader.
Maggard
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I remember these being a bit funnier when I was a kid, but maybe I'm just becoming more humorless. Anyway, well-researched and interesting answers to life's questions. A fun read.
Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Why is this book so thick?
The ultimate reference book of answers to questions you'll probably never have to ask or answer. Still lots of fun, though.

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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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