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What Makes Flamingos Pink? A Colorful Collection of Q and a's for the Unquenchably Curious

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ISBN-10: 0060000244

ISBN-13: 9780060000240

Edition: N/A

Authors: Bill McLain

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List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Animal Kingdom
Do all bears hibernate?
Is it true that a dinosaur larger than Tyrannosaurus rex was recently found?
Do spiders and other insects ever sleep?
What is the fastest snake in the world?
Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?
Why don't squirrels fall when they run across a telephone wire?
What makes flamingos pink?
Crime
How many innocent people have been executed by law in the United States since 1900?
What was the largest bank robbery in U.S. history?
What are the differences among first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree murder?
Is it true that there was a man who loved his girlfriend so much that when she died he dug up her grave and kept her corpse in his home?
Who was the famous bandit who wore a metal bucket on his head?
Who was Dr. H. H. Holmes?
Customs
How did the custom of kissing originate?
Why is a wedding ring worn on the third finger of the left hand?
How long has the running of the bulls been held and how many people have died?
Why is there a crescent moon on outhouse doors?
Why are barns always painted red?
Why is the shamrock associated with Saint Patrick?
Disasters
Which ship disaster resulted in the greatest loss of life?
What does SOS stand for?
What volcanic eruption killed the most people in the twentieth century?
What is the largest earthquake ever recorded in the continental United States?
What was the deadliest fire in U.S. history?
How many aircraft crashes have occurred in scheduled airline flights in the past fifty years?
Far Out
What was the world's largest typewriter?
Who was the model for the Gerber baby?
Who was Prester John?
Who was the first Ronald McDonald?
Have scientists actually been able to teleport an object from one location to another location?
Is it true that fleas have been trained to perform circus acts?
Food
Why is salt a good food preservative?
Where was sourdough bread invented?
How are the hulls removed from sunflower seeds?
What is the difference between Cajun and Creole?
What are the different types of caviar and why is caviar so expensive?
Why is coffee often referred to as "Joe"?
The Human Body
Is it true that we use only 10 percent of our brain at any given time?
Is it true that a full moon makes people act strangely?
What makes your fingers and toes become pruney after you have been in the bathtub for a while?
Why do your palms sweat when you are nervous?
Why do we have eyebrows?
Why does it feel good when you stretch?
Inventions
Who invented the zipper?
Why are soda cans cylindrical?
Who invented the bumper sticker?
Who invented Gatorade?
Who invented chewing gum?
Who invented plastic?
Language
Where did the term "You've been 86'ed" come from?
How many geese are in a gaggle?
What is the origin of the word "quack," meaning a fake or unethical doctor?
What is the origin of the word "cocktail" for a mixed drink?
What is the origin of the word "shrink" when used as a name for a psychologist?
Where did the term "chickenpox" come from?
Entertainment
What is the origin of the term "Oscar" for the Academy Awards?
Why don't television sets have a Channel 1?
What are the job definitions for all the credits you see at the end of a movie?
Who said, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"
Where can you find the original words for Taps?
What is the name of the dog in the Maytag commercials?
Science
Why are there C and D batteries, but no A and B batteries?
If you could hollow out a sphere in the exact center of the earth large enough to hold a person, would that person feel gravity?
Has a tenth planet been discovered recently in our solar system?
How are seedless watermelons produced?
Is it true that glass is a liquid?
In movies, why does a wheel appear to be rotating backward when the wagon or car is moving forward?
Sports and Games
How did they pick the name Yahtzee for the dice game?
Why do golf balls have dimples?
Why do they pitch baseball overhand and softball underhand?
What are the meanings behind the rings on the Olympic flag ... both number and colors?
Who invented Frisbee?
What does "seeded" mean in tennis?
Transportation and Travel
Why do diesel truck drivers leave their truck engines running when parked?
If all the trains in the country were put end to end, how long would the line be?
What is the fastest propeller-driven plane in the world?
What was the China Clipper?
What makes sled dogs run?
Who holds the record for walking the farthest?
United States
How many people died during the flu epidemic of 1918?
Is it true that President Zachary Taylor was poisoned?
Which state has the most shoreline?
Why does the Great Seal of the United States have seven white stripes and six red stripes, when it's the opposite on the flag?
Is it true that a man built a castle with stones weighing up to 25 tons with no mechanical equipment or help from anyone?
How long was the Pony Express in operation?
Weather
What are the differences among sleet, freezing rain, and hail?
Did a rainmaker ever actually cause a flood in San Diego?
What is ball lightning?
What is the heat index?
What was the "year without a summer"?
Why is a rainbow curved?
World
Is it true that the only man-made object on earth that you can see from outer space is the Great Wall of China?
What are the seven seas?
Who was Hannibal and why was he crossing the Alps with elephants?
What is the story of Rome, Romulus, and Remus?
What language is spoken the most in the world?
Where are the Spice Islands?
Exploring the Internet
Index