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คำที่เกี่ยวข้อง WORDS FOR WISDOM & FOR FUN

Synopsis: BOOK OF NICE, THE

Nice is the secret ingredient to a better life. It makes us happy. It may even be what makes us civilized-when we say thank you, shake hands, send flowers, we're doing the nice things that bring people together.?A compulsive and chunky book for lovers of trivia, popular history, customs, and culture-and a perfect gift to say "you're nice"-The Book of Nice is an entertaining, quirky compendium of those signs, traditions, and expressions that we so often take for granted, yet turn out to be quite fascinating. It's about why we cover a yawn (originally to prevent evil spirits from entering our bodies, now to hide the impression that something's boring us). About holiday traditions-it's thanks to Guy Lombardo's December 31 broadcast in 1929 that we now sing "Auld Lang Syne" on New Year's Eve. About customary offerings-the wedding cake evolved out of the Roman use of wheat as a symbol of fertility (and it's much tastier than bits of grain). And about those simple yet essential niceties-how Thomas Edison championed an obscure term, "hello" (if Alexander Graham Bell had gotten his way, we'd all be saying "ahoy").

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ISBN 9780761172949
Weight 0.299
Publisher WORKMAN PUBLISHING CO.
Book Size (cm.) 101x152x30
Language English
Number of Pages 428

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Nice is the secret ingredient to a better life. It makes us happy. It may even be what makes us civilized-when we say thank you, shake hands, send flowers, we're doing the nice things that bring people together.?A compulsive and chunky book for lovers of trivia, popular history, customs, and culture-and a perfect gift to say "you're nice"-The Book of Nice is an entertaining, quirky compendium of those signs, traditions, and expressions that we so often take for granted, yet turn out to be quite fascinating. It's ab view all

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CHETWYND, JOSH

about author

I'm a journalist, broadcaster, book writer, lawyer, and former baseball player. All of this has led to a life filled with nice Zelig-like moments, including (but not limited to) flying on Air Force One, walking down the red carpet at the Academy Awards, doing live radio color commentary at the World Series, co-hosting a national TV show, arguing a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, negotiating professional contracts for athletes, and representing Great Britain in baseball -- in addition to playing the sport as a professional on two continents. I've also written five books on such eclectic topics as the orgins of all things nice, the stories behind our favorite sports and recreation balls, European baseball, and the history of accidental discoveries and unexpected inspirations in the kitchen. So why do I write about these seemingly varied topics? I love an underdog -- whether it's the often discarded concept of nice, the rarely contemplated sports ball or the history of baseball in places like the Netherlands or Croatia. For the most part, I seek out stories that most people either think are so mundane as not to be interesting (when in reality they are riveting) or, on the other end of the spectrum, are considered obscure but really have an impact on our daily lives. Who knew that the development of billiard balls led to our everyday use of plastics? Or the word "Hello" only became a regular conversation opener following a war of words (so to speak) between Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell? No doubt, some readers are aware of these historical moments but, hopefully, there are enough of those types of tales in my work to make even the mos...

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