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1892. This booklet includes descriptions of varied difficulties of the sort frequently termed Mathematical Recreations and some Essays on a few analogous questions. Contents: Arithmetical Recreations; Geometrical Recreations; Mechanical Recreations; Chessboard Recreations; Magic Squares; Bees and Their Cells; Unicursal difficulties; Kirkman's School-Girls challenge; Miscellaneous difficulties; Calculating Prodigies; Cryptographs and Ciphers; String Figures; and 3 Classical Geometrical difficulties.

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The emperor found the resulting brew refreshing, and soon China had such an obsession with “cha” that a man named Lu Yu, who wrote the definitive Cha Jing, is commemorated by a giant statue in Xi’an. Buddhist monks brought tea from China to Japan a century or so later, where the tea ceremony was developed into a simple but highly formalized ritual that still has a place in Japanese culture today. It took eight centuries more before tea caught on in the West, introduced by Dutch traders. For a while, tea was all the rage at the French court, with one noblewoman writing that a courtier was known to drink 40 cups each morning.

Org Copyright © 2009 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved. Reproduction of the whole or any part of the contents without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Hardcover ISBN 9781426204203 Hardcover (deluxe) ISBN 9781426204210 eBook ISBN 9781426212277 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Patrick, Bethanne Kelly. An uncommon history of common things / by Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4262-0420-3 (direct mail) 1.

Although Nutty Putty did not find its way into military use, the more innocently named Silly Putty became a great hit with children. Among my favorite essays in this book is the one on blue jeans. ” I learned that 16th-century sailors bought “thick cotton indigo-dyed cloth” in the vicinity of Mumbai (Bombay), near a fort called Dongarii. The material was taken to Italy, where it inspired an industry that exported a similar material out of Genoa. ” A related fabric was known as serge de Nîmes, after the French port, from which the familiar term “denim” derives.

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