Do Fish Drink Water? : Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers
Do Fish Drink Water Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers Author:Bill McLain
Is it true that elephants are afraid of mice? — How much gold does the United States store in Fort Knox? — Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too fast? — How did the "seventh inning stretch" originate? —
As the official webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, like whether ... more »people born blind can see in their dreams and why rabbits are associated with Easter. McLain began to answer each and every question--attracting national attention from MSNBC, CNN, and People--and the result, collected in Do Fish Drink Water?, is a surprising, funny, and informative collection of facts. McLain's answers can often be as wild as the questions and prompt entertaining anecdotes about where he found them. McLain explains how magnets are made, what caused the Great Depression of 1922, and even explains why cats purr. Also included is an extensive list of websites where he conducts research, offering an informative guide to making the most of the Internet.« less
Kerry reviewed Do Fish Drink Water? : Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers on
Helpful Score: 7
This is what I would call a bathroom book. As a collection of facts, or did you knows, it reads easily and is enjoyable but the varied range of stuff is ultimately just information. Ideal for those already inclined to enjoy trivial pursuit. Best read in groups of people or or in many short random reads, like in the bathroom while thoughtfully sitting on the toilet. Though... probably not best read with groups of people sitting on toilets.
For over 20 years Bill McLain was the answer man at Xerox. Anyone could ask any question and he would email them the answer in 24 hours. This book is some of the more interesting questions about life, nature, love and the future. A great easy read for any age level.