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How World War II Made Americans Brush Their Teeth and Other Illustrated Facts From History

See excerpts from Andy Warner's new book Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

In his new book Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, cartoonist Andy Warner illustrates the stories behind everything from instant noodles to paperclips. Here are just a few of the facts that Warner includes in his histories of toothbrushes, coffee, razors and pencils.

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Images excerpted with permission from Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner (Picador).

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