For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the foremost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of the everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating discovery stories behind over 500 phenomena, including:
how chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber
how a socialite invented the dishwasher because of servants too frequently broke her expensive china
Why April Fool's Day started out as New Year's Eve, a joke in itself
how the zipper was one man's attempt to make obsolete not buttons...but shoelaces
how the hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage and received its name at a New York baseball game
And many, many more in this carefully organized, delicious compendium of little-known facts guaranteed to amaze, absorb, amuse, and delight.
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