Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be

Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be

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Overview

Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident?
 
SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren’t thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings.
 
 “A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining . . . a gem.” —Booklist, Starred 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399552021
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 118,785
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

CHARLOTTE FOLTZ JONES was an author of award-winning nonfiction books for children, as well as numerous magazine articles.

JOHN O'BRIEN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker magazine and has illustrated many popular children's books.

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