Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things Paperback – Oct 17 1989
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How were Band-Aids invented? When toilet paper was first invented, why did so few people buy it? Who invented the razor blade, or ready-mixed paint? When were toilets invented? How were false teeth made during the civil war? What commonly available fluid did people use to brush their teeth?
Ever wonder where the expression "give the cold shoulder" came from? The custom of shaking hands? All of these mysteries and hundreds more are masterfully revealed by Panati.
I love to read a few passages before bed -- that's the beauty of this book. You can pick it up and put it down over and over again.
Well written, thoroughly researched, and told with wit and economy, this book is a great read for anyone with a curiousity about life, culture and civilization.
facts, then Charles Panati's
Extraordinary Origins of
Everyday Things, is the perfect
book. I have read other trivia books and I can say without
hesitation that Mr. Panati produces the best of the genre.
Many trivia books list a dry and uninspired fact sheet.
Panati, however, avoids this common pitfall and instead
entertains us with unusual and well researched trivia about
the history or origin of many everyday items and customs.
His books are formatted into logical chapter groupings
that easily flow from one topic to another. The book
is a pleasure to read and it teaches you in a pain free
style, answering questions that until now you couldn't find
answers for! Panati's words will both enlighten and
THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE ALSO AWESOME AND PRICELESS!!!!20 STARS TO MR PANATI`S BOOKS!!!!! ;))
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I have bought this book 3 times in many years and lose it to friends. It is educational and fun to pop out the origins when at work and someone is wondering where something came... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Charles L. Mccoy
Great for bedtime reading........full of interesting facts. Panati does a great job. When relatives stay, they love to read it. Check it out! I recommend it.Published on Nov. 11 2000 by Dennis C. Hildebrand
This is one of the best books for people who want to know more about everything out there. Potato chips, Blubeard, Valentines Day. This book talks about it all, its worth it.Published on Feb. 28 2000
When I use this book in school or university people always marvel ask where I got such unique informationPublished on Feb. 5 1999