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Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things: Fascinating Stories of Genius, Invention and Accidental Discovery
 
 
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Editors of Reader's Digest.
Publisher Reader's Digest  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 7.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780276445699
Pages/Publication Date 256/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33421
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Illustrated with period engravings and advertising images, this book catalogs the intriguing inspirations behind hundreds of products and practices we take for granted today, from false teeth (the Etruscans made superb ones from bone and ox tooth in 700 BC) to Coca-Cola, which pharmacist John Pemberton marketed in 1886 as an "esteemed brain tonic and intellectual beverage," containing dried coca leaves.
 
 
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