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Mental Floss presents In the Beginning: From Big Hair to the Big Bang, mental_floss presents a Mouthwatering Guide to the Origins of Everything
Sure, you know all about the birds and bees. But did Dad ever tell you that it wasn't a stork that put that shiny can opener in your kitchen drawer? Or paperclips started out as proud, Nazi-fighting warriors? And did he tell you how cruise control was originally conceived by a blind genius? From mullets to Silly Putty, lie detectors to karaoke, we've got the true stories b ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published November 1st 2007)
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Bought this one from B&N's clearance one year and took it to work to read at lunch. Just cleared it out of the locker and finally READ it. Pretty interesting stuff; some of it tied to "Things You Missed in History" podcasts. Basically, it divides things up into like groupings (history, science, etc.) and then gives a date and the origin story. Quite a lot of fun.
A little disappointed in this one. It was vaguely amusing, but covered information about things that I already knew. Don't know exactly what I was hoping for, but it also had enough information that was inappropriate for middle school students that I can't really put it in my school library, either.
Easy reading, interesting. Each page (or two) has the history of various items from paper clips to the word "guy." While I used it primarily for bathroom reading (it's very appropriate for that use), it is informative and worth the read. It won't change your view on life, but will add to your knowledge, and might even win a bet in a bar.
Being a lover of trivia, finding this book was a joy to me. Done in a easy-to-understand writing style, the authors do a great job of including humor and facts to make an enjoyable read about how everyday things got their unique starts and improvements. A great book for fact lovers.
Jan 12, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like facts, bathroom readers
Recommended to Amanda by: Will
Lots of interesting facts & stories about various topics. My favorites were the stories of traffic lights, big hair, surgery, and London Bridge.