Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops

The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives

Harry Oliver - Author

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ISBN 9780399535628 | 240 pages | 05 Jan 2010 | Perigee | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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:

標hether Thomas Crapper really invented the toilet

標hat accident led to the invention of the microwave

標hy it took nearly twenty years for someone to finally decide to slice bread

菱ow laziness resulted in the invention of the dishwasher

標hich discovery made the milkshake possible

標hich king's fancy for his mistress inspired the first elevator

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