Why do we blow out candles on birthday cakes? Use striped poles to symbolize a barber? Throw rice at weddings? Find out in CURIOUS CUSTOMS: The Stories Behind 296 Popular American Rituals.Whether you want a new look at old habits or just love wacky facts and intriguing information, CURIOUS CUSTOMS is full of unusual, surprising bits of information that you'll love to learn and share.
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Got this from a friend who was moving. It was interesting. Not awesome but there were definitely some interesting origins of the customs we experience every day. At this point some of the references ... Read full review
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