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									Do Elephants Jump?
Imponderables®

Author: David Feldman
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Every day, we are confronted with innumerable small mysteries that puzzle and confound. Why do pianos
have 88 keys? Why is peanut butter sticky? And do elephants jump? Now David Feldman returns with his
tenth Imponderables® book to answer these and 100 other perplexing questions about food, popular
culture, the human body, science, and more. Like the other books in the Imponderables® series, Do
Elephants Jump? answers questions sent in by Dave's vast, and inquisitive, readership. For the
painstakingly researched answers, Dave turns to his national network of experts in everything from fishing
to astronomy to plastics, not to mention his millions and millions of readers who are eager to supply him
with tidbits about even the most obscure phenomena. And since it's presented with Dave's trademark
humor, you will be learning and laughing in equal measure.This tenth book in the series is complete with
an indispensable master index to all ten of the Imponderables® books, and charming illustrations by
longtime collaborator Kassie Schwan. With well over two million copies of Imponderables® in print, Do
Elephants Jump? is sure to be the biggest hit yet. Join Dave Feldman as he strikes another blow against
Imponderability.
Excerpt

The classic western features a lone hero entering a new town and facing a villain who threatens the
peacefulness of a dusty burg. The Lone Ranger, on the other hand, came with a rather important backup,
Tonto. Leaving aside questions of political correctness or racism, calling the masked man the Lone
Ranger is a little like calling Simon and Garfunkel a Paul Simon solo act.Before we get to the "Lone" part
of the equation, our hero actually was a ranger, in fact, a Texas Ranger. The Lone Ranger started as a
radio show, first broadcast out of Detroit in 1933, created by George Trendle, and written by Fran Striker.
The first episode established that circa 1850, the Lone Ranger was one of six Texas Rangers who were
trying to tame the vicious Cavendish Gang. Unfortunately, the bad guys ambushed the Rangers, and all of
the Lone Ranger's comrades were killed. The Lone Ranger himself was left for dead. Among the
vanquished was the Lone Ranger's older brother, Dan.So for a few moments, long enough to give him his
name, the Lone Ranger really was by himself. He was the lone surviving Ranger, even if he happened to
be unconscious at the time. Tonto stumbled upon the fallen hero and, while nursing him back to health,
noticed that the Ranger was wearing a necklace that Tonto had given him as a child. Many moons before,
the Lone Ranger (who in subsequent retellings of the story we learn was named John Reid) saved Tonto's
life! Tonto had bestowed the necklace on his blood brother as a gift.When Reid regained his bearings, the
two vowed to wreak revenge upon the Cavendish Gang and to continue"making the West a decent place
to live." Reid and Tonto dug six graves at the ambush site to make everyone believe that Reid had
perished with the others, and to hide his identity, the Lone Ranger donned a black mask, made from the
vest his brother was wearing at the massacre. Like Jimmy Olsen with Superman, Tonto was the only
human privy to the Lone Ranger's secret.Not that the Lone Ranger didn't solicit help from others. It isn't
easy being a Ranger, let alone a lone one, without a horse. As was his wont, Reid stumbled onto good
luck. He and Tonto saved a brave stallion from being gored by a buffalo, and nursed him back to health
(the first episode of The Lone Ranger featured almost as much medical aid as fighting). Although they
released the horse when it regained its health, the stallion followed them and, of course, that horse was
Silver, soon to be another faithful companion to L.R.And would a lonely lone Ranger really have his own,
personal munitions supplier? John Reid did. The Lone Ranger and Tonto met a man who the Cavendish
Gang tried to frame for the Texas Ranger murders. Sure of his innocence, the Lone Ranger put him in the
silver mine that he and his slain brother owned, and turned it into a "silver bullet" factory.Eventually,
during the run of the radio show, which lasted from 1933 to 1954, the duo vanquished the Cavendish
Gang, but the Lone Ranger and Tonto knew when they found a good gig. They decided to keep the Lone
Ranger's true identity secret, to keep those silver bul-lets flowing, and best of all, to bounce into television
in 1949 for a nine-year run on ABC and decades more in syndication.The Lone Ranger was also featured
in movie serials, feature movies, and comic books, and the hero's origins mutated slightly or weren't
mentioned at all. But the radio show actually reran the premiere episode periodically, so listeners in the
1930s probably weren't as baffled about why a law enforcer with a faithful companion, a fulltime munitions
supplier, and a horse...
Author Bio
David Feldman
David Feldman is the author of twelve books, including the Imponderables® series—Why Do Clocks Run
Clockwise?, When Do Fish Sleep?, Do Penguins Have Knees?, and others— as well as Who Put the
Butter in Butterfly? And How to Win at Just About Everything. He has a master’s degree in popular
culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and consults and lectures on the media. He lives in
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