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Uncle John’s Briefs

Uncle John’s Briefs
Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Portable Press (2012)

 

 

Uncle John’s Briefs
Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Portable Press (2012)

Quick Bits
of Fascinating Facts
and Amazing Trivia

By the
Bathroom Readers’
Institute

Bathroom Readers’
Press Ashland, Oregon

OUR “REGULAR”
READERS RAVE!

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Bathroom Reader
. A lavatory without it is like a Pinto without a bumper: You could use it, but who’d want to?”

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are perfect for any occasion. When we needed a housewarming gift, we got an
Uncle John’s
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. We were invited to a birthday party for three men and needed gifts for all three. Not knowing what they liked or needed, we bought three
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—John

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UNCLE JOHN’S BRIEFS
Copyright © 2010 by the Bathroom Readers’ Press (a division of Portable Press). All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. “Bathroom Reader” and “Bathroom Readers’ Institute” are registered trademarks of Baker & Taylor. All rights reserved.
Articles in this edition have been included from the following books:
Uncle John’s Ultimate Bathroom Reader
© 1996;
Uncle John’s Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader
© 1997;
Uncle John’s Great Big Bathroom Reader
© 1998;
Uncle John’s Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Reader
© 1999;
Uncle John’s Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader
© 1999;
Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader
© 2000;
Uncle John’s Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader
© 2001;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History
© 2001;
Uncle John’s Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader
© 2002;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe
© 2002;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for Kids Only
© 2002;
Uncle John’s Unstoppable Bathroom Reader
© 2003;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Great Lives
© 2003;
Uncle John’s Colossal Collection of Quotable Quotes
© 2004;
Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader
© 2004;
Uncle John’s Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader
© 2005;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Tees Off on Golf
© 2005;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Hollywood
© 2005;
Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader
© 2006;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Wonderful World of Odd
© 2006;
Uncle John’s Tales to Inspire
© 2006;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables
© 2006;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Cat Lover’s Companion
© 2006;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Dog Lover’s Companion
© 2007;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Music
© 2007;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into National Parks
© 2007;
Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader
© 2007;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing at Baseball
© 2008;
Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader
© 2008;
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Pennsylvania
© 2009;
Uncle John’s Certified Organic Bathroom Reader
© 2009.
For information, write:
The Bathroom Readers’ Institute,
P.O. Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
www.bathroomreader.com
• 888-488-4642
Cover design by Michael Brunsfeld, San Rafael, CA (
[email protected]
)
eISBN: 978-1-60710-649-4
E-book edition: June 2012

THANK YOU!

The Bathroom Readers’ Institute sincerely thanks the people whose advice and assistance made this book possible
.

Gordon Javna

Amy Miller

Jay Newman

Brian Boone

John Dollison

Thom Little

Michael Brunsfeld

Angela Kern

JoAnn Padgett

Melinda Allman

Sydney Stanley

Monica Maestas

Amy Ly

Lilian Nordland

Ginger Winters

Sarah Rosenberg

David Cully

Mustard Press

Scarab Media

John Javna

Karen Malchow

Publishers Group West

Raincoast Books

The Boxer Rebellion

Long John Silver

Amelia Bloomer

Will Shortz

Porter the Wonder Dog

Thomas Crapper


and the many writers, editors, and other contributors who have helped make Uncle John the bathroom fixture he is today
.

CONTENTS

Because the BRI understands your reading needs, we’ve divided the contents by length as well as subject.

Short
—a quick read

Medium
—2 to 3 pages, but still brief

HEROES & VILLAINS
Short
Odd Superheroes
Medium
Local Heroes
Vampires on Bikini Beach
Local Hero: Leroy Gorham
IT’S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE
Short
Not Exactly Prince Charming
Little Things Mean a Lot
I Apologize
Medium
Baseball’s Disabled (and Embarrassed) List
Unintended Consequences
Oops!
BATHROOM LORE
Short
Died on the John
Medium
Uncle John’s Stall of Fame
Ask Uncle John: In the Bathroom
Fart Facts
PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES
Short
Just Plane Weird
A Dotty Idea
Medium
Wrong Way Corrigan
FADS & FLOPS
Short
Snap, Crackle…Flop!
The Chew-Chew Man
Medium
Toy Fads
TV OR NOT TV
Short
Star Trek
Wisdom
Game Show Goofs
Medium
Flintstone v. Jetson
Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?
AMERICANA
Short
You Yell, We Shell!
Uniquely Presidential
The Joy of Sects: A Quiz
Medium
How to Read a Dollar Bill
Castle in the Desert
Tearing Down the White House
The Sad Tale of Centralia
POP SCIENCE

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