Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Chartwell Books
  • Pages : 480
  • Relase : 2016-08-15
  • ISBN : 9780785834373

Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things Book Review:

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
  • Publisher : Harpercollins
  • Pages : 470
  • Relase : 1989
  • ISBN : UOM:39076000889167

Panati's Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody Book Review:

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

Words to Live by

Words to Live by
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Pages : 416
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : 0140281568

Words to Live by Book Review:

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
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Pages : 526
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : 0140271449

Sexy Origins and Intimate Things Book Review:

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
  • Publisher : Whalen Book Works
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2019-01-28
  • ISBN : 9781732512603

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions Book Review:

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!

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions
  • Author : Laura Hetherington
  • Publisher : Whalen Book Works
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2019-11-26
  • ISBN : 9781732512641

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions Book Review:

The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions uncovers the fascinating, humorous, and often unbelievable origins behind the world’s most overlooked innovations! Nobody knows the backstories behind our most taken-for-granted inventions, like credit cards, egg cartons, windshield wipers, and breakfast sandwiches! But the strange and wonderful origins of these inventions are far from ordinary: They are rooted in forgotten history. Inside this hardcover book, discover the extraordinary true stories of: the TOASTER — actually the best thing before sliced bread the PASSPORT — the original Facebook the TOOTHBRUSH — so much more than bamboo + hog bristles the PIZZA SAVER — no pie left behind since 1985 SLICED BREAD — at first, no one wanted it and MANY, MANY MORE of history’s most influential discoveries! Organized chronologically from 75,000 B.C. to today and illustrated with more than 200 pieces of original artwork, The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions is as beautiful as it is entertaining and informative. Discover who invented BATHING, why some of the first-ever BEDS were naturally mosquito-repellant, how president Theodore Roosevelt’s encounter with a black bear inspired the TEDDY BEAR, and why SELFIE STICKS might be older than you think!

True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t

True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t
  • Author : Shane Carley
  • Publisher : Cider Mill Press
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2017-04-11
  • ISBN : 9781604336962

True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t Book Review:

Prove your awesomeness—or bolster your stockpile of conversation starters! Either way, prove you’re the smartest schmuck in the room with over 500 absurdly real facts! With over 500 outrageous and real facts on everything from hippo sweat to stars in the galaxy, you're sure to impress your friends, stump your colleagues, and crush the trivia night competition! Discover insane-but-true factoids and prove you really do know it all! Test out the True or False questions covering the gamut of science, sports, history, pop culture, and a potpourri of others, like: *True or False: A chicken once survived almost two years after having its head cut off. *True or False: The dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was paid a salary. *How many baseballs does the MLB use every season? *What state has jousting as its official sport? *True or False: Most Canadians live south of Seattle. Put your game face on, and prove once and for all who is the real know-it-all! Gather your friends and family 'round and get ready to learn some wild and crazy trivia!

Sacred Origins of Profound Things

Sacred Origins of Profound Things
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 608
  • Relase : 1996-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781101656075

Sacred Origins of Profound Things Book Review:

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.

Panati's Parade of Fads, Follies, and Manias

Panati's Parade of Fads, Follies, and Manias
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Harpercollins
  • Pages : 491
  • Relase : 1991
  • ISBN : 0060964774

Panati's Parade of Fads, Follies, and Manias Book Review:

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

The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance
  • Author : John Mitchinson,John Lloyd
  • Publisher : Crown Archetype
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2007-08-07
  • ISBN : 9780307405517

The Book of General Ignorance Book Review:

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.

I Shit You Not

I Shit You Not
  • Author : Hugh Jassburn
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 112
  • Relase : 2018-04-12
  • ISBN : 1786852675

I Shit You Not Book Review:

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
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 720
  • Relase : 2009-07-22
  • ISBN : 9780307567772

An Incomplete Education Book Review:

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 Browser's Book of Endings

The Browser's Book of Endings
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Pages : 470
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : UCSC:32106016109115

The Browser's Book of Endings Book Review:

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

A Walk Around the Block

A Walk Around the Block
  • Author : Spike Carlsen
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2020-10-20
  • ISBN : 9780062954770

A Walk Around the Block Book Review:

“Carlsen sees a world of wonder hiding in plain sight and may just change how you look at the world around you.” - TODAY Show A simple walk around the block set journalist Spike Carlsen, bestselling author of A Splintered History of Wood, off to investigate everything he could about everything we take for granted in our normal life—from manhole covers and recycling bins to bike lanes and stoplights. In this celebration of the seemingly mundane, Carlsen opens our eyes to the engineering marvels, human stories, and natural wonders right outside our front door. He guides us through the surprising allure of sewers, the intricacies of power plants, the extraordinary path of an everyday letter, and the genius of recycling centers—all the while revealing that this awesome world isn’t just a spectator sport. Engaging as it is endearing, A Walk Around the Block will change the way you see things in your everyday life. Join Carlsen as he strolls through the trash museum of New York City, explores the quirky world of squirrels, pigeons, and roadkill, and shows us how understanding stoplights, bike lanes, and fine art of walking can add years to our lives. In the end, he brings a sense of wonder into your average walk around the block, wherever you are. Guaranteed.

An Uncommon History of Common Things

An Uncommon History of Common Things
  • Author : Bethanne Patrick,John Thompson
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2015-09-16
  • ISBN : 9781426212277

An Uncommon History of Common Things Book Review:

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?

Useless Knowledge

Useless Knowledge
  • Author : David Samson,Joe Edelman
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2013-11-05
  • ISBN : 9781466855946

Useless Knowledge Book Review:

How can your tongue get you arrested? What dessert is as smart as the average adult? What's louder: A jet plane at take-off or a hippo having sex? In the form of a lively and eccentric course catalog, Useless Knowledge, the brainchild of the creator of the wildly successful Useless Knowledge website offers up loads of facts of little consequence for the hardcore trivia buff or the casual enthusiast. Inside, you'll find topics and entries like these: The Core Curriculum The Useless School of Animals The sound that a camel makes is called "nuzzing". The Useless School of Film Warren Beatty's first job in the theater was a rat-catcher...backstage. The Useless School of History Not that he was immature, but Napoleon concocted his battle strategies in a sandbox. The Useless School of Sports It takes 3,000 cows to supply a single season's worth of footballs to the NFL. There are also Useless Schools of Television, Biology, Science and Technology, Music, Geography, and Culinary Arts.

The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book

The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book
  • Author : Ashley Craft
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2021-10-19
  • ISBN : 9781507215968

The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book Book Review:

Skip the crowded bar, coffee shop, and restaurant and bring the magic of Disney’s drinks right your home with over 100 easy, delicious drink recipes inspired by the Disney Parks. Raise a glass to bringing the magic of Disney straight to your home with The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book. From coffee and tea to milkshakes and slushies to mocktails and cocktails, this book features over 100 of your favorite beverages from the happiest place on Earth. Recipes are taken straight from your favorite restaurants and cafes throughout the Disney Parks and resorts. You’ll learn to make delicious, unique drinks without waiting in line including: -Coffees and teas, like Frozen Cappuccino from Joffrey’s and Teddy’s Tea from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar -Fruity drinks and slushies like Frozen Sunshine from Beaches and Cream and the Goofy Glacier from Goofy’s Candy Company -Mocktails and cocktails like the Sparkling No-Jito from the Tambu Lounge or the La Cava Avocado from Mexico in Epcot -And dessert drinks like the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake from 50's Prime Time Café or the Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle Perfect for Disney fans everywhere who want to experience those familiar flavors right from the comfort of their home, The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book has all the recipes you’ll need to make luscious libations worthy of the Mouse himself.

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 463
  • Relase : 1987
  • ISBN : 0060960930

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things Book Review:

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

Panati's Browser's Book of Beginnings

Panati's Browser's Book of Beginnings
  • Author : Charles Panati
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Pages : 427
  • Relase : 1984
  • ISBN : 0395562384

Panati's Browser's Book of Beginnings Book Review:

Describes the origins of more than 1000 objects, ideas, movements, and concepts, including checkers, the computer, ragtime, Islam, ice cream, the abacus, Yiddish, and many other familiar and not-so-familiar things

So You Think You're Irish

So You Think You're Irish
  • Author : Margaret Kelleher
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 166
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : 0760725284

So You Think You're Irish Book Review:

So you think you're Irish, do you now?