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An Uncommon History of Common Things

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Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stick—and presto! The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history.

From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An Uncommon History of Common Things features hundreds of colorful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just about every subject under the sun. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters, and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the Dark Ages? Or that ancient soldiers baked a kind of pizza on their shields—when they werent busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

Every page of this quirky compendium catalogs something fascinating, surprising, or serendipitous. A lively, incomparably browsable read for history buffs, pop culture lovers, and anyone who relishes the odd and extraordinary details hidden in the everyday, it will inform, amuse, astonish—and alter the way you think about the clever creatures we call humans.

About the Author

Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, People magazine, and other publications.

John Thompson is the author and co-author of more than a dozen books including Dakotas, Americas Historic Trails, and National Geographic Almanac of American History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426204203
Author:
Patrick, Bethanne Ke
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Foreword by:
Petroski, Henry
Foreword:
Petroski, Henry
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Author:
Thompson, John
Author:
Patrick, Bethanne Kelly
Author:
Patrick, Bethanne
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
United States Civilization.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Curiosities & Wonders
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
history;trivia
Subject:
history;trivia;inventions
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
525 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.54x7.62x1.02 in. 2.31 lbs.

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