Does Anything Eat Wasps?

by New Scientist | Science |
ISBN: 0743297261 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Cinnamon-Girl of Newnan, Georgia USA on 5/2/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Cinnamon-Girl from Newnan, Georgia USA on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Fans of Mental Floss magazine, or the book Why Do Men Have Nipples? should enjoy this clever, entertaining book, which provides answers to some questions you may have wondered about yourself - and ones you hadn't!

Book Description from Amazon:
Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even find the courage to ask it? Maybe at the sports bar you were transported by the beauty of your beer to wonder, "How long could I live on beer alone?" Or, cycling through the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or looking up at the night sky, you had a moment of angst, "What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared -- if it were vaporized or stolen by aliens?"

Full of fun factlets, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a runaway bestseller around the world. It celebrates the weird and wacky questions -- some trivial, some baffling, all unique -- and their multiple answers culled from "The Last Word," a long-running column in the internationally popular science magazine, New Scientist. Tackling the imponderables of everyday life, sparkling with humor, and bursting with delightful erudition, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is irresistibly entertaining and utterly engrossing.

So, go on. Put away your lab coat and your pencil -- science is fun again.

Journal Entry 2 by Cinnamon-Girl from Newnan, Georgia USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Sending in the mail today to LittleMoo - enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by LittleMoo from Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 15, 2006
Book arrived safely yesterday. Looking forward to reading this during my holiday to Crete next week!

Journal Entry 4 by LittleMoo from Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 01, 2006
Thanks to Cinnamon Girl for sharing this book! It's a nice quick read and a great way to increase your knowledge without boring study! Will no doubt come in very handy at parties when I can 'astound' someone with my amazing knowledge ;oD

Have to admit that some of the answers were a little too scientific for me and went over my head (i'm just a little moo!) but there are many more laugh out loud ones to make up for them.

Sending onto Choc Drop as soon as I have their address.

Journal Entry 5 by chocdrop from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 14, 2006
This book arrived today, thanks LittleMoo.

I've got one book to read before this, but it shouldn't take long. I've already read a few pages as I've been flicking through to see which questions are answered.

Journal Entry 6 by chocdrop from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I enjoyed this book. Some of the answers went sailing right over my head, but others were very funny.

Some of the questions were as interesting as the answers.

"If aliens dragged the moon away, what would happen on earth?"

Is this likely to happen? Does he know something the rest of us don't? Should I panic? (Answer - yes if aliens manage this!) Or does this just prove that some people have too much time on their hands?!!!

This book is now on its way to candy-is-dandy.

Thanks for sharing, Cinnamon-girl.

Journal Entry 7 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, July 20, 2006
Recieved c/o chocdrop. It looks a fun book - my son and I have already flicked through it a bit and now know what to do if we need to build a lava-proof surfboard - very useful.

Journal Entry 8 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
A great book to dip into - I didn't read it cover to cover though I expect I read most of the questions, flicking backwards and forwards a bit.

It's one of those books you feel obliged to share so my family got to hear quite a bit of it - in fact my son and I shared it while eating a pub lunch on our hols in the Isle of Wight.

I loved many of the questions though found some answers rather too scientific. The humorous ones were the best of course.

Thanks to Cinnamon-Girl for sharing. I have PM'd Colanne (the bookcrosser formally known as Glasgowgal) for her address so it will soon be off on its travels again.

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Off to Colanne on the next stage of its journey. It'll be interesting to see where this one goes.

Journal Entry 10 by BC-08041015142 on Saturday, September 02, 2006
I received the book this morning. Thank you candy-is-dandy! I will read it and send it on ASAP.

Journal Entry 11 by BC-08041015142 on Sunday, September 03, 2006
This is a great little book!! It arrived on my doorstep yesterday (Saturday) morning, and although I put it to one side, I kept sneaking a peak, and before I knew it I was curled up on the sofa reading it avidly. I ended up finishing it last night. I'm a bit under the weather at the moment, and the weather yesterday was horrible and autumnal, so this was the perfect book to curl up with.

I have been a fan of "The Last Word" for some time, so I knew that this would be a gem of a book. Some of the questions are simply wonderful - what would happen to Earth if aliens stole the moon?; how fat does someone have to be before they become bulletproof?; and of course, the cover question - does anything eat wasps? It made me wonder how people come up with such weird and wonderful queries. Of course, some of the responses are even better, and some very much written tongue-in-cheek.

Like the others, I found some of the answers were a little bit too scientific, and they went over my head a bit. But overall this was a great read. In fact, the only think which spoiled it for me was that it is an American edition of what I think of as a quintessentially British thing, and the lack of "U"s and excess "Z"s distracted me a little.

However this is a great book which I'd recommend for scientists and non-scientists alike.

I already have Rockdg9's address, however my other half has shown interest in the book, so I will send this on in a couple of weeks. As I got through it in a day this will still be well within the one month standard!

Journal Entry 12 by BC-08041015142 at n/a in n/a, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 14, 2006

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OH decided he wasn't going to read this in time after all (I've promised him a copy for Christmas instead!) so this book is going on its travels!

Journal Entry 13 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Thursday, September 21, 2006
Arrived here today - I've already delved into it ... I don't like the cover though, it's a bit creepy!

Journal Entry 14 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I thought this would have been better if they'd just thought about formatting for a moment. A list of the questions in the front (like chapter headings) would have been useful, as the whole thing was higgeldy-piggeldy (is that how you spell that?!). Also, the question/answers needed to be ALL funny, or not put across as being a funny book, because, while there was a snigger here and there, a lot of answers were dry, scientific fact.

I posted onto darkpunkangel today.

Journal Entry 15 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
It's here, came today, thanks Rockdg9 for sending this to and thanks Cinnamon girl for including me. I'll start reading this sometime today!

Journal Entry 16 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Saturday, October 14, 2006
What a great book, I learn a lot of stuff I didn't know. I understood all the answers to the questions except when they were talking in miles and fahrenheit because I'm used to kilometers and celesius but all in all it was a great book!

I already PMed the next person in line, as soon as I get their address, the book will be on its way!

Journal Entry 17 by juniebug from Marcus, Iowa USA on Saturday, October 21, 2006
Recv'd today in the ol' mailbox. I have less than 100 pages left in my current read, so I plan to dig in to this one right away.

Journal Entry 18 by juniebug from Marcus, Iowa USA on Saturday, October 21, 2006
Quite a good read. Is it just me, or are there a proportionally high number of references to alcoholic beverages? No matter. I learned quite a few things along the way. BTW, I'm a believer in the "dark sucker" theory. :0D

I've already got cherylllr's address and this will go out to her on Monday. Thanks for the chance to participate in this book's journey!

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Mailed to cherylllr, next up in the bookray. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by cherylllr from Rolla, Missouri USA on Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thanks for shipping it to me - looks like it shouldn't take long to read. Still in great shape, btw!

Journal Entry 21 by cherylllr from Rolla, Missouri USA on Monday, November 06, 2006
Fairly quick read, especially for science. I wonder how much of this I'll be able to use when I play Trivial Pursuit? Ready to be mailed, pretty sure it'll go out today.

Journal Entry 22 by randomelement from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, December 03, 2006
The book has arrived safely and I will be reading it very soon. Thanks for sharing!

Take Care,
Kecia

Journal Entry 23 by randomelement from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, December 28, 2006
Sent this out to Cyberkedi today. Thank you for sharing.

Take Care,
Kecia

Journal Entry 24 by Cyberkedi from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Friday, January 05, 2007
Looks interesting! I am glad I joined this book ray.

Journal Entry 25 by Cyberkedi from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Monday, February 26, 2007
I am glad that I joined this book ray! It is amazing what you can learn in this book - how quickly a human body could become a fossil, why lemon juice keeps apples from browning, how fabric softeners work, if wheels ever evolved in Nature, how accents develop, and why when you make a shandy you should always pour the lemonade before you pour the beer. And, oh yes, if anything eats wasps. The answer to that is not "Very stupid birds." This book is a smorgasbord of interesting and unexpected facts.

Along the outer edges of the right side pages is a progressive picture of an insect - a wasp? - descending towards a hungry frog. If you riff the pages right it comes to life.

Now on the way to Fungirl503.

Journal Entry 26 by Cyberkedi at Sent in the mail in Atlanta, Georgia -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 26, 2007

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Journal Entry 27 by fungirl503 from Portland, Oregon USA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
the book came today. looks like I am last in line. after I read this I will find another book crosser who would love to read this book.

Journal Entry 28 by fungirl503 from Portland, Oregon USA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
alot of good information. I love finding out that how quick some one could be come a fossil.
This book is going to glad1 as a rabck surprised.

Journal Entry 29 by fungirl503 at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Portland, Oregon USA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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going to glade1

Journal Entry 30 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Hey! I thought I passed on this one! Thank you for including me at the end of this bookring (ray?). I received it yesterday and have already started reading it--it looks like lots of fun. I'll PM Cinnamon-Girl when I have finished it to see if she wants it to come home or keep traveling.

Journal Entry 31 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Enjoyed this one but didn't find it as humorous as I had expected, considering the fun title. I found myself skimming over a lot of it as it seemed a little too dry and technical at times. But I learned some neat stuff too, so I'm glad I read it. I'll mark it as available until I find a suitable time to release it. Thank you, Cinnamon-Girl and fungirl for sharing this with me!

Update 6-3-09: I have cleaned off my bookshelf and can't lay my hands on this book. I'm not sure what I've done with it. Maybe I released it and forgot to make release notes...? I'm drawing a blank. Will mark it as traveling for now and hope it turns up.

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