Pop culture meets pop reference in this irreverent tour of twenty unlikely events, innovations, and individuals that forever changed the way we live. Veteran journalists Smith and Kiger make the offbeat their beat, offering fascinating explanations for the perplexing mysteries of modern life: Lawns: If most homeowners hate yard work, why does every home have a lawn? The Sexual Revolution: Was it really sparked by the disastrous honeymoon of a science geek? Convenience Food: When did convenience become more important than the food? Diets: In the best-fed country on earth, how did thin become "in"? Entertaining and always enlightening, Poplorica ensures you'll never look at a disposable diaper or a black-velvet painting the same way again.Smith, Martin J. is the author of 'Poplorica a Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore that Shaped Modern America', published 2005 under ISBN 9780060535322 and ISBN 0060535326.