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Stories behind everyday things

Author: Jane Polley; Peter Chaitin; Reader's Digest Association.
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents 300 articles containing little-known information about "things" that figure in everyday life, such as advertising, shoe polish, ketchup, pajamas, and zippers.
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Polley; Peter Chaitin; Reader's Digest Association.
ISBN: 0895770687 9780895770684
OCLC Number: 6524936
Notes: At head of title: Reader's digest.
Includes index.
Description: 416 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Responsibility: [editor, Jane Polley ; contributing writers, Peter Chaitin and others].

Abstract:

Presents 300 articles containing little-known information about "things" that figure in everyday life, such as advertising, shoe polish, ketchup, pajamas, and zippers.

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Acronym -- Adhesive bandage -- Aerosol can -- Air conditioning -- Airplane -- Ambulance -- Antiseptic -- Apple -- Aspirin -- Assembly line -- Attic -- Auction -- Automobile -- Balloon -- Bar -- Barbershop -- Baseball -- Bathroom -- Battery -- Beard -- Bed -- Beer -- Belt -- Bicycle -- Bikini -- Bingo -- Binoculars -- Birth control -- Board game -- Bottle -- Bowling -- Brassiere -- Bread -- Breakfast cereal -- Brick -- Broom -- Butter -- Button -- Calendar -- Camera -- Candy -- Canning -- Carbonated drink -- Cartoon -- Cash register -- Cat -- Ceramics -- Chair -- Cheese -- Chest of drawers -- Chewing gum -- Chicken -- Chocolate -- Chromium -- Cigar -- Cigarette -- Clock -- Cloth -- Coal -- Cockroach -- Coffee -- Coin-operated machine -- College -- Comic strip -- Common cold -- Commuter -- Computer -- Concrete -- Cookbook -- Cork -- Corn -- Cosmetics -- Cracker -- Credit card -- Crossword puzzle -- Decimal system -- Delicatessen -- Dentist -- Dentures -- Deodorant -- Department Store -- Detective story -- Diamond -- Diary -- Dice -- Dictionary -- Diesel engine -- Discount store -- Dishwasher -- Doctor -- Dog -- Doll -- Doughnut -- Drinking vessel -- Drinking water -- Drugstore -- Dry cleaning -- Duplicating -- Dust -- Dye -- Elevator -- Envelope -- Eraser -- Eyeglasses -- Fad -- Fast food -- Fire fighting -- Fishing -- Flag -- Food processor -- Footwear -- Frozen food -- Furnace -- Gadget -- Garbage -- Garden -- Genealogy -- Glass -- Glue -- Gold -- Golf -- Graffiti -- Guitar -- Hairstyles -- Hamburger -- Hand -- Highway -- Hosiery -- Hospital -- Hot dog -- Hotel -- Housefly -- Houseplant -- Hypodermic -- Ice cream -- Influenza -- Insurance -- Intelligence test -- Iron -- Jacket -- Jeans -- Jewelry -- Jigsaw puzzle -- Juke box -- Jury -- Ketchup -- Kitchen -- Knife, fork, spoon -- Lawn -- Lawyer -- Library -- License plate -- Light bulb -- Loan -- Lock and key -- Magazines -- Mail -- Marriage -- Matches -- Milk -- Mirror -- Mobile home -- Money -- Motorcycle -- Movie -- Mustard -- Nail -- Necktie -- Newspapers -- Numbers -- Oil -- Opinion poll -- Oranges -- Packaging -- Pain -- Pajamas -- Pants -- Paper -- Paper clip -- Parking meter -- Passport -- Pasta -- Peanut -- Pen -- Pencil -- Penicillin -- Pension -- Pepper -- Perfume -- Plastic -- Playing cards -- Plywood and veneer -- Police -- Potato -- Printing -- Purse -- Quilt -- Radio -- Raincoat -- Razor -- Refrigeration -- Restaurant -- Roller skates -- Rope -- Rose -- Rubber -- Rug -- Safe and vault -- Safety pin, pin, and needle -- Salad -- Salt -- Sandpaper -- Sandwich -- Saw -- Scale -- Scandal -- Scissors -- Screw, nut and bolt -- Service station -- Sewing machine -- Shipping -- Shoe polish -- Shoplifting -- Shovel -- Sidewalk -- Sign -- Silver -- Silver -- Skiing -- Skyscraper -- Sleep -- Sleeping pill -- Sneeze -- Soap -- Souvenir -- Spice -- Sponge -- Stapler -- Steel -- Stereo -- Stereotype -- Stock exchange -- Stunts -- Subway -- Sugar -- Suitcase -- Swimming -- Symbiosis -- Table linen -- Taxicab -- Tea -- Telephone -- Television -- Tennis -- Thermometer -- Thread -- Tonsillectomy -- Toothbrush -- Toothpick -- Tourism -- Towel -- Traffic light -- Train -- Translation -- Typewriter -- Umbrella -- Underwear -- Uniform -- Vaccine -- Vacuum cleaner -- Vitamins -- Washing machine -- Weather -- Weeds -- Wine -- X-ray -- Yawn -- Yogurt -- Zipper -- Zoo.

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