Please help me find this public domain book.
May 3, 2011 10:18 PM   Subscribe

I once found -- on Project Gutenberg, I think -- a book that tried to exhaustively answer many ordinary questions about how things are made or where they come from. I think it was from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Help me find it?


"Where does X come from?"

X comes from the sands of Afghanistan. It grows as the fruit of a bush called Y.

"What sort of other things is bush Y used for?"

Bush Y is also used to weave ceremonial rugs.

"What are ceremonial rugs used for?"


Thanks for any help!
posted by circular to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Was it The Book of Wonders?
posted by AkzidenzGrotesk at 10:27 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Things of every-day use?
posted by tatma at 10:36 PM on May 3, 2011

Or Our World?
posted by tatma at 10:54 PM on May 3, 2011

These are all great answers...hadn't seen any of these books before. Unfortunately my book's not in there :-(
posted by circular at 9:16 AM on May 4, 2011

Chats on Household Curios?
posted by tatma at 1:46 PM on May 4, 2011

Hm, nope.
posted by circular at 4:16 PM on May 4, 2011

Bingo. Very impressive, tatma, thank you for your help!
posted by circular at 6:48 PM on May 4, 2011

You are certainly welcome :) Actually, I found it by chance. It just caught my eye when I was changing pages.
posted by tatma at 7:01 PM on May 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

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