Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops: The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives (Paperback)

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Writer and editor Harry Oliver is the author of the forthcoming titles March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles and Black Cats and April Fools.
The fascinating and funny origins of everyday objects-bliss for history hounds, language lovers and trivia buffs.

In this delightful volume, Harry Oliver reveals the most unusual and unexpected stories behind the household necessities, toys, common objects, technological advances, and everyday items we all take for granted. Who hasn't wondered:

?Whether Thomas Crapper really invented the toilet

?What accident led to the invention of the microwave

?Why it took nearly twenty years for someone to finally decide to slice bread

?How laziness resulted in the invention of the dishwasher

?Which discovery made the milkshake possible

?Which king's fancy for his mistress inspired the first elevator



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ISBN 9780399535628
Genre REFERENCE / Trivia
Format Paperback
Pages 223
Publisher Date 2010-01-05 00:00:00.0
Publisher Perigee
Copyright Year 2007
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 4.5 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.35 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Oliver, Harry

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