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The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market—Throne Sitters—and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces.

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  • Series: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Press; 23rd Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607101831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607101833
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1988, the Bathroom Readers' Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and anywhere else, for that matter). Our crack staff works year-round to bring you the publishing industry's most absorbing anthologies of history, humor, origins, flops, fads, quotes, puzzles, kids' stuff, and more. Today, with more than 15 million books in print and a membership base topping 40,000 loyal readers, the movement begat by Uncle John is stronger than ever. In fact, the "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader" series in the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the world.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2010
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In some respects, the word "Heavy" in the title of this 23rd Edition of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader might refer to the hefty nature of the book. UNCLE JOHN'S HEAVY DUTY BATHROOM READER clocks in at 538 pages; that's almost two pounds of book! More importantly, it's stuffed full of the interesting, oddball, "didn't-know-that" info that Uncle John readers relish.

In terms of format, why mess with a winner? Edition 23 has the same mix of quick reads, two-three page articles, longer pieces and "extended" articles that have made the Bathroom Readers so successful.

In this case, Uncle John enlightens readers on the following:

famous food origins;
final concerts of famous performers;
a three-parter on smart birds;
funny church board messages;
185 uses for a pig;
bathroom-themed art;
famous gangster couples;
food dinosaurs ate;
people you thought were Americans but aren't;
a three-parter on Esperanto;
popular myths;
"Monopoly" game facts;
forgotten cartoon characters (think "Chilly Willy," etc.);
phobias of the rich and famous;
products that flopped;
fatal first flights;
weird fish stories;
good deeds done by celebs;
and - my favorite - a four-parter on explorers "who strode bravely into the face of the unknown and never came back"...and much, much more.

In short, you're sure to find something interesting in UNCLE JOHN'S HEAVY DUTY BATHROOM READER. So, a big thumb's-up to Edition 23!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. C Sheehy on December 15, 2010
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What more can be said of a book that is in its 23rd edition and keeps on getting better! This series is so entertaining and delightful that even its great length, almost 500 pages, hardly seems a bother. The various stories are so entertaining they stagger the imagination. The anthrax story is very interesting as is the one dispelling various conspiracy theories.

If you enjoy being entertained and maybe learning something in the process than this book is for you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Featherly on November 17, 2010
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I love all the bathroom reader books. I read them at bedtime, and they give me great pieces of information to use as conversation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild on October 5, 2011
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Wow! it's 2010 with this 23rd Edition in this fantastic series.Who would have thought it would continue for so long;and not only continue ,but keep getting better with each Edition?
This is a big one,with 544 pages no less.It has a mixture of just about everything.We continue to get the "bullets" at the bottom of every page.Short items, as well as longer and more detailed ones.In this edition,as usual,you're going to find the answer to all kinds of things that you've probably wondered about for years.Even if you are the type that never wonders about anything,and just takes life as it is presented to you,you're still going to read about all kinds of things that will not only inform you ,but amaze you as well.Then again,you may even find things here that really don't interest you,but that is not a problem,just turn a couple of pages,and you'll be faced with something that will.

Just to point out to someone who is "new" to these readers; the don't become dated.Any visit to your bookstore will give you a section with the latest as well as a shelf full of previously published Editions.I can't think of any other series of books that you can say that about.I have been a longtime fan of "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" and have a large collection of those books.Ripley's has been publishing them since I was a kid,continue to do so,and they keep getting better all the time.While there is a lot of similarity between Uncle John's and Ripley's;one great difference is that once published ,Ripley's soon disappear from the bookshelves---but not so with Uncle John'sReaders.
I have also remained faithful to some other things and it is disappointing when they disappear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kallah on July 3, 2011
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I've been a fan of the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series for the better part of 10 years now, and this one lives up to all my expectations. It's packed with trivia, history, a handful of mental tricks and games, and all the other useless knowledge I've grown to love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DubStep on October 18, 2011
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This will keep you in the bathroom much longer than you probably want to stay. Full of totally useless information that you will find yourself repeating in conversations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Franco on January 21, 2011
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Still funny. Still insightful. Still pushing hard to find new tidbits of information. But unfortunately this addition to the Bathroom Reader series does not quite reach the quality of books past. That said, for those readers who have ruminated over every previous Bathroom Reader and are dying for the next installment, this book will come as a welcome relief.

I would recommend that newcomers buy The Best of the Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (Uncle John's Bathroom Readers) instead.
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I always enjoy reading Uncle John's books. I am entertained and educated at the same time. I always find some fact or tip that I didn't know and am able to share with family and friends later. Some of them think I am really intelligent. Some of them think I am just a smart aleck, some of them think I make up all my facts. Sometimes they are all correct. But reading these books is still fun.
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