Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

by Charles Panati


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For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind 500 everyday items, expressions, and customs—from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls to honeymoons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060964191
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/1989
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 584,187
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

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Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great fun - one of those you read in little bursts, picking and chosing as you will. Along the way you pick up bits of almost useless info but one never knows when it will come into use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting subjects and writing style
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has an inquisitve and a 'need to know' mindset will definitely find this compilation of origins an informative and entertaining read. I love it so much I am making it part of my curriculum for my class. The potential it lends itself to the classroom is boundless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and have learned the origins of many products and items, such as the vaccuum cleaner, and such. I've been sharing a lot of what I've learned with friends and associates who find it just as interesting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book uncovering the beginnings of the things around us and explains why we do and say and believe the things we haven't a clue where they came from! Good research- Embellished somewhat? Hard to say but makes for good conversation with others and starts the search on subjects very important to some of us readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful; chock-full-o-great-info! I would definitly recommend this book.