Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Book - 2016
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"Hilarious, entertaining, and illustrated histories behind some of life's most common and underappreciated objects--from the paperclip and the toothbrush to the sports bra and roller skates. In the tradition of A Cartoon History of the Universe and, most recent, Randall Munroe's What If? comes Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, a graphic tour through the unusual creation of some of the mundane items that surround us in our daily lives. Chapters are peppered with ballpoint pen riots, cowboy wars, and really bad Victorian practical jokes. Structured around the different locations in our home and daily life--the kitchen, the bathroom, the office, and the grocery store--award-nominated illustrator Andy Warner traces the often surprising and sometimes complex histories behind the items we often take for granted. Readers learn how Velcro was created after a Swiss engineer took his dog for a walk; how a naval engineer invented the Slinky; a German housewife, the coffee filter; and a radical feminist and anti-capitalist, the game Monopoly. This is both a book of histories and a book about histories. It explores how lies become legends, trade routes spring up, and empires rise and fall--all from the perspective of your toothbrush or toilet "--
Publisher: New York, New York : Picador, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781250078650
Characteristics: xi, 206 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Apr 01, 2019

In many cases, the stories are not so much the history/ origin of something but a funny historical anecdote that features that item. So that was a bit of a let-down. But it's an enjoyable enough read.

Jan 05, 2019

Light reading about the background of common inventions in an illustrated format. Much of this information is widely available in greater detail on the internet these days for those who seek it so the key value of this book is in the mildly-humourous, approachable way it is presented.

minettebkr Jun 21, 2018

Funny and informative.

May 04, 2017

This is such a fun graphic novel. Great if you are the sort of person who loves learning all kinds of random facts! Would be a great booktalk for teens or adults.

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