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Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

  • Author: Charles Panati
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • ISBN: 0785834370
  • Category: History
  • Page: 480
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For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the foremost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of the everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating discovery stories behind over 500 phenomena, including: How chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber. How the potato chip emerged from an act of pique on the part of an Indian named Crum. How a socialite invented the dishwasher because servants too frequently broke her expensive china. Why April Fool's Day started out as New Year's Eve, a joke in itself. How the song 'Happy Birthday to You' began as a kindergarten jingle titled 'Good Morning to All.' How the zipper was one man's attempt to make obsolete not buttons... but shoelaces. How the newlywed husband came to the aid of his accident-prone bride with the invention of the Band-Aid. How the hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage and received its name at a New York baseball game. How a pot-and-pan salesman who baited customers with soapy steel wool pads launched the S.O.S empire. How Drs. Fallopius and Condom made strides in inventing and popularizing a male means of birth control. How the original Goldilocks was a disgruntled, gray-haired crone, tortured by the three bears. How Ketchup became from the Romans, Tabasco sauce from an exiled New Orleans banker, Mayonnaise from a French duke, and A.I. Steak Sauce from a royal chef named Brand.

Sacred Origins of Profound Things

Sacred Origins of Profound Things

The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions

  • Author: Charles Panati
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101656077
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 608
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In this enlightening and entertaining work, Charles Panati explores the origins of hundreds of religious rituals, customs, and practices in many faiths, the reasons for religious holidays and sacred symbols, and the meanings of vestments, sacraments, devotions, and prayers. Its many revelations include: * Why the Star of David became the Jewish counterpart of the Christian cross * What mortal remains of the Buddha are venerated today * How the diamond engagement ring became a standard * That the first pope was a happily married man * How Hindu thinkers arrived at their concept of reincarnation * Why Jews don't eat pork, why some Muslims don't eat certain vegetables, and how some Christians came to observe meatless Fridays Sacred Origins of Profound Things is an indispensable resource for all those interested in the history of religion and the history of ideas--and an inspiring guide to those seeking to understand their faith.

Sundae Best

Sundae Best

A History of Soda Fountains

  • Author: Anne Cooper Funderburg
  • Publisher: Popular Press
  • ISBN: 9780879728540
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 232
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This is the first comprehensive, documented history of the soda fountain. For one hundred fifty years, this popular institution was a community social center, both in big cities and small towns. The evolution of the soda fountain reflected momentous developments in American history— urbanization, the temperance movement and Prohibition, the Great Depression, technical progress, the decline of Main Street, and the rise of car culture and growth of suburbia. The fountain’s evolution was also closely tied to trends in retailing, food service, lifestyles, and the decorative arts.

The Game of Humor

The Game of Humor

A Comprehensive Theory of Why We Laugh

  • Author: Charles R. Gruner
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412836956
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 226
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Humor, wit, and laughter surround each person. From everyday quips to the carefully contrived comedy of literature, newspapers, and television we experience humor in many forms, yet the impetus for our laughter is far from innocuous. Misfortune, stupidity, and moral or cultural defects, however faintly revealed in others and ourselves, seem to make us laugh. Although discomforting, such negative terms as superiority, aggression, hostility, ridicule, or degradation can be applied to instances of humor. According to scholars, Thomas Hobbes's "superiority theory"—that humor arises from mischances, infirmities, and indecencies, where there is no wit at all—applies to most humor. With the exception of good-natured play, Charles R. Gruner claims that humor is rarely as innocent as it first appears. Gruner's proposed superiority theory of humor is all-encompassing. In The Game of Humor, he expands the scope of Hobbes's theory to include and explore the contest aspect of "good-natured" play. As such, the author believes all instances of humor can be examined as games, in terms of competition and keeping score—winners and losers. Gruner draws on a broad spectrum of thought-provoking examples. Holocaust jokes, sexual humor, the racialist dialogue of such comic characters as Stepin Fetchit and Archie Bunker, simple puns, and many of the author's own encounters with everyday humor. Gruner challenges the reader to offer a single example of humor that cannot be "de-humorized" by its agonistic nature. The Game of Humor makes intriguing and enjoyable reading for people interested in humor and the aspects of human motivation. This book will also be valuable to professionals in communication and information studies, sociologists, literary critics and linguists, and psychologists concerned with the conflicts and tensions of everyday life.

Technology Review

Technology Review

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Technology
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God's holidays

God's holidays

  • Author: Melody Drake,Richard Drake
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780927022699
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 223
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Lipstick

Lipstick

A Celebration of a Girl's Best Friend

  • Author: Jessica Pallingston
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Lipstick
  • Page: 215
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Lipstick may just be a concoction of grease and pigment in a fancy tube to some, but for any serious girl it is so much more than a simple cosmetic. Lipstick, more than any other item of make-up, represents hopes, dreams, sex appeal, confidence, daring, make-believe. Lipstick IS womanhood and many women would not dream of facing the world without their lipstick carefully applied. Every time a woman purchases a lipstick she is buying into the dream that this particular shade and texture will make her lips look sexier and more alluring than she had ever dared imagine, even though she probably has several lipsticks in much the same shade. It is no surpise that lipstick sales outnumber those for other beauty products by 4 to 1. Now comes a fitting homage to this most sensual of beauty products from a self-confessed lipstickaholic. LIPSTICK the book is much like the product - fun, sensual, daring, wicked and, of course, KNOWING. From the history of lipstick from Egyptian times onwards, to the allure of lipstick from a man's point of view, to lipstick in movies, art and history, this is a semi-serious study of what many would consider the ultimate accessory and an unsung influence in our culture. LIPSTICK also provides practical tips on how to buy and apply lipstick, what your lipstick shape says about you, what exactly it is made of, how to make your own, how companies name lipsticks and all the other tricks of the trade. Beautifully illustrated with a plethora of pouting lips, and designed to look cute and desirable, this is the ultimate valentine to this emotionally powerful component of a woman's life.

Midwestern Folklore

Midwestern Folklore

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Folklore
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Blind Spots

Blind Spots

Why Smart People Do Dumb Things

  • Author: Madeleine L. Van Hecke
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 256
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Psychologist argues that much of what we label stupidity can better be explained as blind spots. Full of funny, poignant stories about human foibles, Blind Spots offers many insights for improving our social and political lives.

Made in U.S.A.

Made in U.S.A.

The Secret Histories of the Things that Made America

  • Author: Phil Patton
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 402
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From Mickey Mouse to the computer mouse--an intelligent and witty history of products that are uniquely American. This irresistible book is a rich and lively history of the artifacts that built America's economy, defined its character, and satisfied its deepest longings. Photos.