As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kids’ Talk columnist for five years, Peter Mucha answered thousands of questions from schoolchildren.
Some of the most memorable:
- Will a penny dropped off the Empire State Building kill you?
- Why do toilets swirl counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere?
- Did a Munchkin really commit suicide in the Wizard of Oz?
- Why do parents always say, “We’ll see”?
- Is the Great Wall of China really the only manmade object you can see from the moon?
- Why does Road Runner always say, “Beep-beep”?
- Why don’t you fall out when a roller-coaster goes upside-down?
- How many stars are in the universe?
At the end of its run, the Q & A format switched with Peter Mucha asking children questions, and publishing their illustrations. The best ones were collected in a book he edited and designed, Kids Have All the Answers.