By Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson
Someday approximately 30,000 years in the past, anyone caught a pointy rock right into a cut up stickand presto! The awl used to be born. Our inquisitive species simply loves tinkering, checking out, and pushing the bounds, and this delightfully assorted publication is a freewheeling connection with hundreds of thousands of customs, notions, and innovations that replicate human ingenuity all through history.
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Peanut Butter ORIGINAL INVENTORS: INCAS 89 PERCENT OF AMERICANS EAT PEANUT BUTTER NUMBER ONE PEANUT-GROWING STATE: GEORGIA You probably learned in school that African-American agricultural chemist George Washington Carver “invented” peanut butter. It’s true that Carver, who figured out 300 different uses for the peanut, discovered that when ground into a paste, peanuts were delicious and filling. However, Carver did not believe in patenting his findings. “God gave them to me,” he would say about his ideas.
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The “wafer,” as medieval people called it, was cooked between hinged metal plates often embossed with heraldic symbols. Today, the waffle’s indented pattern (source of the term “waffling,” both for fabric and for back-and-forth behavior) provides nooks for toppings. Breakfast Cereal THE TOP FOUR MANUFACTURERS ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN 80% OF INDUSTRY REVENUE: KELLOGG, GENERAL MILLS, POST, AND QUAKER Cold breakfast cereals composed of flakes were invented in the United States (see Parallel History), but breakfasts of different kinds of grains have been consumed for many thousands of years.
An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson