Authors: Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Bathroom Readers’ Press
“I just wanted to say I love
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader
! I have learned more from them than in school (ha!). I hope to collect all of them.”
“Just a note to say I love your books. I read them from cover to cover, over and over. I dazzle people with my seemingly bottomless well of useless information. Thanks so much for that!”
“Keep ’em coming! I am totally addicted to your books, currently owning 14. I was a teacher for 30 years, and am now a reference librarian. I suggested to my supervisor that we order your books for our local library collection, as they are the most consistently fascinating series on facts and trivia that I have ever come across. I have sung your praises to our librarian patrons on numerous occasions, so hopefully I have helped spawn a new generation of BR fanatics!”
“I love your books and have read and reread and reread the
I have. My wife tells me I am a warehouse of useless information, thanks in part to you guys.”
“As a former teacher who used trivia as the main source of inspiring students, I have enjoyed all 15 books that I have read. The ones directed at children were spectacular and I used them in my daily routine. Keep up the great effort as there is always another fact or detail to be uncovered!”
“I love your book so much. One day, I brought it to school and my friend went all crazy about it. He won’t give it back!”
For Richard Farnsworth Staples
UNCLE JOHN’S UNSINKABLE
Copyright © 2008 by the Bathroom Readers’ Press (a division of Portable Press). All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews.
“Bathroom Reader” and “Bathroom Readers’
Institute” are registered trademarks of Baker & Taylor.
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For information, write:
The Bathroom Readers’ Institute
P.O. Box 1117
Ashland, OR 97520
Cover design by Michael Brunsfeld, San Rafael, CA
BRI “technician” on the back cover: Larry Kelp
E-book edition: November 2011
Hiya, Sophie! Hiya, Jesse!
The Bathroom Readers’ Institute sincerely thanks the people whose advice and assistance made this book possible
Jolly Jeff Cheek
Nephew Dave Fitzpatrick
Amelia & Greta
(Mr.) Mustard Press
Steven Style Group
Publishers Group West
Porter the Wonder Dog
I YAM NOT KIDDING
The people of Kiriwana, New Guinea, have a unique way of resolving disputes peacefully: Opponents meet in front of witnesses, then go search for a yam. Whoever finds the biggest yam wins.
Hiya, Sam! Hiya, Gideon!
Because the BRI understands your reading needs, we’ve
divided the contents by length as well as subject.
—a quick read
—2 to 3 pages
—for those extended visits, when something
a little more involved is required
—for those leg-numbing experiences