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Publisher's Summary

Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life.
©2002 ECW Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 06-16-16

Great for getting to the point! Very insightful.

This book is full of great stories that blend science, humor & history into one enjoyable chapter after another. Highly recommended for kids and adults with or without a formal education in science.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Hendrick Mcdonald on 04-16-15

Entertaining enough but too fast to really learn

Not sure if it's the writing style or the performer, but I had a tendency to drown out this audiobook while listening. Gives a rapid fire tour of various everyday products, usually with some amusing anecdote, a 'why' to that anecdote, and then further uses or tidbits of history for that chemical/product. If your not paying attention it'll quickly switch from talking about salt to lightning rods without you noticing.

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