Academic journal article et Cetera

Do Fish Drink Water?

Academic journal article et Cetera

Do Fish Drink Water?

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Bill McLain. Do Fish Drink Water? New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Bill McLain, in his capacity as the official webmaster for Xerox, receives lots of questions from the general public about all sorts of things. And many of these questions, and McLain's researched responses to them, can be found in Do Fish Drink Water?, a most amusing and edifying assortment of factual information.

The following is a brief sampling of some of the questions and (abbreviated) answers that are contained in the book.

Question #1 - Does the government still print $2 bills?

Answer - Yes. United States' bills are currently available in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.

Question #2 - How many colors of M&Ms are there?

Answer - A typical box of M&Ms includes six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown. However, there are currently 21 different colors available.

Question #3 - What is the lowest point on earth?

Answer - The lowest point on land is the shoreline of the Dead Sea in Israel, which is 1,300 feet below sea level.

Question #4 - Where does the term "dark horse" come from?

Answer - The expression originated in England in 1831 in a book by Benjamin Disraeli. He said, "A dark horse, which had not been thought of, rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph."

Question #5 - What is the first typewritten manuscript of a novel sub-- mitted to a publisher?

Answer - In 1874 Mark Twain purchased a Remington typewriter and was the first author to submit a typewritten manuscript to a publisher. …

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