Authors: David Feldman
Why were Athos, Porthos, and Aramis called The Three Musketeers when they fought with swords rather than muskets?
Why are the Notre Dame sports teams called “The Fighting Irish” when the school was founded by French Catholics?
In movies and television dramas, what is the purpose of boiling water when babies are delivered at home?
Why do place kickers and field-goal kickers get yardage credit from where the ball is kicked and yet punters only get credit from the line of scrimmage?
How do figure skaters keep from getting dizzy while spinning? Is it possible to eye a fixed point while spinning so fast?
What is the emblem on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ helmets? And is there any particular reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only NFL team to have their logo on only one side of their helmets?
Why do hockey goalies sometimes bang their sticks on the ice while the puck is on the other end of the rink?
Why do magazine and newspaper editors force you to skip pages to continue an article at the back of the magazine/newspaper?
How do football officials measure first down yardage with chains, especially when they go on field to confirm first downs?
Why are the uniforms of professional Japanese baseball players printed in English letters and Arabic numbers?
When running into the dugout from his defensive position, why is the first baseman thrown a baseball from the dugout?
ll of us are afflicted by mysteries of everyday life that drive us nuts. I’ve devoted the last twenty years of my life to writing books that attempt to eradicate this plague. In the ten
books, a mystery about sports (Why does a football have such a crazy shape?) is likely to be next to one about animals (Why don’t we ever see baby pigeons?) or business (Why are grocery coupons worth 1/100 of a cent, and does anyone ever really redeem them?).
The good folks at Collins suggested lumping all the previously published sports and games Imponderables together for this Gem edition, and as a sports fan (OK, fanatic), I jumped at the chance. With a few exceptions, the text is unchanged from the original editions; in a few cases, we updated material that would have otherwise been confusing or outdated.
Almost all the questions in this book came from readers. Besides the release of psychic stress, the first to pose each mystery received a free, autographed copy of the book. Do you have any Imponderables hounding you, about sports or any other subject? You can be rewarded, too. Come join us on the Web at www.imponderables.com, e-mail us at [email protected], or if you must resort to the Imponderable institution known as the United States Postal System, write to us at:
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