Panati s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Panati s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Chartwell Books
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2016-08-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780785834373

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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 the potato chip emerged from an act of pique on the part of an Indian named Crum. How a socialite invented the dishwasher because 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 song 'Happy Birthday to You' began as a kindergarten jingle titled 'Good Morning to All.' How the zipper was one man's attempt to make obsolete not buttons... but shoelaces. How the newlywed husband came to the aid of his accident-prone bride with the invention of the Band-Aid. How the hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage and received its name at a New York baseball game. How a pot-and-pan salesman who baited customers with soapy steel wool pads launched the S.O.S empire. How Drs. Fallopius and Condom made strides in inventing and popularizing a male means of birth control. How the original Goldilocks was a disgruntled, gray-haired crone, tortured by the three bears. How Ketchup became from the Romans, Tabasco sauce from an exiled New Orleans banker, Mayonnaise from a French duke, and A.I. Steak Sauce from a royal chef named Brand.

Panati s Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody

Panati s Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Harpercollins
Total Pages: 470
Release: 1989
Genre: Curiosities and wonders.
ISBN: UOM:39076000889167

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Relates the curious stories behind the extinction of peoples, beliefs, fashions, customs, and inventions

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 463
Release: 1987
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 0060960930

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Relates facts and information about a host of ordinary things ranging from safety pins to negligees

Words to Live by

Words to Live by
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Penguin Group USA
Total Pages: 416
Release: 1999
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0140281568

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Traces the origins of the gems of popular wisdom that are part of American culture, delving into sources as diverse as Aesop, the Bible, Ben Franklin, and Broadway

Sexy Origins and Intimate Things

Sexy Origins and Intimate Things
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Penguin Group USA
Total Pages: 526
Release: 1998
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0140271449

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A compendium of facts about sex reveals the origins of words, practices, and taboos, and discusses topics ranging from history's first love poem to the earliest known sex-change operation

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions
Author: James McGuire
Publsiher: Whalen Book Works
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-01-28
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9781732512603

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With 100+ full-page illustrations, The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions introduces readers to the fascinating, humorous, and often unbelievable origin stories behind the English language’s most common sayings! Why do we bring home the bacon, instead of some other salty meat? Whose beans are we spilling, exactly? Why was that cat in the bag to begin with? Every day, English speaking people turn phrase after phrase, idiom after idiom, with no actual idea what they are saying! Sure, the meaning of these expressions has long been established, but rarely do we stop to think about where they come from. The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions will profile 64 of the greatest idiom origin stories through simple text and captivating illustration. No longer will you wonder why getting a goat is so frustrating, or why hatters are so mad (and no, that one doesn’t come from Alice in Wonderland)! With The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions, everyday phrases come to life! Inside this charming little hardcover volume, the illustrated idioms will be arranged chronologically, with the oldest expressions appearing first, working all the way up to the present day. Each entry will provide the saying’s definition and origin story, laid out cohesively within a funny and captivating illustration of the strange and wonderful long-forgotten story. Whalen Book Works is an independent book publishing company that combines top-notch design, unique formats, and fresh content to create truly innovative gift books. We bring together a talented team of writers, designers, illustrators, and artists in order to develop strong editorial content that brings a book to life!

Sacred Origins of Profound Things

Sacred Origins of Profound Things
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 608
Release: 1996-12-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781101656075

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In this enlightening and entertaining work, Charles Panati explores the origins of hundreds of religious rituals, customs, and practices in many faiths, the reasons for religious holidays and sacred symbols, and the meanings of vestments, sacraments, devotions, and prayers. Its many revelations include: * Why the Star of David became the Jewish counterpart of the Christian cross * What mortal remains of the Buddha are venerated today * How the diamond engagement ring became a standard * That the first pope was a happily married man * How Hindu thinkers arrived at their concept of reincarnation * Why Jews don't eat pork, why some Muslims don't eat certain vegetables, and how some Christians came to observe meatless Fridays Sacred Origins of Profound Things is an indispensable resource for all those interested in the history of religion and the history of ideas--and an inspiring guide to those seeking to understand their faith.

Ancient Inventions

Ancient Inventions
Author: Peter J. James,Nick Thorpe,I. J. Thorpe
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 672
Release: 1995
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9780345401021

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A guide to ancient accomplishments and inventions unearths the origins of modern creations, including computers in ancient Greece, plastic surgery in India in the first century B.C., and a postal service in medieval Baghdad

Panati s Parade of Fads Follies and Manias

Panati s Parade of Fads  Follies  and Manias
Author: Charles Panati
Publsiher: Harpercollins
Total Pages: 491
Release: 1991
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0060964774

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A look at the last one hundred years of American pop culture includes discussions of pop songs, books, and media

I Shit You Not

I Shit You Not
Author: Hugh Jassburn
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2018-04-12
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1786852675

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What a weird and wonderful world we live in. Countries banning letters of the alphabet, the accidental teabag, and have you ever wondered how many horsepower a horse actually has? Well, you'll be amazed and amused by the revelations and illustrations inside this book of fascinating facts - I shit you not.

An Incomplete Education

An Incomplete Education
Author: Judy Jones,William Wilson
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 720
Release: 2009-07-22
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9780307567772

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A completely updated, revised edition of the classic, outfitted with a whole new arsenal of indispensable knowledge on global affairs, popular culture, economic trends, scientific principles, and modern arts. Here’s your chance to brush up on all those subjects you slept through in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew (then promptly forgot), catch up on major developments in the world today, and become the Renaissance man or woman you always knew you could be! How do you tell the Balkans from the Caucasus? What’s the difference between fission and fusion? Whigs and Tories? Shiites and Sunnis? Deduction and induction? Why aren’t all Shakespearean comedies necessarily thigh-slappers? What are transcendental numbers and what are they good for? What really happened in Plato’s cave? Is postmodernism dead or just having a bad hair day? And for extra credit, when should you use the adjective continual and when should you use continuous? An Incomplete Education answers these and thousands of other questions with incomparable wit, style, and clarity. American Studies, Art History, Economics, Film, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Science, and World History: Here’s the bottom line on each of these major disciplines, distilled to its essence and served up with consummate flair. In this revised edition you’ll find a vitally expanded treatment of international issues, reflecting the seismic geopolitical upheavals of the past decade, from economic free-fall in South America to Central Africa’s world war, and from violent radicalization in the Muslim world to the crucial trade agreements that are defining globalization for the twenty-first century. And don’t forget to read the section "A Nervous American’s Guide to Living and Loving on Five Continents" before you answer a personal ad in the International Herald Tribune. As delightful as it is illuminating, An Incomplete Education packs ten thousand years of culture into a single superbly readable volume. This is a book to celebrate, to share, to give and receive, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.

The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance
Author: John Mitchinson,John Lloyd
Publsiher: Crown Archetype
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-08-07
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 9780307405517

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,The Book of General Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school. Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out The Book of General Ignorance for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: How long can a chicken live without its head? About two years. What do chameleons do? They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states. How many legs does a centipede have? Not a hundred. How many toes has a two-toed sloth? It’s either six or eight. Who was the first American president? Peyton Randolph. What were George Washington’s false teeth made from? Mostly hippopotamus. What was James Bond’s favorite drink? Not the vodka martini.

The Smithsonian s History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian s History of America in 101 Objects
Author: Richard Kurin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2013-10-29
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781101638774

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The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Kurin sheds remarkable new light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history. Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.

An Uncommon History of Common Things

An Uncommon History of Common Things
Author: Bethanne Patrick,John Thompson
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-09-16
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9781426212277

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Pop culture fans and trivia lovers will delight in National Geographic’s highly browsable, freewheeling compendium of customs, notions and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history. Dip into any page and discover extraordinary hidden details in the everyday that will inform, amuse, astonish, and surprise. From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, this book 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 weren’t busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy

An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy
Author: Bethanne Patrick
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2011
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781426208133

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Explores the surprising origins and global practices of popular customs and traditions, from greetings and correspondence to dress and spending.