McLain, Bill Do Fish Drink Water? (Collins)

ISBN 13: 9780007240494

Do Fish Drink Water? (Collins)

 
9780007240494: Do Fish Drink Water? (Collins)

Have you ever wondered why cats purr or whether it can really rain frogs? Bill McLain answers and expands upon these problems, leaving you knowing much more than just a simple answer to the puzzling and improbable questions that he was asked when webmaster for a major website.

Spanning the spectrum from useful to bizarre to downright comical, the questions range from animal and human behaviour to geography and medicine. As the official Webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was responsible for handling all mail from Xerox’s external web site. However, he was quickly surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, questions like whether people born blind can see in their dreams, where the lowest point on Earth is, and why rabbits are associated with Easter.

McLain began to answer each and every question he received. The result – collected in Do Fish Drink Water? – is a surprising, funny, and informative collection of facts. McLain’s answers – often as wild as the questions – prompt entertaining anecdotes about where he found them, and how he’s played a role in inventions, long-delayed reunions, and even a marriage or two. He also provides an extensive list of web sites where he conducts research, offering an informative guide to making the most of the Internet.

As for the title question, although fish do drink water, their primary method of obtaining fresh water is through osmosis. The water seeps into their body through tiny holes in their skin.

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Kirkus Reviews
A fun, fact-filled snack for the terminally informed. Who would ask or answer a question like, ‘Do people who were born blind ever dream?’ The answer is a Webmaster at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. And yes, blind people hear and feel in their dreams. McLain provides intriguing questions and answers along with subsections like Did You Know?, Factoids, and references to Web sites and Internet resources for further information (including Santa;s e-mail address). The many diverse facts are enlivened by the author’s wit. If going to the beach this August and being out of touch with our information overload makes you feel like a fish out of water, then this is the book to take along.
San Francisco Chronicle
A veritable Internet legend known for having all the answers.
San Jose Mercury News
The legions who have dropped him a line have dubbed McLain… Prophet, Answer Dude, Webmeister, Guru of Locating Unusual Information.

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