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Someday approximately 30,000 years in the past, anyone caught a pointy rock right into a break up stick--and presto! The awl used to be born. Our inquisitive species simply loves tinkering, checking out, and pushing the bounds, and this delightfully assorted ebook is a freewheeling connection with thousands of customs, notions, and innovations that replicate human ingenuity all through history.

From hand instruments to vacation trips to guns to washing machines, An unusual background of universal Things positive aspects thousands of colourful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and extra because it explores with regards to each topic below the sunlight. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been round for 4,600 years, yet punctuation, capital letters, and the convenient areas among written phrases purely date again to the darkish a long time? Or that old squaddies baked a type of pizza on their shields--when they weren't busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

Every web page of this quirky compendium catalogs anything attention-grabbing, magnificent, or serendipitous. a full of life, incomparably browsable learn for background buffs, popular culture enthusiasts, and someone who relishes the atypical and remarkable info hidden within the daily, it is going to tell, amuse, astonish--and regulate how you take into consideration the shrewdpermanent creatures we name people.

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