Download e-book for iPad: An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson

By Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson

ISBN-10: 1426204205

ISBN-13: 9781426204203

Someday approximately 30,000 years in the past, anyone caught a pointy rock right into a break up stick—and presto! The awl used to be born. Our inquisitive species simply loves tinkering, checking out, and pushing the boundaries, and this delightfully diverse e-book is a freewheeling connection with 1000's of customs, notions, and innovations that mirror human ingenuity all through history.

From hand instruments to vacations to guns to washing machines, An unusual historical past of universal Things beneficial properties enormous quantities of colourful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and extra because it explores with reference to each topic less than the solar. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been round for 4,600 years, yet punctuation, capital letters, and the convenient areas among written phrases basically date again to the darkish a long time? Or that old infantrymen baked one of those pizza on their shields—when they weren’t busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

Every web page of this quirky compendium catalogs anything interesting, outstanding, or serendipitous. a full of life, incomparably browsable learn for historical past buffs, popular culture enthusiasts, and someone who relishes the bizarre and striking information hidden within the daily, it is going to tell, amuse, astonish—and modify how you take into consideration the shrewdpermanent creatures we name people.

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Life itself is the proper binge. —JULIA CHILD (1912-2004) Food & Drink Natural selection and discriminating palates have seen to it that we choose our foods carefully, so it’s not surprising that much of what we consume has been part of our diets for a long time. We’ve sprinkled salt on our food for thousands of years; there are grains that we have eaten for 17,000 years; for millennia we have steeped tea leaves in hot water. Not that humans haven’t made great strides in food production and preparation over the ages; the variety of available foods is greater now than ever.

While his ideas were at first known as “Sears’ Folly,” the captain’s salt works eventually grew to be the largest on Cape Cod, and even after salt production ceased to be profitable for food manufacturing, Epsom and magnesium salts were produced near the Bass River at South Yarmouth. On the Side The phrase “on the side” can refer to a way of serving food as well as the dishes that traditionally accompany a main course. In this section, however, we cover mostly spices and condiments, those items “on the side” that add flavor and savor to our favorite foods.

C. The ancient Inca pounded peanuts into a paste, and that was one of the specimens early explorers brought back to the West. It became a commercial crop in the United States, first in North Carolina (around 1818) and then later in Virginia, which became famous for its peanuts. Many other inventors contributed to peanut butter’s development as a popular foodstuff, including Dr. John Harvey Kellogg of Kellogg’s cereal fame, who marketed a nut-grinding machine in the late 1890s. However, when Joseph L.

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