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A book by any other name would not be so sweet and fact-filled. The perfect gift for your significant other, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Book of Love will tell you everything you need to know about this mysterious emotion and its trappings. <P><P>Read about the history of chocolate, the origins of some lovely love songs, and history's greatest romances. Plus you'll learn what makes lipstick shimmer, how children define love, wacky ways to get married, and much more! It's not just the endorphins talking . . . . you'll heart this book!
The relationship between cats and us lower animals cannot be summed up in mere words, but leave it to Uncle John to try anyway. Curl up with the Cat Lover's Companion, and you'll explore the unique, amusing, and mysterious side of the common housecat (Felis domesticus). Read about the origins of your favorite breeds, meet some kitty movie stars, and decipher those strange feline mannerisms. Then take a cat nap. Then run wildly around your house for no apparent reason. Then read about a cat raised by a gorilla, a cat that uses the toilet (for its intended purpose), and much, much more!
Our readers asked for it, and here it is: Uncle John's first collection of his greatest short facts and quick reading material. Open up to any page of Extraordinary Book of Facts and you might find a list of, say, obscure words ('exocannibals' eat enemies; 'indocannibals' eat friends). Flip to another page and there's a whole bunch of facts about how long things take (a yak's gestation period: 258 days). On another page: kid facts (the average four-year-old laughs 400 times per day; grownups, about 15). So be smarter and laugh a lot more with this amazing collection that features thousands of great facts, plus word origins, myth-conceptions, conspiracy theories, and much, much more! Arranged for simple and speedy reference, this book is the perfect companion for trivia buffs and knowledge junkies everywhere!
Uncle John has always told you great stories about the people you should know-or the fascinating but little-known, details about the people you thought you knew, but until now we've never made them the focus of a book.<P><P> We've reviewed countless lives from every field of endeavor to find the most unusual, surprising, enlightening, and strange-but-true stories, so that we could introduce you to hundreds of people whose exploits and experiences will amaze you.Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Great Lives looks beneath the surface and uncovers fascinating but little known stories behind the famous, near-famous, infamous, and shoulda-been famous. You'll meet child prodigies; spies, traitors, and turncoats; celebrities and sidekicks; humanitarians and zealots; great gossips and famous hermits. T
Based on the success of the best-selling Plunges into History, Uncle John goes back in time to bring fans more compelling, confounding, and fascinating peeks into the world's past. International in scope, you'll read about historical events, people, and places worldwide. As always, the slant will be on revealing what they didn't teach you in history class--history unexpunged!Once again we're plunging into history's archives to bring you scintillating sagas of rogues and rascals, diplomacy and disaster, popes and peasants, nices and vices, defeats and victories, royalty and rabble, feuds and famine, battles and breakthroughs, crime and punishment, secrets and scandals, cultural milestones and historical millstones.
Hooray for Hollywood! Uncle John takes on Tinseltown in this fascinating look at the movies and the people who make them. Come for the trials, tribulations, and trivia! Stay for the mysteries, magic, and mayhem! You'll go behind the scenes for the sordid scandals, biggest bombs, greatest triumphs, and the unsung heroes who make it all come together. Featuring quotes, puzzles, quizzes, and Uncle John's famous "running feet" facts at the bottom of every page, this book will give you a new appreciation for the Silver Screen (and you'll know exactly what a gaffer and best boy do). What else is in here? Check out these previews!Bad boys on locationThe origin of VarietyThe biggest cult movie of all timeThe "Blond Bombshell Murder Mystery"How Ray Harryhausen brought fantasies to lifeWretched reviews (for what are now considered great films)The strange Pink Floyd and Wizard of Oz connectionThe "Taglines of Terror" quizBathrooms on the big screenUnfortunate remakesHaunted HollywoodAnd much, much more!
What do Yoopers and Trolls have in common? Not much to hear them tell it, but both types of Michigander appreciate great bathroom reading. And they're proud to call Michigan home! Celebrate the state that brought us Motown, Henry Ford, and the world's only floating post office. So no matter which peninsula you call home, get ready for a funny, unforgettable visit. Read about...Feather bowlingShipwrecked in ParadiseGo to Hell and back in Hell, MichiganMichigan's other famous Ford: a president named GeraldThe Red Flannel Festival, and other ways Michiganders brave the winterHow a 1966 Michigan State University game changed football foreverMichigan's role in the birth of rock 'n' rollTest your knowledge of the Great LakesDetroit's Whiskey RiverSmelt dipping 101And much, much more!
"My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side." -Hubert H. Humphrey (former Senator from Minnesota) Humphrey's sandwich doesn't include any of the top 5 food gifts from Minnesota-wild rice, potato lefse, lutefisk, maple sugar and syrup, or bison jerky-but it provides a glimpse into Minnesotans' unique character. And favorite son Garrison Keilor isn't the only Minnesotan with a sense of humor; St. Urho Day, created as a joke by a couple of Minnesotan Finns, is today recognized in all 50 states. And whereas all states have official flowers and birds, Minnesota has a state beverage (milk) and muffin (blueberry). Sounds like a good place for breakfast.Its people are just one interesting facet of a state where travelers can find such fascinating curiosities as the SPAM Museum or the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. And Uncle John cannot help but be enamored of a state with a town competing with cities in Illinois and New York to lay claim to the world's only two-story outhouse.
If you like the great outdoors, you're going to love this book. We're plunging into every national park, monument, site, and trail (more than 150 in all!) in true Uncle John fashion and uncovering some unique stories behind all of them. You're sure to find hidden facets of each national park that you never imagined. Read about...- Yosemite's firefall and why it came to a sudden end- How to avoid bear attacks, buffalo stampedes, and moose on the loose- Ghosts, legends, and myths in the remotest parks of the country- The wild horses of Assateague and why they still roam the island- How an isolated tree in Yosemite inspired the most famous photograph of all timeAnd much more!
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader is plunging into another superb state. This time around, it's New Jersey, the Garden State, long proud of its traditions, its history, and its accent. From Jersey tomatoes and blueberries, the Tigers of Princeton and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, the songs of the Boss and the Chairman of the Board, the Garden State has long provided a treasure trove of exceptional sons and daughters, legends and folklore, amazing facts and figures-not to mention a wealth of jokes. Whether going "down the shore," getting lost in the Pine Barrens, dining on great cuisine in Newark's Ironbound district, or driving down the Turnpike, traveling around New Jersey captures the imagination. Interesting and entertaining articles cover tons of little-known facts like:* Known as the "Pathway of the Revolution," New Jersey was the site of over 100 battles during the War for Independence.* Mud from a secret South Jersey riverbank rubs the sheen off of every new baseball used in the Major League.* A gas station in Englewood sports a plaque saying "It All Started Right Here." What started there? Frank Sinatra's career. The station sits on the site of the Rustic Cabin where he worked as a singing waiter.
Modern-day presidential candidates are subjected to unprecedented scrutiny and Uncle John is right there to dig up the most compelling, confounding, entertaining, and unique information and facts and figures about our nation's chief executives. Full of interesting stories, funny anecdotes, and fascinating trivia about the lives, times, and issues of each president.
Plunges into the Universe is your anecdote to boring science text books. Uncle John and his loony lab partners will take you back to the Big Bang and forward to the distant future. You'll see the science in everything around (and inside) you, and learn the truth about the most egregious science myths (such as--you can't "sweat like a pig" because pigs don't sweat). How many amazing facts await your visual cortex in these 494 pages made up of atoms (print version) or bits and bytes (e-book)? As Carl Sagan would have said, "Billions and Billions!" So put on your thinking cap and check out . . .Pluto deniedKitchen chemistryFootball gets physics-alPlanet Earth's sudden hot flashesFood's incredible journey...through youThe science of surfing, skating, and snowboardingHow they plugged the hole in the ozone layerHow "defenseless" animals stay aliveSci-fi that's more fi than sciAncient astronomersKnow your cloudsAnd much, much more!
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