Discover the Surprising History of Ordinary Things
"Emily magically weaves a vibrant history of simple everyday objects we often take for granted. The Story Behind will surprise and delight, encouraging you to give everything a second look." Deana Marie, Creator & Host of the Twisted Philly podcast
#1 Best Seller in Trivia & Fun Facts
Learn the fascinating history and trivia you never knew about things we use daily from the host of The Story Behind podcast.
Everyday objects and major events in history. Every single thing that surrounds us has a story behind it. Many of us learn the history of humans and the major inventions that shaped our world. But what you may not have learned is the history of objects we surround ourselves with every day. You might not even know how the major events in history (World Wars, ancient civilizations, revolutions, etc.) influenced the inventions of things we use today.
The history and science behind the ordinary. From the creator of The Story Behind podcast comes this revelatory new book. The Story Behind provides insight into everyday objects we don't think much about as we use them. Topics covered in Emily's podcast are examined in more detail along with new fascinating topics. Learn how lollipops got started in Ancient Egypt, how podcasts were invented, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and the espionage beginnings of certain musical instruments. Ordinary things from science to art, food to sports, customs to fashion, and more are explored.
Discover the fascinating story behind things:
Learn obscure history and fun facts and change the way you see the world
Discover how major historic events still affect us today through seemingly mundane things
Become a formidable trivia master
If you have enjoyed books such as Now I Know, What If?, Ever Wonder Why?, The Greatest Stories Never Told, or Atlas Obscura; you will be entertained by The Story Behind.