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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know Anything About by Charles W Orton

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know Anything About

by Charles W Orton

166 pages
True facts about things you never gave much thought to.

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Category: History
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About the Book
The true facts about some things you've given little thought to but which you'll be interested in knowing about anyway:

The History of Toilet Paper: Toilet paper's history from its origins in China to the present, with some interesting No. 2 diversions such as which famous writer told his son to use pages from the classics for wiping.

From Monastery to Mall: The True History of the Pretzel: Did Viennese pretzel bakers really save Europe from conquest by the Ottoman Empire? How did the hard pretzel come about? We examine the whole matter, explode some myths, and tell you the truth!

The History of Bathing in America: The Naked Truth and Bare Facts: Featuring H. L. Mencken's fictional history of the American bathtub, which, among other lies, averred that doctors thought bathing was unhealthy and that laws were passed against the practice. Also: the oldest bathtub in the world, which president had the first bathtub in the White House, and other bathing trivia.

Queen Victoria's Official Royal Ratcatcher and First Breeder of Pet Rats: A flamboyant self-promoter, Jack Black caught rats with his bare hands, sang birds down from the trees, and gave pet rats to Queen Victoria and Beatrix Potter.

Marijuana Through the Ages: Marijuana's history as recreational and medicinal drug, as well as how and why it became illegal in the United States.

The Real Dogs of War: Man's best friend has been, and probably always will be, at the soldier's side, helping to win battles and wars.

History of the Birthday Cake: Who came up with this idea? When? Why? And what is it with the candles? And the birthday cards? In this chapter we lay blame where it belongs.

Paranoia Made Public: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles: These strange linoleum tiles with cryptic messages appear in roadways all around the world. Who is doing it, and why?



About the Author
Charles W Orton Charles Wesley Orton has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years. He has published more than 40 other books and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. His works have been translated into several foreign languages, including Latvian, Estonian, and Australian. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.



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