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Illustrations: Marja Nyberg Text: Fredrik Colting

ISBN, paperback: 978-91-86283-09-4 ISBN EBOOK: 978-91-88755-02-5

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Leonardo da Vinci



Poor old Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to the mortals. But that didn’t do him any good. Zeus got pissed off. A little later, 790,000 years ago in Israel, good old Homo erectus figured out how to set a fire all by himself, by striking iron with flint.

Fire helped prehistoric man cook food, make tools and light his cave. It took a while before lighters arrived, though.


The bow and arrow For hundreds of years, people used spears, but they never quite did the trick.

The earliest bow was made in 8000 BC in Germany, a country that knows a thing or two about weaponry.

Bow and arrow was the coolest kid on the block until the gun came along and made it all obsolete.


Language Language probably evolved around 100,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens started hitting on each other. (“Hey, what’s a nice girl like you doin’ in a place like this?)

Language developed a bit faster for women, most likely because they used questions. (“Where were you last night?”)

Men never quite caught up, and many of them still prefer to just nod.

99 Inventions for People in a Hurry explains the history behind 99 of the world's most famous inventions, in just three squares! Who invented the lightbulb? Who was the genius behind the bicycle, the stamp or the airplane? Ever ything is collected in this book! The facts, years, numbers and names! Presented in the most approachable way known to mankind - the three squares. 99 Inventions for People in a Hurry is a brilliant collection of knowledge and entertainment that makes your smart in no time.

ISBN 978-91-86283-09-4

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