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Ancient Inventions
Ancient Inventions
Paperback      ISBN: 0345401026

A guide to ancient accomplishments and inventions unearths the origins of modern creations, including computers in ancient Greece, plastic surgery in India in the first century B.C., and a postal service in medieval Baghdad.

Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?: More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour
Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?
More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0307345971

The Doctor Is In . . . Again

Did the mega-bestselling Why Do Men Have Nipples? exhaust your curiosity about stuff odd, icky, kinky, noxious, libidinous, or just plain embarrassing? No, you say? Well, good, because the doctor and his able-bodied buddy are in Again Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D., now take on the differences between the sexes--those burning questions like Why doesn't my husband ever listen? or Why does my wife ALWAYS have to pee? And of course, Why do men fall asleep after sex?, plus plenty of others to keep you fully informed.

Full of smart and funny answers to an onslaught of new questions, all in a do-ask-we'll-tell spirit that entertain and teaches you something at the same time, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? offers the real lowdown on everything everyone wants to know about all things anatomical, medical, sexual, nutritional, animal, and mineral, but would only ask a physician after a few too many, like:

- Why do you have a "bionic" sense of smell when you're pregnant?

- Does peeing in the shower cure athlete's foot?

- Is a dog's mouth clean?

- Can you breastfeed with fake boobs?

- Does thumb sucking cause buckteeth?

- Do your eyebrows grow back if shaved?

Bigger, funnier, and better than ever, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? proves that in the battle of the sexes, as in most things, a little Q&A is a safe, effective, minimally invasive remedy.

Also available as an eBook
Einstein's Refrigerator: And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History
Einstein's Refrigerator
And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History
Paperback      ISBN: 0740714198

Steve Silverman was looking for a way to add some spice to his high school lectures when he realized that weird and bizarre true-life stories would capture his students' attention. In fact, they worked so well that the science teacher then began posting his discoveries to his own Web site, which he dubbed Useless Information. Well-researched and clearly sourced, Silverman's unusual tidbits have gained a wide following.

In Einstein's Refrigerator, Silverman collects more than 30 of the most fascinating stories he has gathered--tales of forgotten genius, great blunders, and incredible feats of survival, as well as answers to puzzling questions.

Einstein's Refrigerator is a remarkable book with spellbinding stories. Whatever happened to the refrigerator Einstein helped invent? While it never became a commercial success, its underlying concepts became the basis for cooling nuclear breeder reactors.
Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Hardcover      ISBN: 0877790426

Identifies authors and works of world literature, defines literary terms, and offers brief discussusions of topics in literature.

A World of Ideas: A Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers
A World of Ideas
A Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers
Paperback      ISBN: 0345437063

THE THINKERS, THE THOUGHTS, AND THE THEORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

With A World of Ideas, you can get to the bottom of the big bang theory; find out where Freud's ideas were coming from, and where Einstein's might take us; demystify surrealism and structuralism, communism and capitalism. Prepared with the assistance of an academic board of leading scholars, this invaluable reference includes

- Hundreds of entries, alphabetically arranged, with key words and concepts highlighted and cross-referenced--more than two thousand in all
- A special emphasis on multicultural influences and contemporary thought
- A comprehensive index giving easy access to all essential terms and names

A World of Ideas is an indispensable resource for the curious reader.
Writing to Learn Rc
Writing to Learn Rc
Paperback      ISBN: 0062720406

From the author of On Writing Well comes a book on how to write clearly aboutany subject--and how to use writing as a means of learning.

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things
Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things
Paperback      ISBN: 0740754963

How to Turn a Calculator into a Metal Detector, Carry a Survival Kit in a Shoestring, Make a Gas Mask with a Balloon, Turn Dishwashng Liquid into a Copy Machine, Convert a Styrofoam Cup into a Speaker, and Make a James Bond Spy Jacket with Everyday Things

Did you know that your standard issue of Sports Illustrated magazine can be turned into over 20 useful gadgets? In author Cy Tymony's Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things, you'll learn how an average magazine can become many extraordinary gadgets such as a compass, hearing aid, magnifier, peashooter, and bottle opener.

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things covers 40 educational and unique projects that anybody can successfully complete with simple household items. The book includes a list of necessary materials, detailed sketches, and step-by-step instructions for each gadget and gizmo. Among the sneaky schemes are:

* Creating a electroscope out of a glass jar

* Turning a drinking cup into a speaker

* Using an AM radio as a metal detector

* Making a spy gadget jacket with over 20 individual sneaky uses ranging from a siren and whistle to a walkie-talkie and voice recorder

These days, be prepared applies to more than just the Boy Scouts. Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things provides loads of practical ideas, science projects, and captivating solutions for dealing with life's unexpected challenges. Great fun for the curious, inventive, and creative of all ages.
An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries
An Odyssey in Print
Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries
Hardcover      ISBN: 1588340368

Situated at the center of the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries links the holdings of 22 Smithsonian museums and research centres into one system encompassing 1.5 million books and manuscripts. The expansive collection includes many rare and unusual works equal to the celebrated art and artifacts of the Smithsonian's museums. This illustrated accompaniment to a new Smithsonian Libraries exhibition of the same name provides a three-part expedition through the collection. The first presents works such as a 1511 edition of Ptolemy's Liber geographiae (Book of Geography) and the pop-up book Buck Rogers, 25th century, featuring Buddy and Allura in Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship to illustrate how the world has been imagined, seen, and recorded by Europeans and Americans. The second journey explores how scientists have extended our understanding of the world, and includes a 1641 edition of Galileo's Systema cosmicum (System of the world) and a copy of Walden inscribed by Henry David Thoreau to Spencer Baird, then assistant secretary of the newly founded Smithsonian Institution.

The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America
The Gag Family
German-Bohemian Artists in America
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1890434507

Anton Gag arrived in Minnesota from Bohemia about 1879, and founded an artistic dynasty in the German-Bohemian community of New Ulm. L'Enfant (art history, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota) follows his life and that of two of his children, Wanda Hazel (1893-1946), who became a famous chil

Strange but True: A Collection of True Stories from the Files of Fate Magazine
Strange but True
A Collection of True Stories from the Files of Fate Magazine
Paperback      ISBN: 1567182984

Our world is filled with mystery, magic, and the bizarre, making the expression, "truth is stranger than fiction" a phrase that everyone knows. In Strange But True, Corrine Kenner and Craig Miller have selected some of the most amazing true stories from the pages of FATE magazine, and presented them in a way that will startle, thrill, and fill you with a sense of wonder about the universe.

When ordinary people experience the extraordinary, it changes them forever. The reports in Strange But True(over 130 of them) document some of these amazing, life-altering events. You'll get every vivid, uncanny detail from actual witnesses about their eerie encounters with the unknown, such as:

  • Psychic warnings
  • Ghosts, apparitions, and other mysterious creatures of the spirit realm
  • Miraculous healings and remarkable recoveries
  • Incredible coincidences (or are they bursts of synchronicity?)
  • Dreams that foretold the future
  • UFO contacts
  • Cases of reincarnation and visits from the dead
  • Guardian angels

Each one of the stories in Strange But True is sworn to be a factual event, but each one also goes deeper than the physical shock and surprise of the bizarre. The events in Strange But True changed people's lives. Reading about them may help you find a new direction, a new path, and maybe even new hope for your life, too.

Whether you're a true believer, a doubting debunker, or are somewhere in between, Strange But True will definitely delight and amaze you with the nature of the human spirit and the vast potential of experience we all can have. Strange But True is must reading for everyone.