By Andy Warner
NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Hilarious, enjoyable, and illustrated histories in the back of a few of life's most typical and underappreciated gadgets - from the paperclip and the toothbrush to the activities bra and curler skates
Brief Histories of daily items is a image journey in the course of the strange construction of a few of the mundane goods that encompass us in our day-by-day lives. Chapters are peppered with ballpoint pen riots, cowboy wars, and very undesirable Victorian useful jokes. based round the various destinations in our domestic and day-by-day life—the kitchen, the rest room, the place of work, and the grocery store—award-nominated illustrator Andy Warner strains the customarily magnificent and occasionally complicated histories at the back of the goods we frequently take with no consideration. Readers find out how Velcro used to be created after a Swiss engineer took his puppy for a stroll; how a naval engineer invented the Slinky; a German housewife, the espresso filter out; and a thorough feminist and anti-capitalist, the sport Monopoly. this is often either a publication of histories and a booklet approximately histories. It explores how lies turn into legends, alternate routes spring up, and empires upward thrust and fall—all from the viewpoint of your toothbrush or toilet.
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