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Examine, in the event you will What occurs for your Social safeguard quantity in the event you die? Why are peanuts indexed as an component in undeniable M&Ms? Why is Barbie's hair made from nylon, yet Ken's hair is plastic? What makes up the ever-mysterious "new-car smell"? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies those subject matters and much more in Do Penguins Have Knees? -- the unchallenged resource of solutions to civilization's so much puzzling questions. a part of the Imponderables® sequence, Do Penguins Have Knees? fingers readers with the data approximately daily life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs simply should not have. and give it some thought, the place else are you going to resolve how beer used to be stored chilly within the previous West?

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If so, why isn’t it the Red Ocean? Or simply referred to as the Indian Ocean? Most, but by no means all seas are almost totally landlocked and connected to an ocean or a larger sea, but no definition we encountered stated this as a requirement for the classification. Geographical and geological authorities can’t even agree on whether a sea must always be saline: the United States Geological Survey’s Topographical Instructions say yes; but in their book Water and Water Use Terminology, Professors J.

No one knew exactly why or how the instrument got classified as a horn. But the true mystery is how the credit for this instrument migrated to England. Dr. Margaret Downie Banks, curator of The Shrine to Music Museum and Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments at the University of South Dakota, told Imponderables that the existence of the instrument can be traced back at least to the seventeenth century. According to Banks, in the early eighteenth century the English horn was called the wald-hautbois (forest oboe), 38 / DAVID FELDMAN a name which Baroque composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and others italianized to oboe da caccia (hunting oboe).

The moon? moon? the moon? Dorothy? We know that other planets have moons. Do they all have names? How do astronomers distinguish one moon from another? Whenever we have a problem with matters astronomical, we beg our friends at two terrific magazines—Astronomy and Sky & Telescope—for help. As usual, they took pity on us. Astronomy’s Robert Burnham, like most senior editors, is picky about word usage: The proper name of our sole natural satellite is “the Moon” and therefore…it should be capitalized.

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