Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stickand presto! The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history.
From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An
Uncommon History of Common Things features hundreds of colorful
illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just
about every subject under the sun. Who knew that indoor plumbing
has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters,
and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the
Dark Ages? Or that ancient soldiers baked a kind of pizza on their
shieldswhen they weren’t busy flying kites to frighten their
Every page of this quirky compendium catalogs something
fascinating, surprising, or serendipitous. A lively, incomparably
browsable read for history buffs, pop culture lovers, and anyone
who relishes the odd and extraordinary details hidden in the
everyday, it will inform, amuse, astonishand alter the way you
think about the clever creatures we call humans.