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Who Knew?: Things You Didn't Know About Things You Know Well [NOOK Book]

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Who Knew? is a collection of tidbits and trivia about well-known personalities and products that we all are familiar with - or at least think we're familiar with. For example, did you know that the VW Beetle was commissioned by Adolph Hitler (and designed by Ferdinand Porsche)? Or that the name "Oz" came to author L. Frank Baum when he noticed the drawers of his filing cabinet were marked A - G, H - N, and O - Z? From Twinkies to Tupperware to toys and television, these offbeat informational nuggets are ...
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Overview

Who Knew? is a collection of tidbits and trivia about well-known personalities and products that we all are familiar with - or at least think we're familiar with. For example, did you know that the VW Beetle was commissioned by Adolph Hitler (and designed by Ferdinand Porsche)? Or that the name "Oz" came to author L. Frank Baum when he noticed the drawers of his filing cabinet were marked A - G, H - N, and O - Z? From Twinkies to Tupperware to toys and television, these offbeat informational nuggets are guaranteed to entertain and enthrall.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449440589
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Series: Backlist eBook Program
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 710,889
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Hoffman has been a television writer, a creative consultant, and an on-camera reporter for ABC and FOX covering trends and popular culture. He is the author of numerous pop culture books, including Kid Stuff, which celebrates classic toys, and The Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    possible mistakes

    It was an excellent source of information, however there are some possible mistakes that so far can't be explained. Page 146: "The only word in the english language with 5 vowels in a row is " queuing" which as you can see is only 4. Page 54: "On the One Dollar Bill, there is an "OWL" in the upper left hand corner of the "1". (Tried using an Emoscop SM magnifier, and can not find the so called owl. If I am incorrect please email me or write your own review to correct me at: Brett_Hilton@yahoo.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Amusing with at least one inaccuracy.

    The author asserts that Mr. Staub invented peanut butter. This is incorrect. While Staub patented a peanut butter making machine in 1903, it was Kellogg (yes, the Corn Flakes Kellogg) that popularized the "nut paste" that was the precursor of the peanut butter that we enjoy with our jelly today. It would also have been prudent to acknowledge that renowned African-American scholar and scientist George Washington Carver is widely credited with the discovery of peanut butter. However, while Carver invented over 300 uses for peanuts and approximately 118 uses for sweet potatoes in his efforts to decrease cotton farming and improve the commercial prospects for these alternative crops raised by predominantly black and poor rural farmers in the South, and while Carver's scientific and inventive prowess was acknowledged and sought after by American presidents, titans of industry like Henry Ford, and other international executives, Carver merely popularized the use of peanut butter and did not invent it. This would have been a more complete and accurate rendering of the history of peanut butter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2002

    You'll say 'I didn't know that!'

    Short and entertaining bits of trivia. My 11-year old and her classmates loved it! Recommended for ages 10 and up. I'm giving another to my Dad for Father's Day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Seems cool

    Is this the book they talk about on tv?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Cierra loves this book

    Very interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Aggravating

    Has very short pags and 6 of the pages are title pages so the 20 page sample is a bust because 8 of the pages are pictures so thateaves us a total of 6 pages to sample

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Who Knew?

    I am always interested in learning new information and this book really provided that. Am on my second reading in case I missed something the first time.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Who Knew? Things You Didn't Know About Things You Know Well by David Hoffman

    I purchased this book not only for our family but also for my sister's. The book was familiar to me from reviewing it shortly in a restaurant in Menominee, Michigan called Schloegel's.I was thrilled to see it for sale at the Barnes and Noble book store, since the restaurant owner didn't think the book was in print any longer. While we were waiting for our food to be delivered to our table, the book just happened to be displayed at every table. It has a fun fact on every page. It is an intriguing book to have in the house and a real conversation starter with family and friends.

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