Blame It on the Rain

Author: Laura Lee
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061739375
Format: PDF, Docs
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An amazing, enlightening, and endlessly entertaining look at how weather has shaped our world. Throughout history, great leaders have fallen, the outcomes of mighty battles have been determined, and the tides of earth-shattering events have been turned by a powerful, inscrutable force of nature: the weather. In Blame It on the Rain, author Laura Lee explores the amazing and sometimes bizarre ways in which weather has influenced our history and helped to bring about sweeping cultural change. She also delights us with a plethora of fascinating weather-related facts (Did you know that more Britons die of sunburn every year than Australians?), while offering readers a hilarious overview of humankind's many absurd attempts to control the elements. If a weather-produced blight hadn't severely damaged French vineyards, there might never have been a California wine industry. . . . What weather phenomenon was responsible for the sound of the Stradivarius? If there had been a late autumn in Russia, Hitler could have won World War II. . . . Did weather play a part in Truman's victory over Dewey? Eye-opening, edifying, and totally unexpected, Blame It on the Rain is a fascinating appreciation of the destiny-altering vagaries of mother nature—and it's even more fun than watching the Weather Channel!

Wie das Wetter Geschichte macht

Author: Ronald D. Gerste
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608108475
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Hitzejahre, klirrende Kälte, Sturmfluten: Eindrucksvoll zeigt Ronald D. Gerste, wie langfristige Klimaveränderungen und einzelne Wetterereignisse sich auf die Gesellschaften und die Kulturen der Menschheit auswirkten und sogar den Verlauf der Geschichte beeinflussten. Erstmals schildert Ronald D. Gerste langfristige Klimaschwankungen und kurzzeitige Wetterepisoden, die das Schicksal der Menschheit geprägt haben, führt die Leser durch verschiedene Epochen und zeigt, welchen Einfluss das Klima und sein Wandel auf die Blüte wie den Zerfall von Kulturen haben. Zugleich betrachtet er auch jene Ereignisse, bei denen das Wetter über einen kurzen Zeitraum – manchmal an nur wenigen Tagen – zum historischen Entscheidungsfaktor wurde. Ein hochaktuelles Buch, das zeigt, dass unsere Geschichte und die Entwicklung unserer Kultur stärker vom Klima und vom Wetter geprägt wurden, als uns bewusst ist.

Rain

Author: Cynthia Barnett
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0804137102
Format: PDF, ePub
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Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain. Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science—the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains—with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It offers a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey’s mopes and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. Rain is also a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume. Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is a book for everyone who has ever experienced it.

Read On History

Author: Tina Frolund
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610694325
Format: PDF
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Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.

18 Miles

Author: Christopher Dewdney
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1773052233
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at our favourite topic — weather We live at the bottom of an ocean of air — 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth’s atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer — 99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm — at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today. 18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather — as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Katrina to Palladio’s architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives readers a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

More Five Minute Writing

Author: Margret Geraghty
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 184528531X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This follow-up book to Margret Geraghty's bestselling The Five Minute Writer contains 50 more inspirational exercises to inspire you to write - even if you have only five minutes a day to spare. Margret also includes a new feature: snippet triggers, which she has designed in order to show readers how they can develop quirky little anecdotes they find in newspapers and regional broadcasts. Each short section offers you a thought-provoking discussion, followed by a five-minute exercise. These daily warm-up exercises can be taken at random and will help you to: Develop a reliable and enjoyable writing routine. Break through the dreaded writing block. Open your mind, step out of your comfort zone and set free your creative thought. Access your inner self and the personal memories that provide an inexhaustible source of story ideas Develop whole-brain techniques for 'stepping outside the box'.

Around the World in 80 Cliches

Author: Laura Lee
Publisher: Wellfleet
ISBN: 1577151348
Format: PDF, Docs
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Travel the world with these incredibly fun cliches! Whether cliches get under your skin or make you laugh, Around the World in 80 Cliches goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. Each phrase and expression comes with an explanation and place of origin. Cheeky and informative, each cliche is presented in such a way that is sure to keep you laughing through all of your adventures!

Savoir Faire

Author: Laura Lee
Publisher: Wellfleet
ISBN: 1577151259
Format: PDF
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Add hundreds of foreign phrases to your daily lexicon and learn about their quirky, fascinating origins! Some foreign phrases are so good they become a sort of lingua franca. They capture the true zeitgeist, where the English translation is just comme ci, comme ca. If you're a linguistics geek or language lover with a curiosity about the origins of the foreign phrases, you need this book on your shelf. Savoir Faire is a beautifully designed reference book that includes approximately 1,000 foreign phrases in languages that run the gamut from French to German to Japanese and more. Entries for each phrase offer precise translations, the surprising origins of expressions, and commonly used terms you didn't even know were foreign. It's possible you'll find a phrase or two that you've been using incorrectly! Savoir Faire will save you from the embarrassment of misusing a foreign phrase and promises to up the ante on your everyday lexicon with hundreds of new phrases. This book also includes phonetic pronunciations for each phrase (you'll be surprised what you've been mispronouncing!) and sidebars that explore the quirks of some favorite expressions. Don't suffer one more trip to the museum asking yourself, "What the heck is trompe l'oeil?" Don't put down yet another Umberto Eco novel out of sheer confusion. And avoid tumbling into the camp of declasse--instead become one of the intelligentsia! This handy pocket guide will make you a true cognoscente of culture.

The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation

Author: Laura Lee
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 0316473464
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation is an A-to-Z illustrated compendium of everyday annoyances--from airline legroom, missing socks, and knuckle cracking to video buffering, telemarketers and internet trolls--complete with truly informative scientific explanations and wry commentary. This collection of 100 headaches, day-ruining events, moment destroying mishaps and infuriating everyday aggravations presents the fascinating facts behind the world's most frustrating situations. Laura Lee's dry, humorous and scientific text explains why fingernails on the chalkboard make you cringe; why people drive slowly in the fast lane; why dripping faucets annoy women more than men; why the other line is always faster than the one you are on; and more. She also gives tips on how to deal with annoying things like brain freeze, hangnails, and that coworker that wears too much perfume. Amazingly, some things are less annoying when you know the facts. Redesigned with enlightening diagrams and witty drawings, The Pocket Guide of Aggravation, finally answers the question, why is that so annoying?

Don t Screw It Up

Author: Laura Lee
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1621450201
Format: PDF, ePub
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Do you know how to tie your shoe? Or do you just think you do but you’ve actually been screwing it up for decades like most people have? This witty, light book takes a fresh spin on all the mistakes we make everyday that end up costing us big in our wallets, our health, our homes, and beyond. Topics covered are Yourself (appearance, skills, all things you), Your Home, Your Cooking, Your Money, Your Relationships & Family, and Your Health. This perfect combination of humor and wisdom entertains readers as they learn how to make their lives better by avoiding and remedying common screw-ups. Things we all mess up: Using chopsticks as spears because you just can't figure them out (Yourself) Throwing Frisbees behind you, sucking at horseshoes, and other game/sporting fouls (Yourself) Living with streaky paint or air bubbles under the wallpaper you screwed up (Your Home) Killing all the houseplants you’ve ever bought (Your Home) Burning the edges and undercooking the middle (Your Cooking) Breaking the yolk every time you flip an egg (Your Cooking Your taxes. Argh. (Your Money) Overdrawing your account and paying a fee even though you have overdraft protection (Your Money) Cracking someone's ribs in the Heimlich maneuver (Your Health) Inability to make a Band-Aid stick or get a Band-Aid off without tearing out your hair (Your Health) Forgetting your loved ones birthdays year after year (Your Relationships & Family) Ruining Christmas with the untimely truth about Santa (Your Relationships & Family) Embarrassing yourself on a date because you don't understand the French menu or the 90-page wine list (Your Relationships & Family) The ways in which we flub and flounder are infinite, and this book taps into that boundless fountain of foul ups in a way that will entertain and enlighten readers of all kinds.