Lindbergh's Artificial Heart: More Fascinating True Stories from Einstein's Refrigerator

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003 - Humor - 183 pages
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Several years ago, a New York high school teacher began using the Internet to post strange-but-true history and science factoids for his students to read. What began as an interesting Web site for students at Chatham High School soon became an internationally recognized page that garnered numerous awards, including Yahoo's Site of the Week. In 2001, some of the stories were assembled into Einstein's Refrigerator, which has been translated into Korean and Chinese.Now comes silliness squared with Lindbergh's Artificial Heart, author Steve Silverman's second collection of offbeat and often hilarious stories that offer a fascinating side of history that's not usually taught in school. o Lindbergh's artificial heart: Few people know it, but the famous aviator spent considerable time working on an artificial heart.o Exploding whale: What did the Oregon Department of Transportation do with a dead whale that washed up on one of its beaches? Suffice it to say their decision to blow it up was quite the blubber blunder.o Nose picking: Delve into the humorous findings of a study of this bad habit conducted by one of our institutions of higher learning.o The fastest charcoal lighter ever: Using liquid oxygen at your family barbecue may speed up the cooking, but it does have it's drawbacks . . . such as the fact that it vaporizes your grill. Carefully researched and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, the entertaining and educational stories within this book's 192 pages-many never before shared on-line or otherwise-will delight students and teachers alike. Several years ago, a New York high school teacher began using the Internet to post strange-but-true history and science factoids for his students to read. What began as an interesting Web site for students at Chatham High School soon became an internationally recognized page that garnered numerous awards, including Yahoo's Site of the Week. In 2001, some of the stories were assembled into Einstein's Refrigerator, which has been translated into Korean and Chinese.Now comes silliness squared with Lindbergh's Artificial Heart, author Steve Silverman's second collection of offbeat and often hilarious stories that offer a fascinating side of history that's not usually taught in school. o Lindbergh's artificial heart: Few people know it, but the famous aviator spent considerable time working on an artificial heart.o Exploding whale: What did the Oregon Department of Transportation do with a dead whale that washed up on one of its beaches? Suffice it to say their decision to blow it up was quite the blubber blunder.o Nose picking: Delve into the humorous findings of a study of this bad habit conducted by one of our institutions of higher learning.o The fastest charcoal lighter ever: Using liquid oxygen at your family barbecue may speed up the cooking, but it does have it's drawbacks . . . such as the fact that it vaporizes your grill. Carefully researched and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, the entertaining and educational stories within this book's 192 pages-many never before shared on-line or otherwise-will delight students and teachers alike.
 

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you just cant keep a good toy down
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blame it all on johnny carson
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why you should never scream that word in a crowded room
10
son of blubber takes flight
12
youve never heard of it because a cow stole the spotlight
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this stuff is just downright scary
18
the creative mind at work
21
the most unusual instrument collection in the world
23
did they really have the right stuff?
78
watch those units
84
still there
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something seems just a little out of place here
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almost does count
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these games mere a sideshow in every sense
100
it all being human
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the good old days werent as good as you think
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he gave the company away to work on model trains
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available in eucalyptus peppermint and chlorophll flavors
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so tacky yet so cool
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who really needs lighter fluid?
36
lindberghs artificial heart
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how one boy changed the world
44
the worlds first radio breadcaster
53
eastman kodaks big loss
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the invention that nobody wanted
64
hard to believe
71
was he really the first to walk on the moon?
73
the guy that liued in a cage at the zoo
112
the day mary the elephant was hanged
118
double your money in ninety days
122
good luck understanding this one
128
hmmm
133
it figures
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a forgotten tradition
140
lets hear it for pickle power
144
heylthewarisouer
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the quack heard around the world
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About the author (2003)

Steve Silverman is a science teacher at Chatham High School, near Albany, N.Y. He currently teaches physics, earth science, and computer science. Most of the stories found in his two books, Einstein's Refrigerator and Lindbergh's Artificial Heart, are stories he first shared in his classroom or with friends via e-mail. In addition to teaching, Steve runs a pet business with his brother that has the largest on-line selection of hermit crab supplies in the world. He lives in Chatham, N.Y. His Web site is www.uselessinformation.org.

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