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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

by Loren Rhoads Scribner (September 29, 2009)

For ten years, Morbid Curiosity was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales -- all true -- submitted from contributors...


The Uncyclopedia

by Gideon Haigh Hachette Books (September 15, 2004)

Make way for this defiantly idiosyncratic, hilariously illuminating compendium of curiosities you never knew you wanted to know! How do you flirt in Turkish? How do you dump someone in Japanese? What are the...


More How Do They Do That?

by Caroline Sutton HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

Have you ever wondered:

- How do they know how much an aircraft carrier weighs?

- How do they get music onto a CD?

- How does an electric eel generate electricity?

- How do they know how long a second is?

- How do...


How Did They Do That?

by Caroline Sutton HarperCollins e-books (August 31, 2010)

The totally satisfying answers to more than 100 questions that drive normal people—not to mention infomaniacs and trivia buffs—crazy.

Questions about matters great and small, from ancient times to yesterday....


When Do Fish Sleep?

by David Feldman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Ponder, if you will ...

Why are tennis balls fuzzy?

How come birds don't tip over when they sleep on telephone wires?

What makes yawning contagious?

Why, oh why, do roosters have to crow so early in the morning?...


Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life

by Kee Malesky Wiley (August 31, 2012)

Learn something new with 366 fascinating facts from NPR librarian Kee Malesky

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?1 What color did carrots used to be?2 Why do many American spellings differ from their...


The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names

by Steve Pinkham Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

How did a mountain get the name Moose's Bosom? And what's afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker Steve Pinkham provides informative, quirky, and sometimes downright hilarious answers to these questions....


Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History

by Richard Shenkman Harper (March 26, 2013)

The truth and nothing but the truth—Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends.

The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.

The pilgrims never...


Ripley's Unbelievable Stories For Guys

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (May 01, 2012)

Ripley's Believe it or Not for guy's who think they know everything!

One for the grown-ups, this quirky new Ripley’s book is filled with bizarre and hilarious "Believe It or Not!" stories, trivia and lists—...


Ripley's Believe It or Not!

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (December 06, 2011)

Facsimile of the original 1929 book.

From the original 1929 promotion, Robert Ripley describes the land where rain has fallen for a million years; here he talks with you about the Ever-Standing Men and the Upside-Down...


Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

by Charles Panati William Morrow Paperbacks (February 26, 2013)

For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind 500 everyday items, expressions, and customs--from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls...


I Never Knew That About London

by Christopher Winn & Mai Osawa St. Martin's Press (February 28, 2012)

Discover hundreds of fascinating facts about London in this enthralling miscellany

Travelling through the villages and districts that make up the world's most dynamic metropolis, Christopher Winn takes us on...


Big Questions from Little People

by Gemma Elwin Harris Ecco (October 30, 2012)

In the spirit of Schott’s Miscellany, The Magic of Reality, and The Dangerous Book for Boys comes Can a Bee Sting a Bee?—a smart, illuminating, essential, and utterly delightful handbook for perplexed parents...


Badass Affirmations

by Becca Anderson Mango (May 15, 2018)

A funny, inspirational banquet of delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable one-liners from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Sometimes shocking, always entertaining, everyone from Rihanna...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Mad Science

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (January 01, 2014)

Take a fascinating quantum leap into the fun side of science.

From the amazing to the amusing, this byte-sized collection will bring you the inside stories behind earth-shattering discoveries, accidental inventions,...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Screen Gems

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (August 22, 2014)

In a world…where movies rule…only one man…can write a super-fun e-book about them!

If you love movies as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this epic e-book! Several classic Bathroom Reader articles,...


Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2014)

Uncle John’s 27th Bathroom Reader is all new and better than ever!

Weighing in at a whopping 544 pages, Uncle John’s Canoramic Bathroom Reader presents a wide-angle view of the world around us. It’s overflowing...


Uncle John's Facts to Go UJTV

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (December 15, 2013)

Uncle John takes a loving look at life on the small screen.

From the Honeymooners to Honey Boo Boo, this entertaining expose of all things television is full of behind-the-scenes secrets, amazing origins, quotes,...


Uncle John's Robotica

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 01, 2014)

From the world-wide leader in strange-but-true stories comes a fascinating book full of the marvels of mechanical men, glimpses into tomorrow’s technology…and what happens when machines go mad. It’s a...


Uncle John's Facts to Go History Makers

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (December 01, 2013)

When it comes to making history fun, Uncle John is second to none!

Uncle John takes readers on a journey through the ages, shedding new light onto some of the past’s most famous (and infamous) figures, and...


Uncle John's Facts to Go International Affairs

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 01, 2015)

Time to play “Around the World in 50 Pages!”

Starting from the depths of the Bathroom Reader archives, you’ll be transported to exotic lands where you’ll learn the local customs and sample the curious...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 01, 2014)

Uncle John is battening down the hatches and preparing for a Fact Attack in this third, un-bowl-ievable volume of fascinating facts!

Packed with more than 400 pages, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Where'd THAT Come From?

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (January 15, 2014)

Hundreds of incredible origin stories, ranging from everyday items to social customs to history-altering inventions.

Uncle John’s Where’d That Come From? delivers the true stories behind all sorts of things,...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Attack of the Foodies

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (July 15, 2014)

It’s the most delicious Uncle John’s ever!

Pizza, chocolate, potatoes, grubs, coffee, croissants . . . grubs? Yes, grubs! In Attack of the Foodies, no food or beverage is safe from the culinary clutches...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Playtime!

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (February 01, 2014)

A loving look at toys and games—and the people who make and play them—from the past and present.

Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.” Uncle John adds: “And it’s really...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Bathroom Lore

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (June 01, 2014)

Uncle John’s favorite room finally gets its own book!

Some of the best bathroom reading we’ve ever squeezed out has been about the bathroom itself. And in this e-book, the hallowed throne gets its moment...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Modern Mythology

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 01, 2014)

Myth meets reality in this one-of-a-kind book that could only come from everyone’s favorite folk hero—Uncle John!

The ancient Greeks had Zeus; today we have the Burger King…king. In Modern Mythology, you’ll...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Call of the Wild

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (October 15, 2014)

The outdoors roars to life in this ferocious new e-book from Uncle John!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And plenty of other wild beasts (including wildebeests)! Whether you find it under a rock, in the sea,...


Uncle John's OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 12, 2017)

Celebrate the big 3-0 with this thrilling 30th edition of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader—and cheers to 30 more!

What's even more trusty and awe-inspiring than Old Faithful, the Yellowstone geyser that erupts...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Show Biz Blunders

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (July 15, 2015)

The famouser they are, the funnier they fall!

Oops, they did it again. Whether it’s Tom Cruise going berserk on Oprah’s couch, Taylor Swift ending a relationship just so she can write a song, or Jennifer...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Nice People

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (April 01, 2014)

Restore your faith in humanity in just 50 pages.

This very special e-book will lift your spirits with inspiring stories of heroism, overcoming adversity, random acts of kindness, wise thoughts, and some really...


Uncle John's Weird Weird World: EPIC

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2015)

What’s weirder than weird? This book! It’s weird squared. It’s EPIC!

The second fully-illustrated, hardcover book in Uncle John’s popular new  Weird, Weird World series opens up a portal to the bizarre....


Uncle John's FACTASTIC Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2015)

Bestselling book, fantastic new look!

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader got a FACTASTIC facelift for the 28th all-new edition of this beloved book series. Now with a fancy flexi-cover and slightly larger trim size...


Uncle John's How to Toilet Train Your Cat

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 01, 2015)

From the world leader in fascinating facts and amusing true stories comes a book about how things are made…and you should be glad that you don’t have to make them yourself.

For more than 25 years, Uncle John’s...


Uncle John's Lists That Make You Go Hmmm...

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (May 01, 2015)

A list of five words to describe Uncle John's Lists That Make You Go Hmmm...: 1. Funny; 2. Fact-filled; 3. Surprising; 4. Unique; 5. Essential.

Uncle John's Lists That Make You Go Hmmm... puts a whole new spin...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Life is Strange

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (February 15, 2014)

An e-book this bizarre could only come from the warped minds at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute!

Uncle John donned his snorkel, dove head-first into the bottomless Bathroom Reader archives, and emerged with...


How to Fight a Bear...and Win

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (October 01, 2015)

From the world leader in fascinating facts and amusing true stories comes a book about how to feed, clothe, and protect yourself in the wilderness…and might even make you want to avoid anything resembling...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Fads & Flops

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 15, 2014)

It’s pet rocks and faux pas in Fads & Flops!

Uncle John takes the nation by storm in this hip new e-book of Bathroom Reader classics and some brand-new articles! Fads & Flops is overflowing with stories of...


Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 12, 2013)

Uncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader proves once again why the Bathroom Readers’ Institute is the best in the business when it comes to providing quick, entertaining reads for readers on the...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Sports Shorts

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (June 15, 2015)

Kick a home run through the goal posts of life in this jock-ular collection of old stories and new from the Bathroom Reader sports pages!

Uncle John’s Sports Shorts lets you relive the sporting world’s most...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Germophobia

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (April 01, 2014)

From the world leader in fascinating facts and amusing true stories comes a book full of tales of health care gone wrong. It’ll make you sick (with laughter).

For more than 25 years, there’s always been a...


Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2012)

The Bathroom Reader turns 25! Uncle John is celebrating this historic milestone with his biggest all-new edition ever--more than 600 pages of absorbing material!

2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards,...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Nature Calls

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (August 15, 2012)

Uncle John is heeding the call of nature! So pack a rucksack, and let’s head outside!

It’s a wild world out there, and the folks at the BRI want to explore it with you. From hornywinks to Dracula orchids,...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Weird Inventions

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (May 01, 2013)

From the nation’s top collector of curious and interesting information comes a book of strange gadgets you never knew existed.

The writers behind Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader present this totally true treasury...


The Best of the Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 01, 2012)

The wittiest, wackiest, and most popular selections from the last 12 years in the best-selling Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series.

We stuffed the best stuff we’ve ever written into 576 glorious pages. Result:...


Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (July 15, 2012)

Uncle John’s 24th flagship edition is glittering 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.

Uncle...


Uncle John's Ultimate Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2012)

Uncle John’s all-new 8th edition is packed with everything that Bathroom Reader fans have come to expect from this stellar series—short, medium, and long articles covering a whole host of topics—everything...


Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (June 01, 2012)

Want your bathroom reading with a twist? You’re only a click away from 500 pages of the most twisted trivia in the world. The crackpot staff at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute has scoured the worlds of pop...


Uncle John's Facts to Go Mouthing Off

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (May 01, 2014)

“There’s never been a better quote book for only three bucks.” —Uncle John

In the 26-year history of the Bathroom Readers’ Institute, we have collected tens of thousands of the world’s most memorable...


Uncle John's Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (May 01, 2012)

The latest, greatest volume in the popular Uncle John’s series, flush with fun facts and figures and plenty of trademark trivia.

The dedicated folks at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute are back with some Fast-Acting,...