Einstein's Refrigerator: And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History

Einstein's Refrigerator: And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History

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ISBN-13: 9780740714191
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2001
Edition description: Original
Pages: 192
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

Introductionvii
Part 1You've got to be kidding!1
Mike, the Headless Chicken: He really was a chicken running around with his head cut off3
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 scheme16
The Rooster Booster: The feathers will be flying!24
Ballooning: Up, up, and away in my beautiful lawn chair28
Part 2oops!33
The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy: History's stickiest disaster35
Citicorp Tower: Watch out for the Leaning Tower of Citibank38
The Lake Peigneur Disaster: And away goes the lake down the drain!45
The Rainman: Don't wish for too much of a good thing49
Part 3Inventive genius55
Kitty Litter: What's the scoop?57
Einstein's Refrigerator: He really did design modern iceboxes60
The Foot Thingy: Whatchamacallit?64
America's First Subway: It was one big secret67
Vaseline: It's yummy for your tummy!75
Hedy Lamarr: Not exactly your typical nerdy inventor with a pocket protector78
The Zipper: Hey! Your fly is open!85
Nikola Tesla: He makes Thomas Edison look like a dummy91
Part 4hmmm99
George Washington: He was really the ninth president of the United States!101
Emperor Norton 1: The U.S.A.'s first and only emperor105
Pennies for College: A college education for just pennies110
Fu-Go: The strangest weapon of World War II113
Bat Bombs: The other top-secret weapon119
Part 5Incredible stories of survival125
The Titanic: The curse of Violet Jessop127
Poon Lim: How did he manage to survive?132
Mount Pelee: How an election killed the entire electorate138
Part 6Unbelievable!143
Gadsby: An E-less novel145
Niagara Falls--Part 1: The day the falls actually went dry148
Niagara Falls--Part 2: An unusual contest151
The Al-Kuwait: How Donald Duck helped save the day153
The Baby Derby: How many babies can a woman have in ten years?155
References159

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Einstein's Refrigerator: And Other Stories from the Flip Side of History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCEPTIONAL READ WITH STORIES FROM MY WILDEST DREAMS. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE SOME OF THESE STORIES ARE REAL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was funny and interesting. I highly eccomend it!