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Eat Your Words

release date: Aug 07, 2018
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Eat Your Words
Baked Alaska, melba toast, hush puppies, and coconuts. You'd be surprised at how these food names came to be. And have you ever wondered why we use the expression "selling like hotcakes"? Or how about "spill the beans"? There are many fascinating and funny stories about the language of food--and the food hidden in our language! Charlotte Foltz Jones has compiled a feast of her favorite anecdotes, and John O'Brien's delightfully pun-filled drawings provide the dessert. Bon appetit!

Mistakes That Worked

release date: Oct 11, 2016
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Mistakes That Worked
Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!

Mistakes that Worked

release date: Jan 01, 2016
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Mistakes that Worked
"Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident? Sandwiches came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. Potato chips were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren't thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have [interesting] stories behind them, too"--

Eat Your Words

release date: May 12, 2015
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Eat Your Words
Baked Alaska, melba toast, hush puppies, and coconuts. You'd be surprised at how these food names came to be. And have you ever wondered why we use the expression "selling like hotcakes"? Or how about "spill the beans"? There are many fascinating and funny stories about the language of food--and the food hidden in our language! Charlotte Foltz Jones has compiled a feast of her favorite anecdotes, and John O'Brien's delightfully pun-filled drawings provide the dessert. Bon appetit!

Mistakes That Worked

release date: Feb 28, 2014
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Mistakes That Worked
From Frisbees to X-Rays, Post-It Notes to penicillin, here are the fascinating stories behind the accidental inventions of 40 things, including Coca-Cola, potato chips, Silly Putty, the Slinky, and many other familiar items.

Accidents May Happen

release date: Aug 31, 2011
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Accidents May Happen
From Wheaties to telephones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, here are the inspiring and often funny stories of 50 mistakes and misunderstandings that helped bring about life as we know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky facts, this fascinating compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."

The King who Barked

release date: Jan 01, 2009
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The King who Barked
Stories about real animals who have held positions of leadership, from mayor to king.

Westward Ho!

release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Westward Ho!
A collective biography of eleven men who explored the American West in the 18th and 19th centuries, including ship's officers, fur traders, and Army officers.

Eat Your Words

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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Eat Your Words
Discusses the history and meaning of all kinds of food-related words and phrases and describes customs and beliefs about various foods.

Fingerprints and Talking Bones

release date: Feb 09, 1999
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Fingerprints and Talking Bones
Describes the many different methods used to solve crimes, including skeletal and facial reconstruction, botanical or geological information, voiceprints, and hypnosis.
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