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Authors: David Feldman
Illustrated by Kassie Schwan
This book is dedicated to
readers, especially these five, who represent the contributions of tens of thousands:
Susan Sherman Smith, who died tragically in a fire in 2004, was the first person to contribute an Imponderable used in a book, and it’s my all-time favorite: “Why Do Women Open Their Mouths When Applying Mascara?”
Joanna Parker started writing warm, witty, and supportive letters from day one. Her mail is still cherished, even if it no longer comes encased in pink envelopes.
Douglas Watkins, Jr. has sent in by far the most Imponderables of any reader, every one of them handwritten. As usual, he earned a free copy of this book.
Ken Giesbers is the decathlete of Imponderables, often finding errors in the Letters section, but also contributing Imponderables, commenting on Frustables, and acting as a source about airplanes.
Bill Gerk, king of the Frustables, died at the age of seventy-five in 2004. After each
book was published, Bill took it upon himself to research every Frustable. He would send several envelopes full of at least thirty to fifty pages of musings, ranging from hard research to imaginative stabs in the dark. His humor and never-ending curiosity were an inspiration, and in the true spirit of
Why Is the Pitcher’s Mound Elevated on a Baseball Diamond? And Come to Think of It, Why Is There a Pitcher’s Mound in the First Place?
What Accounts for the Different Shapes of Cheeses? Why Is Cheddar Rectangular While Brie and Provolone Are Round?
Why Do Books, Legal and Financial Documents, Manuals, Pamphlets, Musical Scores, and Standardized Tests Sometimes Have Pages That Say: “This Page Intentionally Left Blank”?
Is There Any Logic to the Pattern of Train Whistles? Why Do You Often Hear a Signal of Long-Long-Short-Long?
In Track Events with Staggered Starts, Why Do the Outside Runners Cut to the Inside Immediately Rather Than a More Gradual, Straight Line?
How Did They Mark Years Before the Birth of Christ? And How Did They Mark Years in Non-Christian Civilizations?
Why Are There More Windows Than Rows in Commercial Airlines? Why Aren’t the Windows Aligned with the Rows of Seats?
Do Real Artists Line Up the Object To Be Painted by Putting Up the Thumb of Their Outstretched Arm? If So, Why?
Why Does Water Vapor in the Sky Clump into Clouds Instead of Diffusing Evenly Throughout the Atmosphere?
How Does the Hair on Your Head and Chin Know To Grow Long, But the Hair on Your Eyebrows or Arms Stays Short?
Why Do They Use Sterilized Needles for Lethal Injections to Prisoners? Why Do They Use Rubbing Alcohol on Their Arms?
If You Can Answer the Questions in Your Book, Shouldn’t They Be Called “Ponderables” Instead of “Imponderables”?