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4.0 out of 5 stars Hairy world up close, July 24, 2005
This review is from: The Secret House: The Extraordinary Science of an Ordinary Day (Paperback)
The things that happen around us every day are very easy to miss unless a time comes when one reaches for a book such as this one.

People think that if it's not in their face, then it doesn't exist, but this book tells you like it is!

It follows an average household in two major sections Day and Night;

Then breaks activities into- morning, midday, afternoon,

then : early evening, dinner continues, Bed & bath.

The writing is humorous at times, scientifically proven, accurate and most of all, very interesting and not hard to comprehend.

If you ever wondered what's in your toothpaste (chalk, water, paint, seaweed, anti-freeze, paraffin oil, detergent, peppermint and formaldehyde),

in your margarine (lard, fish fat, sulfurs, deodorizers, color and some sunflower oil, so that it can be painted on the side of the tub as wholesome),

what's in commercial cake mix, why roses are red, how many dust mites- its dead family members- and their poop you sleep and walk on, the history if the fork, dining room table, music, talk, light bulb, why your blue jeans are blue ( decaying oil produced but certain flowers is the tint) , if you ever knew that the lightning bolt is 5 times hotter than the sun itself, what really happens when you flush the toilet and how many days ( 11 to be exact) suspended germs can hover over it, how long that meat that you buy in the store has been lying around for ( 10 days, for muscles of animal to relax after rigor mortis ) and other bizarre interesting things you touch and breather in, then this is the book for you.

Don't be scared, it won't make anyone an alarmist, but it's a great tool on learning fascinating info and keeping germs at bay.

Knowledge is power. Who knew that invention (the long time it really took) to popularize soap meant end of many plagues and common reasons why people lived do short.

Now you will know many fun facts too. Great read, highly recommended.
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