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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