Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things

Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things You Undoubtedly Know What A Paperclip Is And How To Use It, But Did You Know That During The Second World War The People Of Norway Adopted Paperclips As A Symbol Of Protest Against The Occupying Nazis Really Useful Tells These And Other Stories Of How The Things We Use Every Day Came Into BeingAs Much A Sociological History As A Compendium Of Entertaining Stories, Really Useful Takes You On A Tour From The Kitchen To The Bathroom To The Office And Beyond Along The Way It Tells Us About The Technology, Design, Social Conditions And Even Intrigue That Contributed To These Remarkable Innovations, Which Include Sliced Bread, Microwave Oven, Coffee, Tea Bags, Corkscrew And Teflon Razor Blades, Band Aids, The Toothbrush, Lipstick And Tissues Air Conditioning, Buttons, Vacuum Cleaners, Stockings And Neon Lights Post It Notes, The Floppy Disk, Smoke Detectors, Fireworks And The Battery Barcodes, Traffic Lights, Parking Meters, Padlocks We Sometimes Curse These Things As Just So Much Clutter But In Fact They Form The Fabric Of Our Daily Lives And We D Be Lost Without Them The Stories Of Their Origins Are As Interesting And Illuminating As These Objects Are Truly Useful

Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specializing in science and history He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Little Book of Conspiracies and Scientific Feuds From Galileo to the Human Genome Project PHOBIAPEDIA is his first book for children.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things
  • Joel Levy
  • English
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9781552976227

10 thoughts on “Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things

  1. says:

    A beautifully illustrated, clearly written book about the dullest crap imaginable.The outline of most of the articles is It used to be hard to do X Somebody had this idea to make it easier better to do X Somebody else refined the idea and patented it Now everybody uses this invention to do X, tra la There s not a lot of depth, which would have improved the book tremendously An occasional 10 page essay on the oddball histories would have broken up the sameness As it stands, the range is from A the better part of the way to B.Two of the stars are for the art direction, which is brilliant They found the best, most striking photos of boring household items and cropped them to look genius But sadly, it s all sizzle, folks.

  2. says:

    A quick and easy read on the basic origins of some common household products It s information you can find anywhere, but the purpose of this book seems to be as a fun and informative FYI on some useful items we all have around our homes.The book is broken out into two sections inside world and outside world, with the latter being quite a larger section than the former Some of my favorites were the dishwasher, paper milk cartons Tetra Paks , sliced bread, toilets and toilet paper, lipstick, feminine hygiene products, bras, buttons, condoms, kites, frisbees, and fireworks.

  3. says:

    A book appropriate for teens and up but really an adult non fiction title , this has mostly 1 2 page summaries about the basic items we find inside and outside every day that is how the book is split up Some of my favorite items covered include the dishwasher, toilets and toilet paper, lipstick, feminine hygiene products, buttons, kites, frisbees, and fireworks.

  4. says:

    Kind of a side table book the text to illustration ration isn t right for coffee table The sort of book to pick up and read one or two entries at a time Each history of an everyday object seems to have at least one really interesting tidbit and the book is very good looking.

  5. says:

    I really loved this book I love to know how every day items came to be Also this book doesn t list items alphabetical like most books of this nature Items are explained in categories like Kitchen, Bedroom, etc.

  6. says:

    This book gives you a unique veiw of common things all over the world It is very refreshing.

  7. says:

    Being a naturally inquisitive person, I really enjoyed reading this.

  8. says:

    Pretty good histories of random everyday things Good trivia

  9. says:

    A book a friend had and I thought looked interesting, took it on a trip to read while riding in the vehicle

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