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Why does an "X" stand for a kiss? Which end result are in Juicy Fruit® gum? Why do humans cry at chuffed endings? Why do you by no means see child pigeons? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies those issues and much more in Why do not Cats wish to Swim? -- the unchallenged resource of solutions to civilization's so much confusing questions. a part of the Imponderables® sequence, Feldman's booklet hands readers with information regarding way of life -- from technology, heritage, and politics to activities, tv, and radio -- that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs simply shouldn't have. the place else will you study what makes ladies open their mouths whilst making use of mascara?

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William Berman, of the Society for Pediatric Research, indicated that it couldn’t hurt to sterilize water for washrags used to cleanse mother and baby, whether they are washcloths or ripped-up bed sheets. Actually, it could hurt—if they forget to let the boiled water cool down. Submitted by Scott Morwitz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks also to Jil McIntosh of Oshawa, Ontario; and Dr. John Hardin of Greenfield, Indiana. WHY IS THERE A DOT ON BILLIARDS AND POOL CUE BALLS? You mean you didn’t know that the dot was to cover up the nerve canal of an elephant?

WHY DOES MICKEY MOUSE HAVE FOUR FINGERS? Or more properly, why does Mickey Mouse have three fingers and one thumb on each hand? In fact, why is virtually every cartoon animal beset with two missing digits? Conversations with many cartoonists, animators, and Disney employees confirm what we were at first skeptical about. Mickey Mouse has four fingers because it is convenient for the artists and animators who have drawn him. In the early cartoons, each frame was hand-drawn by an animator—painstaking and tedious work.

4. IDs create clutter. An old broadcasting bromide is that each music set on a radio show should stress one thought. Considering that there are many elements in a radio show—music, talk, promos, ads, weather, contests, jingles—IDs can cause more confusion than enlightenment. Steve Warren, a veteran New York radio personality now heading his own programming consulting company, MOR Media, reminded us that for most of the audience, radio is a secondary medium. Most listeners are doing other things, such as driving cars, sewing, or taking a shower, while listening to the radio.

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