Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World by Wilson Casey

By Wilson Casey

For an individual who ever desired to be aware of the historical past of the chocolate chip cookie, earmuffs, and sunlight Savings...

Firsts-history throughout the milestones of human achievement-are enjoyable. And Wilson Casey, trivialities specialist, has amassed over 500 firsts in approximately each significant classification of tradition: from style to nutrients, politics to technological know-how, leisure to artwork to architec­ture. every one "first" is a whole clarification of the subject to hand, written in a funny but authoritative sort. It comprises:

•The actual heritage of the golfing tee

•How a blind guy got here up with cruise keep watch over

•The fantasy at the back of the origins of the Caesar salad

•Why and the way the 1st dieter dieted

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On April 2, 1889, Hall obtained a patent for producing aluminum electrically instead of chemically, thus reducing its costs. His cookware met with indifference until 1903, when Wannamaker’s department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, allowed a demonstration of aluminum cookware’s unique abilities. A chef made apple butter in a lightweight aluminum pan without the need to stir it. That one gesture made the cookware’s popularity skyrocket. Soon aluminum pots and pans become standard kitchen equipment almost everywhere.

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