Why do Clocks Run Clockwise? And Other Imponderables by David Feldman

By David Feldman

Listed below are the solutions to questions which were conserving you and your family up nights, questions that experience pushed households to feuds, questions that nag and nag simply will not allow cross. have you puzzled juts what function these caution labels on mattresses are meant to serve? Or what occurs to the fad that wears off tires? and the way many nutrition have you ever spent wondering the perennially baffling query of why scorching canines come ten to a package deal whereas sizzling puppy buns are available in 8? Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? has the options to those and rankings of alternative Imponderables. David Feldman's witty and impossible to resist compendium of data is going the place different reference books worry to development, uncovering heavily guarded secrets and techniques, revealing long-hidden proof, and, like several different precious works of detection, by no means letting good adequate by myself. no matter if you must settle these arguments concerning the distinction among a equipment and a caboodle, or simply enthusiastic about dry cleansing, Teflon, Wayne Gretzky, or chocolate bunnies, Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? is quintessential.

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15 hold stuff. By the eighteenth century, “kit” had become a synonym for tool kit. ” “Boodle” became slang for money, especially tainted money. By the nineteenth century, “caboodle” had taken on connotations of crowds, or large numbers. Yet the slurring of meanings occurred even before the two terms became inseparable. ” 16 / DAVID FELDMAN The expression “kit and caboodle” was popularized in the United States during the Civil War. The slang term was equally popular among the Blue and the Gray.

We speculated that perhaps birds were less likely to perch on a sphere than a flat surface, thus saving the flag from a less welcome form of decoration. But Cahill assures us that birds love to perch on flagpole balls. We may never have thought of these balls as aesthetic objects, but objets d’art they are. Why Does Wayne Gretzky Wear a Ripped Uniform? Hockey players don’t tend to make as much money as, say, top basketball players, but surely the biggest star in hockey can afford an unmangled uniform.

The most prominent scent in the dentist’s office, the one that makes you claim that all dentist offices smell alike, is probably eugenol, a colorless or pale liquid that is the essential chemical constituent of clove oil. Dentists combine solutions of clove oil or eugenol with a mixture of rosin and zinc oxide to prepare a protective pack after gum surgery or as a temporary cement. Eugenol is also used as an antiseptic, especially in root-canal therapy, and as an anodyne (painkiller). This versatile liquid is also part of the mixture for temporary fillings, impression materials, and surgical dressings after periodontal work.

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