How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof? Does beheading hurt? If I had to save myself by surfing down a molten lava flow, what would I be able to stand on that wouldn't melt from the heat of the lava?
These are only a few of the startling, bizarre and downright fascinating questions that people have come up. Taken from New Scientist's 'The Last Word' column and answered by a team of researchers, this collection of trivia on bodies, plants, animals, universe, planets, weather, transportation and more is sure to keep you engrossed until the final chapter. 211 pages, indexed.