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A walk around the block : stoplight secrets, mischievous squirrels, manhole mysteries & other stuff you see every day (and know nothing about) / Spike Carlsen.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Town of Plymouth.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Pease Public Library 031.02 CARLSEN 34598000873342 New Books Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062954756
  • ISBN: 006295475X
  • ISBN: 9780062954763
  • ISBN: 0062954768
  • Physical Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2020

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-328).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Part 1. Incoming -- Part 2. Outgoing -- Part 3. Surfaces -- Part 4. Nature -- Part 5. Sign, lines & lights.
Summary, etc.:
"On his regular walk one morning, Spike Carlsen realized there was an entire world outside his front door that he knew nothing about. How does that fire hydrant work, he wondered? Why are street lights shining more brightly than ever before? And, on a more personal level, why does an easy stroll around the neighborhood always leave him feeling more creative and spry, better able to take on the day? A simple walk around the block set Carlsen off on an investigative journey to discover everything he could about every thing we take for granted in our everyday life, from manhole covers and recycling bins to pedestrian crossings and bike lanes. Leading readers on a spirited adventure through his hometown, and other environs, Carlsen explains with wit and erudition the engineering marvels, unheralded utilities, and secret economic and health benefits hiding in plain sight. Like how the addition of a front porch reduces crime and increases property value. And how planting a $10 boulevard tree cuts air-conditioning costs by 20 percent, while generating approximately $30,000 worth of oxygen and $31,000 worth of erosion control. Or how a simple walk, in addition to reduce your chances of a stroke (20 percent), cardiovascular disease (30 percent), and broken bones (40 percent), can increase creativity by 60 percent. Engaging, entertaining, and informative, A Walk Around the Block is a narrative celebration of all the seemingly random stuff we encounter at any given moment"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Curiosities and wonders.
Material culture > Miscellanea.
Recreation > Miscellanea.
Inventions > Miscellanea.
Questions and answers.
Genre: Trivia and miscellanea.

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