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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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Product Details

  • Series: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Press; 23rd ed. 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 (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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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As usual, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader- Heavy Duty edition is a real hoot. I have been reading these books for a very long time and I love all of them. I never hesitate to buy a new one and enjoy it. If you haven't read one of these, boy are you missing out!
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Not a bad read, but these types of books sort of get old and tiresome for me. Although, if you read it for a bit, then put it down for a couple of weeks, it remains enjoyable. Someone else may enjoy reading these types of book repeatedly, but for me, it is a space filler when between books.
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By Swede on February 20, 2014
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this book was sort of a disappointment - too many long stories about subjects that didn't interest me, and there were some other items that I found interest in - this is unusual for a bathroom reader - it went on and on about a language that nobody speaks and on and on about the history of the mall - I can't say that wouldn't interest some younger people but I was around when the malls sprung up and knew all about it - still in all the long stories don't usually interest me as much as the short and medium ones do - all-in-all I'd say this book was 50% good and 25% not so hot and 25% of no interest whatever - if I could have I would have given this bathroom reader 2 1/2 stars - oh well, better luck next time ---
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I own one and have given the series as gifts for Christmas. Guys laugh when they open it, but they always comment later about how interesting it is. My Dad in particular LOVES these. I have bought him 3 now, and he will quote facts and tell educational or interesting stories out of them. Interesting stories, facts, quotes and even the occasional joke!
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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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Uncle John just never fails me. Time and time again I am entertained and enlightened by Uncle John. Some long entries and some short but always satisfying. Buy it! Once you read it, pass it on or just save it until you cannot remember what you read, and then read it again for a good time!
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