The Last Word

My employer kindly pays for a subscription to New Scientist, which has become my favorite curl-up reading, not least because the Brits seem to have mastered the amusement offered by their native tongue. My favorite bit is the last couple of pages, including the hilarious Feedback and The Last Word.

The latter is a feature in which readers pose questions and then readers write in and answer them. This seems, from a journalist’s perspective, an ideal approach, having one’s readers do all one’s work for one. No doubt a subtle touch is required to pick and choose among both questions and answers, but the results are a delight.

Now they’ve packaged the whole kit (or at least a big lot of the last ten years’ worth) in a book: Does Anything Eat Wasps? Why do people have eyebrows?