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Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things (1987)

by Charles Panati

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For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind 500 everyday items, expressions, and customs--from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls to honeymoons.
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  semoffat | Aug 5, 2021 |
The title "Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things" is somewhat misleading as only a handful of the origin stories Panati covers could be described as anything more than somewhat interesting. Granted, there are a few eye opening origins studied, such as how barbiturates were created and others also held my interest but, even beyond the lack of extraordinariness, the facts that its 1980s publication and its America-centeredness also leave one underwhelmed.

There is still content to pique your interest though, so don't give up on this too early. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Aug 26, 2016 |
different edition (pub. by B&N, by arrangement with HarperCollins Pub.)
  shaniaburrows | Jun 27, 2015 |
For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind 500 everyday items, expressions, and customs--from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls to honeymoons ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 6, 2015 |
Okay, you guys, I finally did it! It's a very long book, over 400 pages, and it's not like I need to be like oh, wait, I can't remember what the origin of Father's Day is, so I can't figure out the origin of ice cream! I love knowing more facts and be able to bust out "Actually ..." and then explain what I've learned! ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
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