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Product details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; Reissue edition (Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060964197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060964191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relates facts and information about a host of ordinary things ranging from safety pins to negligees.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dublinia on 8 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of those curious little books you sometimes come across, where every page tells you about two or three things you never knew or even thought about before. Every library should have one. I bet the guys who do the research for QI have well-thumbed copies of this book in their desk drawers, it's that kind of a book. Do you know who first came up with eyeglasses, and when? Or what people used before toilet paper came along in 1857? Who exactly ate humble pie? Answers to all these and more, etc, etc...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 1998
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I didn't learn this much history in school. It is amazing to learn that customs we practice today have their roots hundreds, even thousands of years ago. Ages high school to 100 will enjoy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 1998
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A great book for people interested in just about everything. Since the book is so diverse you are sure to find something for everyone. A wonderful choice if you need to get a gift for someone very hard to buy for. I've not met anyone who hasn't thoroughly enjoyed the book. Frankly, I think its a terrific "bathroom" or guestroom book.
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By springfox13 on 30 Dec. 2013
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Some very interesting information, It would have got a better review.but some of the chosen topics chosen were quite ordinary.
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