Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops

Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops

The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives

Format
Paperback
Price
$12.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780399535628
  • 240 Pages
  • TarcherPerigee
  • Adult

Overview

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
Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops

Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops

Harry Oliver

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