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Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do [NOOK Book]

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If you're struggling in the modern world, or you just want to increase your repertoire of timeword life skills, what better place to look for inspiration than the past? It's easy to believe that we have all the answers, but there's a whole heap of stuff we have forgotten that folks from days gone by actually knew how to do.

You'll be captivated by the ancient tips, careworn...
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Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do

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Overview

If you're struggling in the modern world, or you just want to increase your repertoire of timeword life skills, what better place to look for inspiration than the past? It's easy to believe that we have all the answers, but there's a whole heap of stuff we have forgotten that folks from days gone by actually knew how to do.

You'll be captivated by the ancient tips, careworn advice, and bygone suggestions inside this book. Step-by-step instructions introduce you to 101 of the most important things we don't know how to do anymore.

In no time you'll be able to fight with a rapier and dagger, thatch a roof, plow a field, wear a Roman toga, lay siege to a castle, pluck a chicken, hurl a battleax, make fire without matches, embalm a body, and use heaps of other know-how from the days of yore.

Never again will you be daunted by a hula hoop, a cow that needs milking, or a challenge to pistols at dawn. And you won't believe how you ever managed without knowing how to make a pair of shoes, keep your horse well groomed, live off the land, and pan for gold.

So what are you waiting for? There's no time like the present for traveling back to the past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140172
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK PagePerfect
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 630,862
  • File size: 18 MB
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Table of Contents


How to...
Use A Bow And Arrow     8
Load And Fire A Musket     10
Duel With Pistols     12
Joust     14
Throw A Battleax     16
Forge A Sword     18
Fight With A Rapier And Dagger     20
Besiege A Castle     22
Defend A Castle     24
Make And Smoke A Peace Pipe     26
Make A Flint Cutting Tool     28
Brew Mead     30
Make Bread     32
Roast Chestnuts On An Open Fire     34
Make Hard Cheese     36
Make Butter     38
Make Ice Cream     40
Keep Bees And Harvest Honey     42
Tap And Make Maple Syrup     44
Find Berries In The Wild     46
Can Food     48
Archery Fish     50
Gut And Clean Fish     51
Keep Chickens     52
Pluck A Chicken     54
Roast A Wild Boar     56
Cook On A Range     57
Dig And Use A Pit Oven     58
Make A Fire Without Matches     60
Track Animals     62
Forecast The Weather     64
Tease, Card, & Spin Wool     66
Make Natural Dye From Plants     68
Weave A Chair Seat     70
Weave A Basket     72
Make Soap     74
Make A Broom     76
Sweep A Chimney     78
Chop Down A Tree With An Ax     80
Carve A Totem Pole     82
Carve A Canoe     84
Make A Barrel     86
Thatch A Roof     88
Build A Wall With Wattle And Daub     90
Build A Dry Stone Wall     92
Dig A Well     94
Plow A Field     96
Build A Log Bridge     97
Build A Log Cabin     98
Build A Pyramid     100
Embalm A Body     102
Treat A Battle Wound     104
Set Broken Bones     106
Groom A Horse     108
Shoe A Horse     110
Mount And Dismount A Horse     112
Make And Throw A Lasso     114
Milk A Cow     116
Hunt Deer Safely In Woodlands     117
Mount A Stag's Head     118
Shear A Sheep     120
Care For Rope     122
Tie A Hangman's Noose     124
Read Roman Numerals      125
Use An Abacus     126
Operate A Telegraph Machine     128
Send Smoke Signals     130
Cure People With Leeches And Maggots     131
Read Palms     133
Behave At A Medieval Banquet     136
Read A Coat Of Arms     138
Address Royalty     140
Grow Herbs     142
Use Herbs In Your Personal Grooming     144
Care For Leather Boots     146
Wear Opera Gloves     148
Wear A Roman Toga     149
Wash Clothes By Hand     150
Care For Your Period Wig     151
Play Hopscotch     152
Play Jacks     154
Use A Hula Hoop     156
Play Marbles     157
Play Real Tennis     158
Play Stickball     160
Make A Pair Of Shoes     162
Make A Hammock     164
Make A Quill Pen     166
Make Papyrus     167
Write A Sonnet     168
Write Calligraphy     170
Understand Opera     172
Make A Corn-Husk Doll     174
Make And Play A Didgeridoo     176
Ride A Penny-Farthing      178
Make A Cave Painting     180
Make A Roman Mosaic     182
Pan For Gold     184
Clean And Polish Silver     186
Blow Glass     188
Make A Stained-Glass Window     190
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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    "Back in the Day" is just delightful. Some of the dir

    "Back in the Day" is just delightful. Some of the directions are just for fun for most of us city folks, but others
    like bread making are great! I wish I had had a copy when my children were little. Anyone delving into the 101 topics will find something of interest! Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Not what I expected!!!

    This book is more for a man or a young boy!!! I am not trying to be sexist I have read the first few chapters and its all about how to use weaponary. I am going to continue to read on however, because I may find something to interest me. The facts and writing style are good and if you like the topics I would reccommend purchase.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    What Fun

    I don't know that I could use it on a desert island, but it would come in handy on a farm, in the woods, or 90 years ago, or for a dozen different scenarios...some things I already knew how to do (surprised the heck out of me!). It was a lot of fun to read.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    This book is a great conversation starter!

    I got this book as a "pass along" gift for the guys in my family. My 80-year-old dad had it for a few weeks, passed it to one brother, who passed it along to another, and along to the grandsons and nieces and nephews. It has added a great deal to family conversations about the technological changes over the last 100 years and how common knowledge has changed from one generation to the next.<BR/><BR/>This is a book you won't read from cover to cover, but pick up off the table and read a few pages, and discuss for days after with friends and family. Fascinating information!

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