Adult Books

Read an Excerpt

How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee
And Other Techniques for Surviving the 9-to-5 Jungle

By Matthew Cole

Subject: Humor
paperback | 208 pages | 7 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 5/8
US$12.95 | CAN$13.95
Publication Date: 2011-04-14
ISBN: 9781606522431
This is a survival guide for the 21st century. "Urban bushcraft" wonít help you get out of the woods, but its techniques will help you use contemporary tools to turn your life into a nonstop adventure.

More than just a modern survival guide, this book gives you the means to make your life more interesting. Harnessing the laws of science, nature, and human behavior, author Matthew Cole revisits and humorously reinvents the little tricks and ingenious solutions developed in the past with an updated twist for the 21st century. You,ll learn:

  • How to cook a perfect steamed fish while running your dishwasher
  • Step-by-step instructions for getting to the front of a grocery store line
  • How to screen phone calls using your microwave
  • How far you (and your thumb) are from any object—by knowing this one magic number
  • Why invoking Hannibal Lector will make you feel more powerful at the office
  • Which Valentineís Day treat works as a deodorant in a pinch
  • How to light a fire with a soda can and chocolate bar
  • And finally, how to predict the weather with a cup of coffee: Take a cup of black coffee, drop a lump of sugar to the bottom of the cup, donít stir or disturb the coffee, watch the bubbles rise to the surface. Bubbles in the middle means fine weather, bubbles around the rim, rain or snow and bubbles all over the place, changeable weather.


Trevor Cole is widely considered to be one of Canada's top gardening experts. He studied horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in the UK and was curator of the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa for over 20 years. Cole is the author of many magazine articles on gardening as well as many books. He resides in Ottawa, Canada.