21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and by Steve Stack

By Steve Stack

A fond farewell to the various inanimate gadgets, cultural icons and basic stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of exctinction.

There are many millions of endangered species in the world. in case you comprise animals, bugs and vegetation then approximately three species develop into extinct each hour of each day. That's nearly 27,000 a yr. each this sort of is, after all, a tragedy yet, let's be sincere, we haven't relatively spotted. whilst the final Bolivian centipede pops his hundred clogs it really is unhappy yet makes bugger all distinction to our day-by-day lives. So this ebook isn't approximately them. Steve Stack in its place investigates the numerous inanimate gadgets, the unsung cultural icons of society, which don't characteristic on any endangered checklist, don't have humans elevating cash on road corners on their behalf, don't function in documentaries narrated by means of David Attenborough, yet are only as more likely to turn into extinct. Many have already got. Coke can ring pulls, mobile packing containers, VHS, cassette tapes, village submit places of work, the try out card, hand-written letters, Spangles, vintage television tube advertisements of yesteryear, Whizzer & Chips - all of those and plenty of many extra are bid a fond farewell during this affectionate, yet a bit irreverent tribute.

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That's because a crystal is a repeating arrangement of tiny particles of matter. Often, a cen~ tral particle is surrounded on all sides by other parti~ 60 .. - - - des. Here's a puzzle that will help you visualize a crystal pattern. Suppose you coat a tennis ball with glue. What is the maximum number of tennis balls that can attach directly to this sticky surface? Answer on page 92 Testy Target ••• Ten arrows are shot at the target below. One of them misses the target completely. The others all strike it.

When Coin A reaches the opposite side of Coin B, stop. In which direction will Coin Ns head be facing? Now, let's suppose that Coin A rolls completely around Coin B. If so, how many rotations does Coin A make around its own center? Answers on page 81. Painting on the Side ...... You are presented with several white cubes and a bucket of red paint. To make each of them different, you decide to paint one or more sides of each cube red. How many distinguishable cubes can you make with this painting method?

Just try these next ones. 63 Examine the two stacks of number blocks. If you exchange one block from one column with one block from the other, the number of their sums will be equal. Which blocks need to be exchanged? 1 5 9 14 4 12 7 8 N ow that you know how to balance two columns, you're ready to move up to three columns! By exchanging one block from each column, each of the three blocks' sums will be equal. Remember that all three columns must undergo only on~ exchange. 7 1 2 6 10 12 3 2 17 Answers on pages 93-94.

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