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Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World Paperback – October 6, 2009

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About the Author

Wilson Casey, a.k.a. the Trivia Guy, is one of the country's foremost trivia aficionados, with a syndicated column, an award-winning website (TriviaGuy.com), and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running radio trivia broadcast.  Since 2000, he has written a daily trivia column for numerous newspapers around the country, while King Features Syndicate nationally distributes his weekly "Bible Trivia" column.  His trivia is now carried in over 500 newspapers and reaches millions of readers. Casey lives in Spartanburg, SC, and when not researching and compiling trivia, he's in demand as a national speaker, entertainer, and public performer with live trivia and inspirational appearances.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579242
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilson's book includes a little bit of everything--from the origin of artificial organs to the origin of the first burger chain. I discovered so many intriguing "firsts" that I had never known before: That the first Advice Column dated back to 1898, that the fortune cookie was actually an American invention, and that Sir Barton was the first winner of the American Triple Crown. The origins of the birth control pill, the Caesarean Operation, and mouthwash were extremely interesting to say the least and more than a little disconcerting. The book includes some wonderful trivia such as the fact that some of the ashes of the astro-geologist Eugene Shoemaker are buried on the moon and the history behind the founding of the world's first pet cemetery. I love the fact that the material is alphabetically arranged, and this book would make a great gift for some of those hard-to-shop-for people in your life!
Highly Recommended!
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There's a story behind everything, you just might not notice it. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a compilation of quick facts and intriguing anecdotes about the many things in our lives that go unnoticed, despite having their origins ranging from decades to millennia ago. From breakthrough medical procedures, to the first evils of humanity, to technological innovations, Wilson Casey prevents an endlessly fascinating array of trivia. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a top pick and very recommended read.
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Extensively researched and well written. Mr Casey has added to our factual knowledge and de-bunked a few myths. Whether you are a Jeopardy fanatic or just want to show off around the water cooler..."Firsts" should be required reading.
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I like how it gives historical dates, and estimates, instead of just guessing, it is accurate, and even has the current president in it, made it while he was elected. well organized, and you will definetley learn something

I also enjoyed facts about famous food brands

http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Knowledge-Presents-Fascinating-Nutshell/dp/1579123562/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341189204&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=facts+about+famous+food+brands

deffinetley worth $3 no more than $6
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Interesting
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