We stuffed the best stuff we've ever written into 576 glorious pages. Result: pure bathroom-reading bliss! You're just a few clicks away from the most hilarious, head-scratching material that has made Uncle John's Bathroom Reader an unparalleled publishing phenomenon. As always, the articles are divided into short, medium, and long for your sitting convenience. So treat yourself to the best of history, science, politics, and pop culture--plus the dumbest of the dumb crooks, the strangest of the strange lawsuits, and loads more, including . . .- The Barbados Tombs- The Lonely Phone Booth- The Origin of the Supermarket- The History of the IQ Test- Robots in the News- Tennessee's Body Farm- Happy Donut Day!- The Origin of Nachos- The Birth of the Submarine- A Viewer's Guide to Rainbows- How the Mosquito Changed HistoryAnd much, much more!
Find out what millions of trivia lovers already know: Uncle John is your #1 source when it comes to throne-room reading entertainment. This book celebrates the very best articles from the BRI's first ten years--plus 150 all-new pages! As always, the contents are divided by length: short articles for the reader on the go, medium articles if you have a few minutes to spare, and the extended sitting section for those truly leg-numbing experiences. Read about . . .- The origin of Twinkies- Who invented the Hula Hoop- The untold history of the Three Stooges- Space toilets: where no man has gone before- 1876: the year they stole the presidency- The FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list- How to start your own country- Celebrity impostersAnd much, much more!
The two mottos of the Bathroom Readers' Institute are evident in the pages of Instant Genius: "Get smart," and "Have fun." As the creators of the wildly popular Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series, the BRI has 20 years of experience translating those mottoes into fun and informative books. But, aware that not every reader is a bathroom reader, they've created this definitive collection of bite-sized bits of knowledge that cover a wide variety of topics from the seemingly ordinary to the obscure and mind-bending. Instant Genius will take the reader on a fun and fascinating trip through the essentials (and non-essentials) of history, science, geography, the arts, pop culture, mathematics, and more.
Uncle John's dedicated team of quotationeers have scoured the worlds of entertainment, history, literature, politics, sports, and more to bring you this unique collection of utterances that bear repeating. From silly to profound, from Aristotle to Mr. T, you'll discover insights on such topics as love, sex, conspiracies, boredom, cheese, juggling, and the true meaning of belly-button lint. Here are but a few of the thousands of morsels awaiting you:"Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even." --Horace"In America, sex is an obsession. In other parts of the world, it's a fact." --Marlene Dietrich"With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and sixty." --Jack Nicholson"It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'as pretty as an airport' appear." --Douglas Adams"I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it." --Clarence Darrow"If it's called USA Today, why is all the news from yesterday? Bam! Busted!" --Stephen Colbert"Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight." --Phyllis Diller
Uncle John's 24th flagship edition glitters with more than 500 all-new pages of absorbing material that prove once again why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading series in the world. The information miners at the Bathroom Readers' Institute have unearthed a priceless collection of surprising, amazing, wow-inducing, and hilarious articles. Divided by length for your sitting convenience, 24-Karat Gold is chock-full of little-known history, random origins, weird news, celebrity secrets, urban legends, dumb criminals, clever wordplay, quirky quotations, and more. Just go to any page-who knows what treasures await you? Some samples:Judges Gone WildThe Barbie ScandalsCanada's Underpants KingThe History of the UmbrellaAmerica's Forbidden IslandHelen Keller: Vaudeville StarThe Double A-bomb SurvivorsMind Your Zarfs and WamblesWhat the Hokey Pokey is Really All AboutAnd much, much more!
It's one of Uncle John's most popular editions! More than 500 pages of absolutely absorbing material are at your fingertips. Divided for your convenience into short, medium, and long articles, this book has it all: humor, history, pop culture, politics, wordplay, quotations, blunders, facts, and more. Settle in and read about . . .- The world's rarest rock 'n' roll record- The secret history of the lava lamp- Da Vinci's unfinished masterpiece- Famous unsolved disappearances- Animals famous for 15 minutes- The world's luckiest accident- The birth of the T-shirt- Big, bad Barbie- Cereal flops And much, much more!
Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader, Uncle John's all-new 15th edition, sheds a light on everything under the sun and over the moon. From obscure history to classic wordplay to dumb crooks to inspiring quotations, you never know what you're going to read next! Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers' Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere else for that matter). With more than 11 million books in print, the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series is the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the world.Where else could you learn how the banana peel changed history, how to predict the future by rolling the dice, how the Jivaro tribes shrunk heads, and the science behind love at first sight? Uncle John rules the world of information and humor, so get ready to be thoroughly entertained. Read all about...Homer the Greek versus Homer the SimpsonThe history of the bicycleWhen humans become hailstonesAlternate definitions for common wordsHelen Keller's wisdomThe Silly Putty sagaAnd much more!
Why is our lucky 13th edition All-Purpose? Uncle John himself explains: "You can read this Bathroom Reader anywhere--in the obvious spot, in bed or, heck, by the pool or at work." Why Extra-Strength? "Because of the mountains of research gathered, you can guess where, by our crackpot . . . I mean hotshot . . . staff." Yes, APES (as we affectionately call it at the BRI) is filled to the rim with more than 500 pages of amazing facts, quotes, history, myths, brain teasers, origins, celebrity gossip, and our powerful brand of "uncanny" humor. Here are 13 reasons to read this book:1. Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of ten plus three2. Military surplus: The story of carrot cake3. The real-life inspiration behind Dracula4. Going Ape: The history of Tarzan5. People who married themselves6. Politically incorrect toothpaste7. Legendary business blunders8. Hollywood's biggest bombs9. Wide world of weird sports10. Dog food for thought11. The birth of the CD12. Dumb criminals13. Zappa's LawAnd much, much more!
Packed with more than 300 pages, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids is a fact-a-palooza of obscure information. Like what, you ask? Here are just a few extraordinary examples:- Bats always turn left when they exit a cave.- In the 1960s, astronauts trained for moon voyages by walking on Hawaiian lava fields.- Lloyd's of London insured Bruce Springsteen's voice for 3.5 million English pounds.- Physician Amynthas of Alexandria, Greece, performed the first known nose job in the Third Century B.C.- Military toilet paper is printed in a camouflage design, since white could attract enemy fire.- Elvis Presley always wore a helmet when watching football on TV.- King Henry VIII's ladies at court had a ration of one gallon of beer per day.- It takes the energy from 50 leaves on an apple tree to produce one ripe fruit.- The only country to host the Summer Olympics but not win a single gold medal was Canada, in 1976.And that's just the beginning! So what are you waiting for? ATTACK!
Stuffed like a Christmas goose, this holiday gift book is a cheerful mix of festive facts and yuletide yuks. Gather 'round the fire and unwrap the histories of such holiday traditions as Santa Claus, Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas, candy canes, mistletoe, and more! You'll also read about weird traditions, the Christmas Pickle, and Festivus. So let this merry little book be your favorite stocking stuffer!
The only thing that's more eager to please you than your dog...is this Bathroom Reader about dogs! It's a very good book! Oh, yes it is! Good book! So cuddle up with your canine companion and lap up...Movie muttsDoggie heroesThe scoop on poopDecoding your dog's behaviorFamous folks and their faithful FidosHow to train your puppy to be a TV starBackstage hijinks at the Westminster Dog ShowThe world's largest, fastest, smartest, and oldest dogsThe stories of Marmaduke, Snoopy, Odie, and much, much more!
For more than two decades, Uncle John and the writers at the Bathroom Readers' Institute have been entertaining fans with thousands of true facts, carefully gathered and meticulously researched, all presented with Uncle John's signature wry sense of humor. This time they're doing the same thing . . . except that this stuff that isn't remotely true--they made it all up. (But we sure made it sound like it's real.) Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Fake Facts is 228 hilarious pages of unknown origins, obscure histories, weird products, strange diseases, odd fads, slang terms, and other fascinating information too good to be true . . . because it isn't.
We locked the bad boys at the BRI in the water closet and let the smarter gender run things for a while. The result: For Girls Only!--our secret stash of stories just for girls of all ages. In what other book would you find fortune-telling tips through the ages, the recipe for Love Potion #9, and the origin of underwear? In no other book in the world! So unlock your inner goddess with . . .- The woman who invented the bulletproof vest- The Hungarian countess who killed for her beauty secret- Ten teen gals who became millionaires (and spent it wisely)- Guns and roses: the real-life story of Annie Oakley- The not-so-glamorous life of a fashion model- The princess diaries: horrific tales of intermarriage among the royal families- What movie stars wear during "nude" scenes and other cinema secretsAnd much, much more!
The book that launched Uncle John's incredibly successful For Kids Only series still holds up as one of the best in the series. It's chock full of cool facts, gross stuff, quirky quizzes, silly jokes, bone-headed bloopers, and more! Read about... The Origins of the Popsicle, the Remote Control, and Bugs Bunny Is Disney's Haunted Mansion Really Haunted? Slime in the News The World's 10 Most Dangerous Snakes Explosive Fireworks Facts How Young Sacagawea Saved the Lives of Lewis & Clark What Eye Gunk is Made Of How Your Nose Smells School Lunches From Around the WorldAnd much, much more!
Now is your chance to own the very first Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids Only with all new illustrations! When our younger readers demanded a Bathroom Reader of their own, Uncle John put together this brain-boggling easy-to-read collection of facts, fads, quotes, history, science, origins, pop culture, mythology, humor, and more! Plus it's full of wacky and fun illustrations and Uncle John's famous "running feet"-those fun and fascinating facts on the bottom of every page. Kids will read about . . .-Who was Dr. Seuss?-Baseball superstitions-The birth of The Simpsons-How carnival games are rigged-Dining on scorpions and tarantulas-Shocking truths about thunder and lightning-Disgusting bodily functions like ear wax and digestion (and why they're important)-Uncle John's all-time favorite elephant joke: Q: How do you get an elephant up an oak tree? A: Plant an acorn under him and wait 50 years! . . . And much, much more!
For more than 25 years, there's always been a home in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for those stories about doctor visits or routine surgeries gone horribly wrong--the wrong limb getting amputated, the wrong person getting a transplant, the nurse who didn't notice her patient had died . . . for three days. Because we never get tired of reading about big boo-boos (as long as they're happening to someone else), here is a whole book of the troubling and funny stories of when good health care goes bad.Read all about:- The woman who needed her gall bladder out . . . so she removed it herself- The man who waited in an emergency room . . . for three weeks- The heart surgeon who got caught drawing his signature on his work- And many more stories of dreadful doctors, hospital horrors, and bad medicine.
This unique volume-Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Golden Plunger Awards-gives readers a new way to recognize some of the world's greatest (and oddest) achievements. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers' Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere else for that matter). With more than 11 million books in print, the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series is the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the world.Where else could you find awards like the Most Versatile Condiment, Oldest Scam, and Rudest Gesture? Uncle John rules the world of information and humor, so get ready to be thoroughly entertained. Read all about...The Albino Squirrel Preservation SocietyThe history of dreadlocksTrendsetting (and ugly) shoesProfessional eatersAnd much more!
Leave it to Uncle John to find a new way to make history fun and exciting! This quirky collection of lists is the latest volume in the Bathroom Reader's best-selling history series. These 508 pages will breathe life into history's most famous (and most unusual) stories. From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, some quick takes on must-know topics that will reveal the surprising connections among history's greatest--and strangest--events. History buffs, trivia hounds, and readers looking for an educational snack will love this fun format. Here's what you'll find in this great book:2 famous pioneering trails3 one-armed men who lent a hand4 famous folks who literally died laughing5 horrifying medieval punishments6 photographic firsts7 hotel rooms where history was made8 disgusting secret ingredients9 famous trains10 places you can't go11 disasters that changed the world12 fast food firsts And much, much more!
Why the long face? This book really ponies up the fun! From Old West cowboy companions to magnificent Kentucky Derby winners, Uncle John trots out a beloved tome dedicated to our equine friends. Saddle up and read about the most hair-raising, hilarious, and heartfelt horse tales from around the world. You'll ride into the sunset with...The high-stepping Budweiser ClydesdalesThe secrets of Secretariat and other Triple Crown winnersHorse-tastic superlatives-the biggest, smallest, oldest, and fastestEquine myths exposed (such as, Seabiscuit wasn't really that famous)Pressing equine questions (Just how big is a hand, anyway?)The wild ponies of ChincoteagueWhat it takes to be a jockeyThe real horse whispererThe Texas prison rodeoStrange horsey lawsAnd much, much more!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . again! Uncle John's follow-up to his wildly successful Christmas Collection unwraps even more treasures of holidays past and present. Packed with more fun than an elf's goodie bag, this anthology includes all the legends, lore, trivia, and history we didn't have room for in the first Christmas collection. Read about . . .The history of Jingle BellsSecret Santas, bad Santas, and goofy Santas10 great holiday films you may have missedChristmas on the range...and in outer spaceHow to make your own figgy puddingThe legend of the Christmas SpiderThe real Scrooge And much, much more!
It's a wild world out there, and the folks at the BRI want to explore it with you. From hornywinks to Dracula orchids, from alluvium to zymogen, Uncle John is embarking on a back-country safari to track down the wackiest, weirdest, silliest, and most amazing stories about the natural world. It's 448 wild pages of great outdoor facts, strange stories, incredible science, and fun quotes and quizzes. You'll feel the fresh mountain air energize you as you read about . . .An ape that fries burgers and a lizard that plays video gamesThe explosive history of America's deepest (and bluest) lakeThe search for the mysterious rhinoceros dolphinHow to distinguish a mushroom from a toadstoolCats vs. birds: the Feline-Avian WarA waterfall that turns toys to stoneThe history of dirt And much, much more!
Look beneath the surface of the world's most interesting people--past and present--to uncover what makes them tick. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Great Lives looks beneath the surface and uncovers fascinating but little-known stories behind the famous, the near-famous, the infamous, and the should-have-been famous. You'll meet child prodigies, spies, traitors, celebrities (and sidekicks), gossips, hermits, humanitarians, and zealots. There are incredible stories here, and every one is true. Sit back and prepare to be amazed when you read about:America's first prima ballerinaThe man who invented tap dancingStephen Hawking and his ongoing quest for loveVidal Sassoon: hairdresser by day, freedom-fighter by nightSex therapist Dr. Ruth's early years as an Israeli soldierThe other Boleyn girl in Henry VIII's bedThe nerd who changed the worldSix degrees of Kevin Bacon And much, much more!
Uncle John and the folks at the Bathroom Readers' Institute love all things Canadian and figure that just because we weren't lucky enough to be born in the Great White North doesn't mean we can't devote an entire Bathroom Reader to the cause . . . and this time we're doing it in Technicolor!Uncle John's Plunges into Canada (Illustrated Edition) is full of cool trivia and fascinating facts about the greatest country in the world, but now it's jam-packed with photographs and illustrations too! So put away the hockey gear, grab a plate of Kraft dinner, and join us. Whether you're a true Canuck or just always wanted to be one, this book is for you!
For 25 years, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader has been wildly popular in Canada, so we decided to dedicate an entire edition to our friends in the Great White North-even though much of the continental U.S. is north of Canada's southernmost point. That misconception-and a whole lot more-is revealed in this loving ode to a friendly nation with a colorful history and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Whether you're a true Canuck, or just always wanted to be one, Yukon count on us to deliver great bathroom reading! Read about...Stealing the Stanley Cup (literally)The origins of Tim Hortons and Kraft dinnersJellied moose nose and other Canadian delicaciesMove over Napa: the story of Canadian "ice wine"The government's secret official UFO divisionCanada's homegrown rock 'n' roll bandsAll about those dam beaversThe answer to Canada's most burning question: Does Santa Claus really have his own postal code?And much, much more!
Whether you're a history buff, or you just like reading great stories, you'll see the past in a whole new light after reading Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into History. Uncle John uncovers the truth behind some of history's most persistent myths, flushes out information you were never taught in school, and gives history fans something they can really digest. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers' Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere else for that matter). With more than 11 million books in print, the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series is the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the world.Where else could you learn about the 10 most forgotten people in history, mistakes that led to great discoveries, and how a fish had a hand (er, fin) in beating Napoleon? Uncle John rules the world of information and humor, so get ready to be thoroughly entertained. Read all about...The short history of underwearOdd deaths of famous figuresAbe Lincoln, fashion iconThe real Lady GodivaRoyal inbreeds and promiscuous popesThe true story of BraveheartAnd much more!
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