Einstein's Refrigerator: And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History [NOOK Book]

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Steve Silverman was looking for a way to add some spice to his high school lectures when he realized that weird and bizarre true-life stories would capture his students' attention. In fact, they worked so well that the science teacher then began posting his discoveries to his own Web site, which he dubbed Useless Information. Well-researched and clearly sourced, Silverman's unusual tidbits have gained a wide following.

In Einstein's Refrigerator, Silverman collects more than 30 ...

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Overview

Steve Silverman was looking for a way to add some spice to his high school lectures when he realized that weird and bizarre true-life stories would capture his students' attention. In fact, they worked so well that the science teacher then began posting his discoveries to his own Web site, which he dubbed Useless Information. Well-researched and clearly sourced, Silverman's unusual tidbits have gained a wide following.

In Einstein's Refrigerator, Silverman collects more than 30 of the most fascinating stories he has gathered--tales of forgotten genius, great blunders, and incredible feats of survival, as well as answers to puzzling questions.

Einstein's Refrigerator is a remarkable book with spellbinding stories. Whatever happened to the refrigerator Einstein helped invent? While it never became a commercial success, its underlying concepts became the basis for cooling nuclear breeder reactors.

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KLIATT
Want some useless information? Log onto www.uselessinformation.org, a Yahoo! Site of the Week. Here is a collection of bizarre true stories used by Steve Silverman, who teaches earth science, physics, and computer science at Chatham High School in New York. He found that students became curious and excited about science and history when reading about Mike the headless chicken (photo provided), John Hanson (the first President of the United States), Joshua Norton (our first and only emperor), Hedy Lamarr (actress and inventor), and Joseph Pujol, who made a living passing gas. He imitated voices, sound effects, and even played musical scores. Silverman's collection is fun and informative and useless. It is sure to be a hit. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Andrews McMeel, 183p., $9.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Janet Julian; English Teacher, Retired, Grafton H.S., Grafton, M , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740789441
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 482,413
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Silverman teaches earth science, physics, and computer science at Chatham High School near Albany, N.Y. An inventor with more than 100 inventions to his credit, Steve also maintains a Web site, Useless Information (www.uselessinformation.org), has won numerous awards, including Yahoo's Site of the Week.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 You've got to be kidding! 1
Mike, the Headless Chicken: He really was a chicken running around with his head cut off 3
Fartman: You can really earn a living releasing foul-smelling gas! 7
The Collyer Brothers: But where was Langley? 10
Michael Malloy: Possibly history's most bizarre murder scheme 16
The Rooster Booster: The feathers will be flying! 24
Ballooning: Up, up, and away in my beautiful lawn chair 28
Part 2 oops! 33
The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy: History's stickiest disaster 35
Citicorp Tower: Watch out for the Leaning Tower of Citibank 38
The Lake Peigneur Disaster: And away goes the lake down the drain! 45
The Rainman: Don't wish for too much of a good thing 49
Part 3 Inventive genius 55
Kitty Litter: What's the scoop? 57
Einstein's Refrigerator: He really did design modern iceboxes 60
The Foot Thingy: Whatchamacallit? 64
America's First Subway: It was one big secret 67
Vaseline: It's yummy for your tummy! 75
Hedy Lamarr: Not exactly your typical nerdy inventor with a pocket protector 78
The Zipper: Hey! Your fly is open! 85
Nikola Tesla: He makes Thomas Edison look like a dummy 91
Part 4 hmmm 99
George Washington: He was really the ninth president of the United States! 101
Emperor Norton 1: The U.S.A.'s first and only emperor 105
Pennies for College: A college education for just pennies 110
Fu-Go: The strangest weapon of World War II 113
Bat Bombs: The other top-secret weapon 119
Part 5 Incredible stories of survival 125
The Titanic: The curse of Violet Jessop 127
Poon Lim: How did he manage to survive? 132
Mount Pelee: How an election killed the entire electorate 138
Part 6 Unbelievable! 143
Gadsby: An E-less novel 145
Niagara Falls--Part 1: The day the falls actually went dry 148
Niagara Falls--Part 2: An unusual contest 151
The Al-Kuwait: How Donald Duck helped save the day 153
The Baby Derby: How many babies can a woman have in ten years? 155
References 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    AWESOME DUDETT

    EXCEPTIONAL READ WITH STORIES FROM MY WILDEST DREAMS. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE SOME OF THESE STORIES ARE REAL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    A great read!!!

    This book was funny and interesting. I highly eccomend it!

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