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Einstein's Refrigerator
and Other Stories from the Flip Side of History
by Steve Silverman

Artificial Heart
and More Fascinating True Stories
from Einstein's Refrigerator
by Steve Silverman
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  • Fartman
  • You can really earn a living releasing foul-smelling gas!
  • The Collyer Brothers
  • But where was Langley?
  • Michael Malloy
  • Possibly history's most bizarre murder scheme.
  • The Rooster Booster
  • The feathers will be flying!
  • Ballooning
  • Up, up and away in my beautiful lawn chair…
  • The Great Boston Molasses Disaster
  • History's stickiest disaster.
  • Citicorp Tower
  • Watch our for the Leaning Tower of Citibank.
  • The Lake Peigneur Disaster
  • And away goes the lake down the drain!
  • The Rainman
  • Don’t wish for too much of a good thing…
  • Kitty Litter
  • What’s the scoop?
  • Einstein’s Refrigerator
  • He really did design modern iceboxes.
  • The Foot Thingy
  • Whatchamacallit?
  • America’s First Subway
  • It was one big secret.
  • Vaseline
  • It’s yummy for your tummy!
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Not exactly your typical nerdy inventor with a pocket protector.
  • The Zipper - (different story from the one on the web site!)
  • Hey!  Your fly is open!
  • Nikola Tesla
  • He makes Thomas Edison look like a dummy. 
  • Mike the Headless Chicken
  • He really was a chicken running around with his head cut off.
  • George Washington
  • He was really the 9th President of the United States!
  • Emperor Norton I
  • The USA’s first and only emperor.
  • Pennies for College
  • A college education for just pennies.
  • Fu-Go
  • The strangest weapon of World War II.
  • Bat Bombs
  • The other top-secret weapon.
  • Titanic
  • The curse of Violet Jessop.
  • Poon Lim
  • How did he manage to survive?
  • Mount Pelée
  • How an election killed the entire electorate.
  • Gadsby
  • An E-less novel.
  • Niagara Falls
  • The day that the Falls actually went dry.
  • The Al-Kuwait
  • How Donald Duck helped save the day.
  • The Baby Derby
  • How many babies can a woman have in ten years?
  • The U.S. Camel Brigade
    Something seems just a little out of place here.
  • The U.S. Camel Brigade
    Something seems just a little out of place here.
  • The Flubber Fiasco
    You just can’t keep a good toy down.
  • Philo Farnsworth
    How one boy changed the world…
  • The Great Toilet Paper Shortage
  • Blame it all on Johnny Carson.
  • Fight!
  • Why you should never scream that word in a crowded room.
  • The Exploding Whale
  • Son of Blubber takes flight…
  • The Peshtigo Fire
  • You’ve never heard of it because a cow stole the spotlight.
  • The Horrors of DHMO
  • This stuff is just downright scary.
  • The Matchstick Man
  • The most unusual instrument collection in the world.
  • Eveready Batteries
    He gave the company away to work on model trains. 
  • Murderous Mary
    The day Mary the Elephant was hanged.
  • Pez
  • Available in Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Chlorophyll flavors!
  • Pink Flamingos
  • So tacky, yet so cool.
  • Barbequing
  • Who really needs lighter fluid?
  • Lindbergh’s Artificial Heart
  • He was more than a famous pilot.
  • Reginald Fessenden
  • The world’s first radio broadcaster.
  • Photographic Film
  • Eastman-Kodak’s big loss.
  • The Photocopier
  • The invention that nobody wanted.
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Was he really the first to walk on the moon?
  • AstroNOTS
  • Did they really have the right stuff?
  • Mayday at 41,000 Feet
  • Watch those units...
  • Sir Alfred
  • He’s still there.
  • The Miracle Man
  • Almost does count…
  • 1904 Olympics
  • These games were a sideshow in every sense.
  • Ota Benga
  • The guy that lived in a cage at the zoo.
  • Charles Ponzi
  • Double your money in 90 days.
  • The New English
  • Good luck understanding this one.
  • Murphy’s Law
  • It figures.
  • Arbor Day
  • A forgotten tradition.
  • The Electric Pickle
  • Lets hear it for pickle power!
  • Hiroo Onoda
  • Hey!  The war is over.
  • Rubber Duckies
  • The quack heard around the world.
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