Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind everyday items, expressions, and customs--from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls to honeymoons.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 13, Mary JL rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. A good blend of history and speculation. The author sorts by various criteria--origins of superstitions; holidays; customs; inventions and much more! Many people might just dip into this type of book just looking for certain infomration--but I read it entirely and found the writing well well organized and fun.
The illustrations from older books reprinted here I found added much to my please.
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Of course, A good blend of history and speculation. Of course, with so much informationb I cannot recall everything nor do I plant to. I just wanted to pick up some neat and interesting facts about history--and this book succeded in that. Of course, some of the history might be debated--especially back in the times of the ancient world. The author does point out that these are the best estimates available at time of writing.
Highly recommended for anyone interest is history; popular culture; word origins; and origins of many of our customs and inventions.
Apr 01, Andrew rated it really liked it. I will start by saying this is a tricky one not only to read but also to rate. Its a great book don't get me wrong - its just the classic dip in dip out type where you want to read it a bit at a time - all in one go and you may lose the will to read again. Its packed full of facts and interesting details just thats its problem - there are too many with too much information - hence why i struggle to choose the right rating for it.
Some of the details are brilliant and i honestly was surprised oth I will start by saying this is a tricky one not only to read but also to rate. Some of the details are brilliant and i honestly was surprised others were - ok not sure that will really impress me but i have read it now. Therefore i would say its an interesting read - and if like me you see it on your travels go out and get it - but there are other better more fascinating books like this.
In short this is the sort of book you could have easily seen serialised in a magazine as much as having it collected in to quite a weighty book. View 1 comment. Nov 12, Andreea Lucau rated it really liked it.
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I love finding out where do things and words come from and this book is an excellent source of both. Here are some examples: - hamburgers originate from Russia - the term 'lens' originates from the Italian lentils the vegetable - because they have the same shape - pretzels originated in medieval Italy My only con about this book is that is written by and American for Americans so I missed some of the references - for example there is a whole chapter about nursery rimes that I couldn't relate to.
Jul 29, Cambria added it. I bought it. Ever wonder why their called 'bobby pins' or why do celebrate certain holidays, or where the kitchen stove idea came from?
This book is the history behind the many, many things we use everyday. I found it really interesting. Check it out! Jul 17, Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , reviewed. I wonder about the authenticity of some entries, but it's undeniably a fun and interesting read.
Aug 03, Cathie rated it liked it Shelves: reads , non-fiction , august. Some interesting historical facts about items, rituals, celebrations and language we use in our lives today. Description For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the foremost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of the everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating discovery stories behind over phenomena, including: -How chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber.
The author Charles Panati is an industrial physicist, former college professor, and for many years was the science editor of Newsweek. Reader reviews. Specs Format: Hardback , Pages.
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