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Origin of Everyday Things: The Amazing Anecdotes Behind Everyday Items from Aztec Chewing Gum to American Zippers

 
 
Author
Johnny Acton, Tania Adams & Matt Packer.
Publisher Think Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781845250485
Pages/Publication Date 318/2007
Daedalus Item Code 61292
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For history buffs, science students, pop culture fans, or trivia mavens, this book is a lively compendium of origins for more than 300 sayings, stories, objects, phenomena, and superstitions that we generally take for granted. Here you will find the origin of the can opener (which came a maddening five decades after the tin can made its debut in the early 19th century); the first-known reference, in 1806, to a "cocktail" ("a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters ... supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion"); and the debut of the crossword puzzle, in the New York World of 1913 (the first clue was "What bargain hunters enjoy" and the answer was "sales").
 
 
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