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How Did They Do That?: Wonders of the Far and Recent Past Explained

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  8 reviews

The totally satisfying answers to more than 100 questions that drive normal people - not to mention infomaniacs and trivia buffs - crazy.

- Questions about matters great and small, from ancient times to yesterday.

- Illustrated with illuminating technical drawings and unusual vintage photographs.


How did they spend $40 million making Heaven's Gate?
How did they decide the l

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Hardcover, 332 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by William Morrow & Company (first published June 1981)
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Lamis
كيف تصنع الآلة الناسخة الصور الفورية؟
كيف تمزج النكهات المصطنعة بحيث تتشابه مع النكهات الأصلية؟
كيف يطهو فرن المايكرويف الطعام من الداخل؟
كيف تُحصى النجوم في الكون؟
كيف يصمت كاتم الصوت طلقة الرصاص؟
كيف تبث الأفلام الثلاثية الأبعاد على التليفزيون؟
كيف تدهن خطوط السير في وسط الطرقات؟
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Lenny Husen
This is a 3 star book, but gave it 4 stars for Historical significance. I apparently bought this book at the Smithsonian Museum giftshop back in 2000 or so, and didn't realize (until I started reading it in 2013) that it was published in 1981!
So there are a lot of unintentionally humorous references to "IBM Selectric" typewriters and "soon they will have a 9 digit Zip Code" and how do Polaroid cameras work as well as poignant ones " How do they wash the windows of the World Trade Center?" Sideba
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Donovan
This book is great for answers for very common questions like how do they get pencil lead in pencils.The book is good for children and creative minds.The book is fun and quick to read and is and excellent gift.
Benjamin
Jun 09, 2010 Benjamin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Meh. There are better books than this for trivia lovers.
Shelves: read-2010-06
My greatest criticism of How Did They Do That? is that it is... irregular in the quality of it's component articles (e.g., the article on Schliemann's discovery of Troy was poorly researched, whereas comparable articles on the construction of the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge were quite good, I thought), but I did learn several new things that I'd be interested in reading about further (like the Baader-Meinhoff gang story). Also, it is really hard to take Sutton seriously when her answers are shor ...more
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Cheryl
Sep 25, 2008 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trivia fans
This book has some long-winded explanations (wayy too much more than I wanted to know) about some things, but overall it was really interesting.
SmarterLilac
A must read for the trivia fiend (though I really doubt all of the information in it is in any sense of the term still current.)
SmarterLilac
This fun book is a trivia maven's dream (despite the fact that a lot of its content is out of date now.)
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