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The 5 W's: Why? - An Omnium-Gatherum of World Wars & World Series Superstitions & Psychoses the Tooth Fairy Rule & Turkey City Lexicon & Other of Life's Wherefores - cover

The 5 W's: Why? - An Omnium-Gatherum of World Wars & World Series Superstitions & Psychoses the Tooth Fairy Rule & Turkey City Lexicon & Other of Life's Wherefores

Erin McHugh

Publisher: Union Square & Co.

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Summary

Quirky facts to answer a diverse array of some of life’s big questions from why do couples split up to why do Americans celebrate Groundhog’s Day. 
 
Why do mosquitos love to bite us so much? Why does baseball have a seven-inning stretch? And why do some countries drive on the left of the road? Get the details and data needed to answer an incredible range of questions, from everyday queries to philosophical conundrums. 
 
Why do . . .  
 
 . . . we have standardized measurements? It was King Edward I of England, not a mathmatician, who set a standard of accuracy in certain trades. 
 
 . . . we wear neckties? Neckties proclaim status, occupation, and identity, dating back to Roman times when orators wore them to keep their vocal cords warm. 
 
 . . . brides wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand? For centuries, people believes the vein in that finger went directly to the heart.
Available since: 06/14/2011.
Print length: 128 pages.

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