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The Book of Origins : Discover the Amazing Origins of the Clothes We Wear, the Food We Eat, the Peoplewe Know, the Languages We Speak, and t
by Trevor Homer


Overview - Everything--from the mundane (the pencil) to the catastrophic (the atom bomb)--has an origin, but often it's not what we expect. A few things you may not have known:

- Gandhi was married at age thirteen
- Chinese fortune cookies are an American invention and were not eaten in China until the 1990s when they were advertised as "Genuine American Fortune Cookies."
- Bayer lost the trademark for aspirin (which they had held since 1897) as part of the reparations Germany was forced to pay after World War I.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Everything--from the mundane (the pencil) to the catastrophic (the atom bomb)--has an origin, but often it's not what we expect. A few things you may not have known:

- Gandhi was married at age thirteen
- Chinese fortune cookies are an American invention and were not eaten in China until the 1990s when they were advertised as "Genuine American Fortune Cookies."
- Bayer lost the trademark for aspirin (which they had held since 1897) as part of the reparations Germany was forced to pay after World War I.
- The original idea for the electric chair came from an American dentist.

For aspiring mindblowers and wanna-be know-it-alls, The Book of Origins is a treasure trove of trivia and fascinating facts guaranteed to entertain and enlighten.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780452288324
  • ISBN-10: 0452288320
  • Publisher: Plume Books
  • Publish Date: May 2007
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.04 x 5.38 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.59 pounds


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