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Uncle John's Where'd That Come From? supplies the real tales at the back of all kinds of items, even belongings you by no means considered having origins. protecting quite a lot of topics—pop tradition, technological know-how, activities, politics, customs, superstitions, language, and more—you'll detect the main engrossing starting place tales from the BRI's deep files, in addition to a few all-new origin"al fabric! learn about . . .- Why the quantity seven is taken into account fortunate- An plane in historic Egypt, and different OOPAs" (Out Of position Artifacts)- Who positioned the opening in a doughnut, the ok in K-mart, and the e in ebook- car firsts—including the gasoline pump, the solar-powered motor vehicle, and the drag race- the traditional video games that resulted in golfing, and the tale of the boomerang- Louis Perrier, Earl gray, Mrs. Paul, and different tasty namesakes- The origins of toothpaste, the colour pink, the Ming Dynasty, Valentine's Day, the recycle image, Captain Kirk,...
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