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Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be (Paperback)

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Description


Do you know how many things in your daily life were invented by accident?
 
SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren’t thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings.

And don't miss Eat Your Words about the fascinating language of food! 

Praise for Mistakes That Worked:

“A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining . . . a gem.” —Booklist, Starred 

About the Author


CHARLOTTE FOLTZ JONES was an author of award-winning nonfiction books for children, as well as numerous magazine articles.

JOHN O'BRIEN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker magazine and has illustrated many popular children's books.

Praise For…


"A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining. Jones has great fun with facts, dredging up plenty in a lively, anecdotal account that recollects the oddball origins of a variety of foods, clothing, toys, and devices....A gem of a book."--Booklist, starred review


Product Details
ISBN: 9780385320436
ISBN-10: 0385320434
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 1st, 1994
Pages: 96
Language: English