Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

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Why do Cretans live longer than other people? Why are the wrong combinations of certain foods and drugs lethal? Can brazil nuts prevent cancer? Why do peanut bags expand on airplane flights? Just what IS the connection between Silly Putty and Flubber? Is there a difference between natural and synthetic vitamin E? How do you get rid of skunk smell? Why are witches linked with broomsticks? Why must bleach never be combined with acids? Why might the whiff of an armpit trigger romance? Why is fish known as qbrain food?q Dr. Joe Schwarcz has been delighting readers for years in his weekly newspaper columns, collected here for the first time. Find out how a case from John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey provides a valuable lesson about foods that shouldn't be combined with MAO inhibitors in qDeath by Souffleq; read about a chemistry prof who fooled the scientific community into believing that Lot's wife was actually turned into a pillar of salt in qThe Lot of Lot's Wifeq; watch as two scientists battle it out for the right to claim bottled body odor as their own in qThe Whiff of Romanceq; and learn why you really shouldn't be throwing out your albedo (the stringy stuff found on the inner skin of citrus fruit) in qThis Pulp Isn't Fiction.q With its blend of fascinating historical stories, anecdotes about everyday life, and debunking of nonsensicalcures and schemes, this book is guaranteed to amuse, inform, and delight.Speaking of swimming pools, disaster maystrike if the chemicals required to disinfect poolwater are not mixed properly.There aretwo commonly available chlorinatingagents forthetreatment of pool water, bothof whichare usuallysold indry ... Perhaps Rudyard Kipling put it bestabout a hundred years ago: There are thosewhose studyisofsmells Andto ... Z EOLITES TO THE R ESCUE The stench in my.

Title:Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs
Author: Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Publisher:ECW Press - 1999-09-01

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