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    Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in theWashington Post, Publishers Weekly, People magazine, and other publications.

    John Thompson is the author and co-author of more than a dozen books including Dakotas, America’s Historic Trails, and National Geographic Almanac of American History.
    Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stickand presto! The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history.

    From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An Uncommon History of Common Things features hundreds of colorful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just about every subject under the sun. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters, and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the Dark Ages? Or that ancient soldiers baked a kind of pizza on their shieldswhen they weren’t busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

    Every page of this quirky compendium catalogs something fascinating, surprising, or serendipitous. A lively, incomparably browsable read for history buffs, pop culture lovers, and anyone who relishes the odd and extraordinary details hidden in the everyday, it will inform, amuse, astonishand alter the way you think about the clever creatures we call humans.

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    ISBN 9781426204203
    Genre REFERENCE / Trivia
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 303
    Publisher Date 2009-11-17 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Natl Geographic Society
    Copyright Year 2009
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 7.75 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 2.45 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Patrick, Bethanne
    Country of Origin United States

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      I loved this book. It's filled with all sorts of interesting facts on how things got invented, what were the origin of things etc. I highly recommend it.

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