A humorous and informative book, debunking a range of commonly held myths about animals.
Camels store water in their humps and magpies love to steal shiny objects. Or do they? A must-read in the Everything you Know series, Everything You Know About Animals is Wrong debunks a range of old-cod stories about animals in author Matt Brown's inimitable humorous and fascinating style.
Covering everything from the myth that lemmings throw themselves off cliffs in suicide (they don't, but on occasion some just fall off) to the one about bats being blind (they're not, and they can see but use the more sophisticated echolocation for certain hunting). From head in the sand ostriches to cats landing on their feet, a wealth of information on our beloved pets to creepy crawlies and wild giants, Everything You Know About Animals is Wrong will set the marvel of the animal word straight. Plus, there are special features on the odd diets of animals and how wrongly they are portrayed in the movies.
All the old stories and myths about animals we've had since childhood are gleefully debunked in a hugely entertaining book.
Matt Brown holds degrees in Chemistry (BSc) and Biomolecular Science (MRes). He has served as a scientific editor and writer at both Reed Elsevier and Nature Publishing Group, and has contributed to several previous science books. He served as the Royal Institution's quizmaster for several years, and has also put on science quizzes for the Royal Society, Manchester Science Museum, STEMPRA and the Hunterian Museum. With comedian Helen Keen, he co-hosted a series of successful 'Spacetacular!' science-themed stage shows, culminating in a sell-out 2013 show at Leicester Square Theatre. Matt is also the author of Everything You Know About Science is Wrong and Everything You Know About Space is Wrong (also from Batsford). He also serves as Editor-at-Large of Londonist.com.