Imponderables: they’re everywhere. Why are elections conducted on Tuesdays? Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do? How are cats able to see in the dark? Why don’t movie theatres pop their own popcorn anymore? Which fruits are in Juicy Fruit chewing gum? Why do White Castle hamburger patties have five holes in them? Why are Wendy’s burgers square? Why are green olives packed in jars and ripe olives packed in cans? Why do some Baskin-Robbins stores charge 5 cents more for an ice cream cup than for an ice cream cone? What causes the holes in Swiss cheese? What’s the difference between an introduction, a foreword, and a preface of a book? Why are there two title pages in most books? Why are boys associated with the color blue? Why does an “X” signify a kiss? Why is June the most popular month for weddings? Why do we cry over happy endings? And so many more questions to ask!
David Feldman and Kas Schwan attempt to answer such questions in their book Imponderables: The Solutions to the Mysteries of Everyday Life. They do extensive research to find the solutions to imponderables that seem simple enough, but end up being much more complex than we ever thought.
With the semester coming to an end, we can put those textbooks down and concentrate on something more entertaining and still educational! This is the book that can answer those mysterious questions you may have had for a very long time. It’s a fun read and highly recommended!
- Lora Rosentsveyg