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Current Issue Number 101 Vol. 35 October 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHO KNEW?
WHO KNEW?:

WHO KNEW?: Things You Didn’t Know About Things You Know Well, by David Hoffman. Shelter Harbor Press (www.shelterharborpress.com), 2016, 201 pp., $6.98. ISBN 978-1-62795-061-9. Click here to purchase.

I loved the subtitle to WHO KNEW?: things you didn’t know about things you know well. Hoffman provides some fascinating stories of the origination of things we take for granted. For example: a major at-home and door-to-door cosmetics company got its start from the Stafford-Upon-Avon volumes of Shakespeare sold to housewives. The wives really loved the complimentary vials of perfume that came along with the purchase. Thus, Avon was born.

When a disposable ballpoint pen became popular in Europe, a French businessman by the name of Marcel Bich (pronounced “bitch”) dropped the H from his name and called his pen the “Bic.”

My favorite story is about how a chef at a Saratoga Springs, N.Y. hotel was angry when a wealthy diner sent back undercooked French fries in disgust. So the chef exacted his “revenge” by slicing potatoes very thin, immersing them in cold water and vat-frying the daylights out of them. The guest sent back his compliments and requested another order. Who would have known that anger and revenge resulted in the multi-billion-dollar potato chip industry?
Andrew Andrews

 


 

ORIGIN THE EMERALD CIRCUS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DRACULA SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

THE GAME BEFORE THE MONEY Click on Book Cover for Our Review OTHER WORDLY

WHO KNEW? Oh The Meetings You'll Go To LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON COWBOYS When the Night Owl Screams

NORTH AND CENTRAL THE MISTLETOE KISS CHRISTMAS AT HARRINGTON’S

MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTAN GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED AN IRISH COUNTRY PRACTICE THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK

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