Crazy Useful Things
A Dictionary of Natural Resources and Their Products
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Have you ever wondered what gum arabic is? Where it comes from, and what it’s used for? Have you ever asked yourself what in the world Europeans ate, before they were introduced to the corn, potatoes, beans, chocolate, coffee and vanilla of the Americas? Or why root beer is called “root beer”? Have you ever wondered how people survived before plastic, and what we will do for fuel when petroleum is gone? Have you ever stopped to wonder how many crazy useful resources are out there in nature, that you’ve never even heard of? Since the beginning, human beings have been accumulating (and sometimes forgetting) knowledge about the resources available to us, and how to use them. Whether you are looking for new foods to try, wanting to start a new business, or are simply curious, begin your journey of inspiration and exploration here, with this dictionary of over 1200 natural resources and their products from around the world and throughout history. Let it spark your imagination, and consider the really big question: How can we take our knowledge from the past and into the present, and turn it into a pleasant and meaningful future?
Want to preview the book before you buy? Check out the blog category Crazy Useful Thing of the Day. The entries are taken directly from the book.