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

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

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The greatest discoveries are made outside the classroom Learn all about mistakes that changed the world with this collection of the strange stories behind everyday inventions It's no accident that you'll love this book

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.

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"A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining . . . a gem." --Booklist, Starred Review

Author: Charlotte Foltz Jones
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 05/01/1994
Pages: 96
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.51lbs
Size: 8.06h x 8.01w x 0.34d
ISBN: 9780385320436
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.8
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 159342 / Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/16/1994

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.
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