Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison by Hampton Sides
And Other Urgent Inquiries into the Odd Nature of Nature (Outside Books)

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Join longtime Outside editor and contributor Hampton Sides as he rollicks through the fascinating, quirky questions readers ask about the world around them.

Do beavers ever get squashed by the trees they're gnawing down? Why are there so many worms writhing on the sidewalk after a storm? What good are goosebumps? Why do llamas spit? What is the oldest living creature on earth? Focusing on natural history and outdoor lore, this collection ranges from the gothic to the comic to the cosmic. It includes the sorts of questions that most of us stopped asking (at least out loud) when we were eight years old. "The Wild File" is what question-and-answer columns should be but seldom are: an often surprising, sometimes zany, always insightful and informative back-and-forth between a devoted readership and its publication. The result is an enchanting and enriching collection of answers that open windows to more questions.
60 black and white illustrations
 

About Hampton Sides

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Hampton Sides, contributing editor of "Outside" & editor of "The Wild File," is also the author of "Ghost Soldiers". He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Schneider is the coauthor of "Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance" and is one of Canada's most respected music journalists.
 
Published June 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Outside magazine editor Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers) has selected the cream of the crop from the magazine's q&a column ""The Wild File"" which debuted in 1994 to enthusiastic reader response in Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison: And Other Urgent Inquiries into the Odd Nature of Nature.

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