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Have Your Poo Rolled Away by Dung Beetles: And 99 Other Things to Do Before You Die    by New Scientist order for
Have Your Poo Rolled Away by Dung Beetles
by New Scientist
Order:  USA  Can
Anansi, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In 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 New Scientist magazine editors) as 'opportunities to put on scientific spectacles and see details in your everyday world that have been hidden from view.'

Suggested 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'.

Though 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 New Scientist - they just might end up in the sequel.

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