Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops: The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives

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Penguin, Jan 5, 2010 - Reference - 240 pages
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The fascinating and funny origins of everyday objects-bliss for history hounds, language lovers and trivia buffs.

In this delightful volume, Harry Oliver reveals the most unusual and unexpected stories behind the household necessities, toys, common objects, technological advances, and everyday items we all take for granted. Who hasn't wondered:

?Whether Thomas Crapper really invented the toilet

?What accident led to the invention of the microwave

?Why it took nearly twenty years for someone to finally decide to slice bread

?How laziness resulted in the invention of the dishwasher

?Which discovery made the milkshake possible

?Which king's fancy for his mistress inspired the first elevator
 

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Contents

Barbie Doll
Chess
Crossword
Fireworks
Frisbee
Jigsaw
Kite
Monopoly
Cotton Swabs
False Teeth
Lipstick
Pregnancy Test
Rollon Antiperspirant
Soap
Tissues
Antiseptic

Rubiks Cube
Slinky
Teddy Bear
Aerosol Can
Aluminum Foil
Burglar Alarm
Chair
Electric Iron
Flushing Toilet
Fork
Lightbulb
Microwave Oven
Milk Carton
Teflon and the Nonstick Pan
Tupperware
Baguette
Baked Beans
Can Opener
French Fries
Frozen Food
Hot Dog
Mayonnaise
NutraSweetArtificial Sweetener
Potato Chips
Sausage
Supermarket
Alcohol
Beer
Champagne
Cocktail
Drinking Straw
Espresso
Pasteurized Milk
Tea Bag
Thermos
Whisky
Bubble Gum
Chewing Gum
Condensed Milk
Gummi Bears
Ice Cream
Bikini
Bra
Jeans
Nylon
Sewing Machine
Shoe
Umbrella
Zipper
Contact Lenses
Artificial Respirator Iron Lung
BandAid
Condom
Prozac
Vaccine
Bubble Wrap
Correction Fluid
Photocopier
Rubber Band
Super Glue
Banking
Bar Code
Coupons and Gift Certificates
Money
Calculator
Calendar
Camera
Cellular Phone
Computer
Clock
Internet
iPod
Pen and Ink
Pencil
Radio
Telephone
Television
Thermometer
Whistle
Air Conditioning
Barbed Wire
Concrete
Escalator
Firefighters
Glass
Lawnmower
Smoke Alarm
Airbag
Airplane
Bicycle
Boats and Ships
GPS Global Positioning System
Helicopter
Parachute
Railway
River Tunnel
Road Reflector
Taxi
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Harry Oliver is the author of "Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives' Tales and Superstitions in Our Daily Lives" and "March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day,

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