Big Questions – If A Cow Didn’t Fart For A Whole Year And Then Did One Big Fart, Would It Fly Into Space?


Big Questions From Little People and Simple Answers From Great Minds was the most popular book over our family’s Christmas Vacation.

The folks at brain pickings have a great review of this book and cover many adult focused topics. For example, they cover Alain de Botton’s exploration of dreams, Richard Dawkins on evolution and cousin marriages, David Eagleman on why we can’t tickle ourselves ( I liked this one a lot ), and more adult-ish topics likes stars and love.

This is a book of kids questions and I was wondering, “Where are the goofy questions?” I was glad to find a goofy gem on page 241 “If A Cow Didn’t Fart For A Whole Year And Then Did One Big Fart, Would It Fly Into Space?” The answer by Mary Roach is fantastic. She talks to Ed DePeters of UC Davis to calculate how much methane it produces. Then she talks to rocket scientist Ray Arons to determine how high it would fly. I’m not giving away the answer.

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