Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? And Answers to 100 Other Weird and Wacky Questions About How the World Works

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The popular-science magazine behind the runaway international bestsellers Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? and Does Anything Eat Wasps? takes on another irresistible batch of the strange, silly, and perplexing questions that plague curious minds the world over:

—Can pigeons sweat, can fish get thirsty, and can insects get fat?

—Could a person commit the perfect murder by killing someone the day after receiving a full blood transfusion?

—Is there a way to beat the odds of the lottery by using math?

—How much mucus does a nose produce during the average cold?

—If forced to eat parts of yourself to survive, which non-vital organs would be the most nutritious?

Culled from New Scientist’s “The Last Word” column and edited by Mick O’Hare, the author of How to Fossilize Your Hamster, Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is guaranteed to amuse and amaze as much as it informs.


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Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?
1FOOD AND DRINK TWIN CHICKSUpon cracking open my breakfast boiled egg, I found a whole new egg inside. It was not a double-yolked egg, it was a double-egged egg--a completely new egg with a shell and yolk inside another. Can anybody explain it?Liam Spencer 
An egg within an egg is a very unusual occurrence. Normally, the production of a bird's egg starts with the release of the ovum from the ovary. It then travels down the oviduct, being wrapped in yolk, then albumen, then membranes, before it is finally encased in the shell and laid.Occasionally an egg travels
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  • New Scientist is a science magazine with a worldwide readership of more than half a million, making it among the most popular of all popular-science magazines.

    Mick O’Hare is the production editor of New Scientist and the editor of the magazine’s previous international bestsellers Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? He lives in London.