An uncommon history of common things / Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson ; foreword by Henry Petroski.
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- ISBN: 9781435137141 (pbk.)
- ISBN: 1435137140 (pbk.)
- Physical Description: 303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
- Edition: 2014 edition.
- Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2014, c2009.
|General Note:|| "This 2014 edition printed for Barnes & Noble, Inc., by the National Geographic Society"--Colophon, p. 303.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (page 290) and index.
|Summary, etc.:|| 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 weren't 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.
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