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A million years in a day : a curious history of everyday life from the Stone Age to the phone age

Author: Greg Jenner
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Jenner
ISBN: 9781250089441 1250089441
OCLC Number: 938703355
Description: xi, 356 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 9.30 a.m. Rise and shine --
9.45 a.m. Answering the call of nature --
10 a.m. A spot of breakfast --
10.45 a.m. Jumping in the shower --
11.15 a.m. Walking the dog --
12 p.m. Keeping in touch --
6 p.m. Picking an outfit --
7 p.m. A champagne aperitif --
7.45 p.m. Dinner --
9.30 p.m. Drinks --
11.45 p.m. Brushing our teeth --
11.53 p.m. Getting into bed --
11.59 p.m. Setting the alarm clock.
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"Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines. This is not a story of politics, wars, or great events. Instead, Jenner has scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs, and Victorian sewers to bring us the most intriguing, surprising, and sometimes downright silly nuggets from our past. Drawn from across the world, spanning a million years of humanity, this book is a smorgasbord of historical delights. It is a history of all those things you always wondered - and many you have never considered. It is the story of your life, one million years in the making"--

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