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Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader

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Uncle John's

Ahh-Inspiring
Bathroom
Reader

By the
Bathroom Readers'
Institute

Bathroom Readers' Press
Ashland, Oregon

UNCLE JOHN'S AHH-INSPIRING
BATHROOM READER
®

Copyright © 2002 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.

All rights reserved.

For information, write

The Bathroom Readers' Institute
P.O. Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
www.bathroomreader.com
541-488-4642

Cover design by Michael Brunsfeld,

San Rafael, CA (
[email protected]
)
BRI “technician” on back cover: Larry Kelp

Uncle John's
Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader
®

by The Bathroom Readers' Institute

ISBN-13: 978-1-60710-462-9

E-book edition: November 2011

 

“Once you can accept the universe as matter
expanding into nothing that is something,
wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

—Albert Einstein

“Parliamentary Manners” by Scott Feschuk, Paul Mather, and Peter McBain as “Ask Miss Parliamentary Manners” in the
National Post
: This Week In Review, April 27, 2002. © National Post. Reprinted with permission.

“How to Toilet Train Your Cat” by Karawynn Long, found on her website
www.karawynn.net/mishacat/toilet
.

“Buried Treasure in the U.S.” from THE PEOPLE'S ALMANAC © 1975 by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace. Reprinted with the kind permission of the authors.

Here are a few books the BRI's Throne Room would be empty without:

Lies Across America
, by James W. Loewen, and author of the bestselling
Lies My Teacher Told Me
. Copyright © 1999.

An Underground Education
, by Richard Zacks. Copyright © 1997 by Richard Zacks.

Joke Stew: 1,349 More Hilarious Servings from Today's Hottest Comedians
, edited by Judy Brown. Copyright © 2000.

It's a Conspiracy!
by the National Insecurity Council, Copyright 1992 by Michael Litchfield; published by EarthWorks Press.

What's the Number for 911?
by Leland Gregory III Copyright © 2000. Andrews & McMeel Publishing.

A special thanks to some regular readers for submitting good stuff:

Max L. Israel

Sera Kirk

Gavin Sheehan

Joel & Wendy McNeil

Dean Bliss

Mike Schuster

Adam Brucker

Jonathan Gewirtz

Charles Surine

Roger Shaheen

David Whitman

Dee & Kellar Smith

Chris O'Rourke

Joe Gayeski

Janet K. Behning

Patte Rosebank

Aaron Allermann

Glen & Janese Granholm

THANK YOU!

The Bathroom Readers' Institute sincerely
thanks the people whose advice and
assistance made this book possible.

 

Gordon Javna

John Dollison

Jennifer & Zipper

Jeff Altemus

Jay Newman

Julia Papps

Thom Little

Sharilyn Hovind

Michael Brunsfeld

Janet Spencer

Lori Larson

Sam Javna

Jim McCluskey

Maggie Javna

Jeff Cheek

Jesse Clark

Sharon Freed

Jess Brallier

Bryan Henry

Gideon Javna

Angela Kern

Allen Orso

Georgine Lidell

Dylan Drake

Bernadette Baillie

Paul Stanley

Jenny Baldwin

Barb Porsche

Paula Leith

John Javna

Mike Nicita

Claudia Bauer

Hazel Daniels

Teri Morin

William Coleman

Pat Perrin

Mustard Press

Scarab Media

Porter the Wonder Dog

Sydney Stanley

Marley & Catie Pratt

Thomas Crapper

KBRX Radio, for their part of this insanity: Scott Poese and Nicole Kennedy, Dog House Morning Show

“My life has no purpose, no direction, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?”
Charles M. Schulz

Hiya Sophie! Hiya Jessie!

CONTENTS

Because the BRI understands your reading needs, we've divided the contents by length as well as subject.
Short—
a quick read
Medium—
2 to 3 pages
Long—
for those extended visits, when something a little more involved is required
*Extended—
for those leg-numbing experiences

BATHROOM NEWS

Short

Uncle John's Medicine Cabinet

Medium

Uncle John's Stall of Fame

Space Bathroom Alpha

Plumbers By the Hour

Pit Stops on the World Wide Web

Bathroom News

Long

Number Two's Wild Ride

How to Toilet Train Your Cat

Pay As You Go

MYTH-AMERICA

Medium

Urban Legends

“A Good Example Is the Best Sermon”

Long

*Buried Treasure

CUSTOMS & SUPERSTITIONS

Short

Wedding Superstitions

Happy Holidays

Future Imperfect

Domino Theory

Medium

Roll the Dice

Your Food Persona

AMERICANA

Short

Penny Wise

Medium

When the Big One Hit

After the Quake: The Heroes

Long

After the Quake: The Fire War

Does Your Couch Have Hairy Paws?

ANIMALS

Short

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