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"Does Anything Eat Wasps?," New Scientist

I grabbed this before a flight at the local book store, as I am a fan of New Scientist magazine and their podcasts. The title threw me for a loop, but the book is essentially a collection of "Last Word" questions, whereby readers ask science questions such as, "Why is earwax yellow," or, "Are green potato chips really toxic," and other readers (usually SMEs) answer. At first I thought it would be simply funny, but you know, after reading through them all, I have to say this is one of the finest pieces of edutainment I have read in the last ten years.

The book is great for reading while waiting in the car or plane, as most of the Q&As are short enough that you can read them in under ten minutes. The bottom line is that the book is so wonderful, no bookshelf should be without it. I promise you will laugh, learn, and find it nigh impossible to not run to the next person you see and start a sentence with, "Did you know...."