This book is an intriguing collection of information. While I was familiar with some of these facts, most were new to me. I was as taken with the historical facts presented as with the origins I had never suspected. Wow. Great read. This book has the added advantage of being many separate chapters and sections, so it is a good book to have on hand when waiting in the doctor's office or while commuting. You can stop easily without loosing the thread of what you are reading.
For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs and science enthusiasts, the formost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of everyday items, expressions and customs we take for granted came into exsistance. Learn the fascinating discovery storys behind over 500 phenomena.
"Discover the fascinating stories behind the origins of over 500 everyday items, expressions and customs such as Kleenex, Barbie dolls and the Boy Scounts, Slinky, the can opener, Mother Goose, Tupperware, nail polish and safety pins, Valium, doughnuts and honeymoons, the zipper, potato chips, the bikini and Uncle Sam!" A fun read. 421 pages.