firsts: a book about the origins of things

January 26, 2010 by  
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“Everyday things that changed the world”

firsts: origins of everyday things that changed the world

I admit I’m a self-proclaimed trivia buff so when I saw this book to review I immediately thought it would fit right in my bookshelf.

From Amazon’s listing:
For anyone who ever wanted to know the history of the chocolate chip cookie, earmuffs, and Daylight Savings…

Firsts-history through the milestones of human achievement-are fun. And Wilson Casey, trivia expert, has collected over 500 firsts in nearly every major category of culture: from fashion to food, politics to science, entertainment to art to architec­ture. Each “first” is a full explanation of the topic at hand, written in a humorous yet authoritative style. It includes:

•The true history of the golf tee

•How a blind man came up with cruise control

•The myth behind the origins of the Caesar salad

•Why and how the first dieter dieted

My Review

All the “firsts” listed in the book are in alphabetical order with an index at the front for easy reference.  Most are about half a page in length and include fun details.  One that caught my eye, the first aircraft carrier was the USS Ranger, which my dad served on!  I wonder if he knows this was the first ever boat like that?

From current references to extremely historical ones (anyone know when the first bra was used?  2500 BC!) everyone is sure to find something interesting and amusing in this book.  It would make a great party conversation starter or just a fun coffee table book.  I’m considering buying one as a hostess gift for some friends that I know love trivia as much as I do!  And if you home school, what a great way to start a history lesson!

About the Author
Wilson Casey is one of the country’s foremost trivia aficionados, with a syndicated column, numerous books, and an award-winning website, Since 2000 he has written a daily trivia column for numerous papers, including the Albuquerque Journal, Wilmington Star News (NC), and Spartanburg Herald-Journal (SC), and a weekly Bible Trivia column.

This post was written for Alpha Books who provided the book for review. I was not compensated in any other way.

About the Author: Krista:
Krista writes about her family and life adventures at Welcome to Married Life. Most days you can find stories of her daily life and funny things her sons have done. She also reviews books and posts loads of photos since she is an aspiring photographer.
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3 Responses to “firsts: a book about the origins of things”
  1. 1
    Jane Holiday says:

    I am a huge fan of Wilson Casey, he is simply a genius for me! It’s not easy to collect trivia’s but Wilson Casey can do it without shedding a sweat! How cool is that? His collection is one of the most fantastic collection ever for me! :)
    .-= Jane Holiday´s last blog ..Holiday Cottage in Cornwall =-.

  2. 2

    I am a HUGE trivia fan… my husband says I am a plethora of useless knowledge. This book is right up my alley!! I would love this as a coffee table book… I would devour it!
    Thanks for the great review… I’m going to send this post to my hubby, so he can buy it for me! :-)
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..ABC Wednesday Round Six: Letter B =-.

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    Pam Littlefield says:

    I, too, am a fan of the Trivia Guy WILSON CASEY’s works. He certainly has the knack to entertain and to inform. I’m collecting all his works of which he’s so gracious in autorgraphing them as a Guinness World Record Holder. He doesn’t mind me giving out his email address of, as he we;lcomes readers’ comments. His works are listed here:

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