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 gatheredtales 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.
|Publisher:||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
EXCEPTIONAL READ WITH STORIES FROM MY WILDEST DREAMS. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE SOME OF THESE STORIES ARE REAL.
This book was funny and interesting. I highly eccomend it!