Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?

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Offline Papaw

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Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?
« on: October 13, 2009, 06:06:14 AM »
This short book is a must read for old tool folks. I buy them on Amazon and haf.com quite often for giveaway and sales on Ebay.
Blurb from Barnes & Noble  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Did-Monkeys-Invent-the-Monkey-Wrench/Vince-Staten/e/9780684801322

"Vince Staten, a man raised in a hardware store is offering not only a tour of that mechanical mecca but answers to the questions that have plagued humankind from time immemorial as well. Here, you'll finally discover whether or not the Swiss Army knife is really Swiss. You'll find the answers to essential questions like if cement is 7,000 years old why isn't the entire planet paved? Can you cook a duck in duck tape? Did monkeys invent the monkey wrench? And is there anything that Super Glue won't stick to? Yes, in this book you'll discover the secret history of all the things that hold your house together, and where all the tools that you ever dreamed of having came from.
Publishers Weekly

"The hardware store is to the average man what the dress or hat shop is to a woman," we are told here, but even men who are not average, and women too, will enjoy this compendium. Staten (Can You Trust a Tomato in January?) grew up working in his father's hardware emporium in Tennessee, but here he focuses on the shop of Ronnie Matthews in Winfield, West Virginia, after pointing out that a hardware store is not a do-it-yourself discount outlet or a home improvement center, but rather a place where customers can socialize or buy a single nail if they want. There is etymology in these pages (the monkey wrench was not invented by Charles Moncke or laborer "Monkey" White or monkeys), there is history (the ancient Egyptians invented locks) and there are dozens of amusing anecdotes. The reader will learn such interesting minutiae as the fact that 90% of Americans call duct tape "duck tape." There are also some clever sketches, and it all adds up to fun.  "
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Offline J.A.F.E.

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Re: Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2009, 09:43:06 PM »
I have the very same book! Good recommendation Papaw.
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