We Did That?

We Did That?

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Weird Trivia and Strange History
Everyone loves fun trivia! Buckle up for a very odd ride through history and enjoy this trivia book full of stuff you missed in history class. We Did That? is a great bathroom reader gift for people who have everything.

How did we come up with that? Everyone knows about mousetraps, but did you know they were originally inspired by burglar alarms? What was so important to Samuel Hopkins that he became the first person to have a US patent? Many curious creations have been born over the centuries. In this section, author and historian Sophie Stirling dives into the curious minds of inventors and their unique (and sometimes wild) ideas throughout history.

Strange beauty and fashion fads. The phrase "pain is beauty" has a very real history across the globe. Discover painful fashion trends, wooden bathing suits, breast enhancers in the shape of toilet plungers, and death-inducing cosmetics. People are willing to do anything to stay beautiful. But why would ingredients include arsenic, beetles, or "hog's pisse"?

Odd superstitions and folklore. Do you know about the centuries-old Banana Curse? The origin of the Tooth Fairy? Our weird obsession with shoes? Some strange beliefs might seem be the stuff of old wives' tales, but many have become ingrained in our minds. You might be more superstitious than you think!

We Did That? is an entertaining collection of odd history! In this book, you will learn about:

Odd jobs throughout the centuries that will leave you appreciating your day job
Curious inventions that never made it big, or that were the first versions of mainstream products today
Interesting and sometimes gross medical cures and deadly beauty trends
Embarrassing human bloopers and weirdness leaving you wondering...we did that?

If you enjoyed books like Strange History, The Book of Extraordinary Facts, or The Totally Awesome Book of Crazy Stories, then We Did That? should be next on your list.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 272.16g
  • FL, United States
  • English
  • 1642502014
  • 9781642502015
  • 39,455

About Sophie Stirling

Sophie Stirling is a scholar of history and literature, her studies encompassing the folklore of various cultures. She is also a self-professed literature geek, shameless punster, and believes that sharing stories, humor, and reading about history allows us to have a deeper connection with our fellow human beings and gives us a better look into our collective future. Sophie authored We Did That? to share her passion for learning and love for this wild world we live in.
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