Have Your Poo Rolled Away by Dung Beetles: And 99 Other Things to Do Before You Die
Anansi, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n his Introduction to
Have Your Poo Rolled Away by Dung Beetles: and 99 Other Things To Do Before You Die (Plus a Few to Do Afterwards)
, Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio One's award-winning
Quirks and Quarks
, encourages readers to '
try a novel activity that opens your eyes to the wonders of the world around you.
' He suggests the 100 activities in the book (handpicked by
magazine editors) as '
opportunities to put on scientific spectacles and see details in your everyday world that have been hidden from view.
uggested activities for the living (there are a few suggestions for afterwards as well) range from '
Swim in a bioluminescent bay
' (off Puerto Rico) to '
Have a species named after you
' (find a new one or befriend a taxonomist). The dung beetle activity requires desert, and may already have happened to me - guess I should have hung around longer to catch the bug in the act. I've done a few others here like participation in SETI@home (search for extraterrestrial intelligence), snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and visiting impact craters. '
Be a gecko
' appeals strongly to me (can't wait for the technology to mature), and I have to try '
Measure the speed of light with chocolate
hough I've always been interested in new experiences, and already have a
to do before I die
list, I found many new and intriguing ideas (including the title suggestion) in this little book, which I recommend as a great gift for anyone with the nerd gene. At the back is a suggestion to send in your own ideas to
- they just might end up in the sequel.
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