Synopses & Reviews
What happens to recalled meat?
Whats the difference between a serial killer and a spree killer?
How do you stop a lava flow?
Does homeowners insurance cover murder?
And what is Ovaltine anyway?
Answers to these and other fascinating questions you never thought to ask, from the writers at Slate Magazine
An entertaining and genuinely informative compilation of answers to some of life's most improbable questions, from the writers of the online magazine Slate. Often inspired by events in the news, the “Explainer” column asks the questions we never think to ask, or that were too embarrassed to admit we dont know how to answer. Filling in these overlooked blanks of our daily lives, the book provides memorable tidbits for conversations, further rumination, or important context as we follow current events from day to day. Full of fascinating information about unlikely but important subjects, The Explainer will entertain and inform anyone who has ever stopped to wonder who runs Antarctica, how cell phones can reveal your location, or whether one can live off lizard meat.
"If any regular column calls for a compilation, The Explainer is it....[T]he book has its own relentless charm, and the utilitarian premise makes it a winner." Publishers Weekly
"[W]hereas most columns like this one have a lead time of days or weeks, the Explainers only have a matter of hours to come up with a response to what are usually very tough questions. This somehow makes the book more interesting, perhaps even more impressive." Booklist
"The Explainer is a trivia junkie's nirvana that makes the Encyclopedia Britannica look like a kiddie pop-up book." USA Today
Based on a popular feature of the leading online magazine Slate, The Explainer is a quirky, entertaining and informative compilation of answers to some of life's most improbable questions.