Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner

By Andy Warner

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Hilarious, enjoyable, and illustrated histories at 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 gadgets is a photograph 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. established round the various destinations in our domestic and day-by-day life—the kitchen, the rest room, the workplace, and the grocery store—award-nominated illustrator Andy Warner lines the usually striking and infrequently complicated histories at the back of the goods we frequently take with no consideration. Readers find out how Velcro was once created after a Swiss engineer took his puppy for a stroll; how a naval engineer invented the Slinky; a German housewife, the espresso clear out; and an intensive feminist and anti-capitalist, the sport Monopoly. this is often either a booklet of histories and a booklet approximately histories. It explores how lies develop into legends, alternate routes spring up, and empires upward thrust and fall—all from the point of view of your toothbrush or toilet.

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