Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops: The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives

Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops: The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives

by Harry Oliver

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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:

?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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101171240
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 891 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Writer and editor Harry Oliver holds a fascination for the quirky stories behind aspects of our everyday lives. The author of Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops and Flying by the Seat of Your Pants, he lives and works in London.

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