The Book Of Origins: Discover The Amazing Origins Of The Clothes We Wear, The Food We Eat, The People We Know, The Languages We Speak, And
ISBN: 0452288320
EAN13: 9780452288324
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 2007
Pages: 307
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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