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

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    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 necessi......more

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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



Writer and editor Harry Oliver is the author of the forthcoming titles March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles and Black Cats and April Fools.

Author:
Oliver, Harry
Genre:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
223
Language:
English
Publisher:
Perigee
Publish Date:
01/05/2010
Copyright Year:
2007
ISBN:
9780399535628
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
4.5 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.35 lb
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