Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

Uncle John's Bathroom Readers are a series of books containing trivia and short essays on miscellaneous topics, ostensibly for reading in the bathroom. The books are credited to the Bathroom Readers' Institute, though Uncle John is a real person, and are published by Portable Press, an imprint of Baker & Taylor. The introductions in the books, as well as brief notes in some articles, provide small pieces of information about Uncle John. The first book was published in 1988, and in 2011, the series reached its 24th release, The 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader.

Volumes dedicated to a single topic have been released, under the title Uncle John Plunges Into..., for example: history, presidents, and the universe. There are also books on individual U.S. states, the weather, numbers, quotes, the year 2000, a special book for mothers, cat lovers, dog lovers, horse lovers, love, Uncle John's Book of the Dumb, and several Bathroom Readers for Kids Only!. Though most of the books were written by the Bathroom Readers' Institute, some of the ones that are based around a specific subject are written by a lone author, who is not in the Institute. Additionally, the Institute will often publish articles and other contributions sent in from readers. Recurring articles such as "Flubbed Headlines", "Oops", and "Classifieds" often depend on these contributions. As of late, the institute publishes three books a year; a "classic" reader, and two "plunges into" editions, one for a location such as a U.S. state, and another of a specific topic.

Their volumes contain information on subjects such as quotes, dumb criminals, palindromes, anagrams, urban legends and hoaxes, failed inventions, the history of everyday things, and accidental discoveries, as well as articles on pop culture and 'celebrities' such as Emperor Norton (see Features). Throughout the books, there are what the BRI calls "running feet" - short fun facts on the bottom of each page. A typical example is "An object on Jupiter would weigh 144,000 times more than it would on Pluto." Some books have one running foot that simply says "Hi, mom.", being the dedication.

The series has sold 4.5 million copies.

Read more about Uncle John's Bathroom Reader:  Features, List of Classic Editions, List of Omnibuses

Other articles related to "uncle":

Hussein 'Abd Al-Majid - Youth
... infant Saddam was sent to the family of his maternal uncle Khairallah Talfah until he was three ... At about age 10, Saddam fled the family and returned to live in Baghdad with his uncle Kharaillah Tulfah ... Under the guidance of his uncle he attended a nationalistic high school in Baghdad ...
Randy Disher - Background
... Randy later claimed to have an uncle Harvey ... a Farm", Randy inherits his supposed uncle's farm after Harvey Disher supposedly commits suicide ... nearby farmer Jimmy Belmont (Ricardo Chavira) murdered his supposed uncle, and he brings Monk in to prove that there has been foul play ...
Uncle Monk
... Uncle Monk is an American bluegrass band ... Uncle Monk has released one album, also named Uncle Monk, which was released in March 2006 ...
Uncle Tom's Uncle
... Uncle Tom's Uncle is a 1926 American short silent comedy film directed by Robert F ... The title is a play on the 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin ...
Michael Stuart - Early Years
... He was musically influenced by his uncle Israel "Timbalero" Stuart ... His uncle "Timbalero" was a professional musician and bandleader ... Stuart would accompany his uncle to many rehearsals where he would sing and play the maracas or congas ...

Famous quotes containing the words reader, bathroom and/or uncle:

    One might get the impression that I recommend a new methodology which replaces induction by counterinduction and uses a multiplicity of theories, metaphysical views, fairy tales, instead of the customary pair theory/observation. This impression would certainly be mistaken. My intention is not to replace one set of general rules by another such set: my intention is rather to convince the reader that all methodologies, even the most obvious ones, have their limits.
    Paul Feyerabend (1924–1994)

    Castro couldn’t even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913–1995)

    Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle;
    I am no traitor’s uncle, and that word “grace”
    In an ungracious mouth is but profane.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)