HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Firsts: Origins Of Everyday Things That Changed The World

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I think this book sounds like an interesting light read, perfect for trivia and history buffs.

About Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things that Changed the World

ISBN: 9781592579242
Published October 2009, Alpha Books
Price $12.95

Ever wonder when the first cheese in a can was? Or the first person buried on the moon? Or even the first disposable diaper?

Firsts Origins of Everyday Things that Changed the World will trace you through the most unique milestones of human achievement to answer any question you may have about histories firsts.

Written by Wilson Casey, a trivia and FAQ expert, this book is an amazing collection of over 500 firsts on nearly every topic imaginable. From fashion to food, politics to science, entertainment to art, each first entry offers a full explanation of the topic, written in a humorous yet authoritative style.

History and culture buffs can read about firsts such as:

The first cellular phone call: On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, general manager of Motorola’s Communications Systems Division, placed the first call on a cellular phone. Who did he call? His rival, Joel Engel of AT&T’s Bell Labs.

The first Beer: Beer is the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization, with mentions dating to thousands of years ago. Nearly every culture developed its own version of beer, using various grains like millet, maize, cassava, rice, and barley.

The first Brassiere: Around 2500 b.c.e., warrior Minoan women on the Greek isle of Crete began wearing and using a garment resembling a bra. It shoved their bare breasts upward and exposed their breasts from their clothing.

The first Bubble Gum: In 1928, the first marketable bubble gum was invented by 23-year-old Walter E. Diemer, an accountant with the Fleer chewing gum company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Casey conducted research to compile the most historically correct firsts. This book is sincerely dedicated to the real first innovators who are not in history textbooks.


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NJ Mom of 2 boys. – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, a 17 year old with Down Syndrome. Jersey girl. I have three younger brothers, all of whom have children. Social media enthusiast. Ds Advocate. Cat person. I love rock music! I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive.

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  1. I would like to know the origins of the microwave oven because I can’t live without mine. 😉

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  2. I would love to know the origin of ….. stop lights… coffee… the christmas star/angel/topper… lots of things!

  3. Ahhh. the first hair coloring solutions. And who the heck were the
    guinea pigs for those kinds of inventions. Wonder if anyone lost all their hair in the process of experimenting with the solutions? I am one who is glad it was invented, but hope they come up with even safer alternatives than those heavy caustic solution that make you stink for days and obviously aren’t good for you.

  4. I’m always interested in hearing how people first realized you could eat things. How did someone realize that they could pop certain kinds of corn, mix flour and egg and sugar and create a cake, or even something more simple like eating chicken eggs?

  5. I would love to know the first board game. As kids we were given a Monopoly game from a neighbor that was dated 1935. This book would be great to have. Thank you!

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