The Book of Origins
Discover the Amazing Origins of the Clothes We Wear, the Food We Eat, the Peoplewe Know, the Languages We Speak, and the Things We Use
By (author) Trevor Homer
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Book of Origins by Trevor Homer
Book DescriptionRead Trevor Homer's posts on the Penguin Blog. Everything from the mundane (the pencil) to the catastrophic (the atom bomb) has an origin, but often it s not what we expect. A few things you may not have known: Gandhi was married at age thirteen! Chinese fortune cookies are an American invention and were not eaten in China until the 1990s when they were advertised as Genuine American Fortune Cookies. Bayer lost the trademark for aspirin (which they had held since 1897) as part of the reparations Germany was forced to pay after World War I. The original idea for the electric chair came from an American dentist. For aspiring mindblowers and wanna-be know-it-alls, The Book of Origins is a treasure trove of trivia and fascinating facts guaranteed to entertain and enlighten."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780452288324
(204mm x 137mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Plume Books
Publisher: Plume Books
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Everything has an origin. This book offers information on the origins of everything - from tea-bags to mobile phones. It is for people who want to know how, or when, things began, where they came from, why they started - and when it has a human origin, such as the Mongol Empire or Ferrari cars, and the name of the person who started it.
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Author Biography - Trevor Homer
Trevor Homer was born and educated in the Black Country and is a former British Amateur Champion golfer. He represented England seventeen times, winning the European Team Championship in 1973, and Great Britain and Northern Ireland eleven times.He tried professional tournament golf in the USA and Europe for a brief period, but boredom set in trying to do for money, what had previously been played for fun. Trevor has lectured to the governing bodies of golf on the way forward in developing the sport, and currently acts as an expert witness in cases of personal injury on golf courses.He has founded and developed several businesses and been a director of a number of private and public companies. He also ran a large charity at one point in his career. Married with two sons, he now lives in South Staffordshire.History and interesting facts have fascinated him since schooldays and he has compiled The Book of Origins.
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