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Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
Order:  USA  Can
Portable Press, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This volume is one of a trivia series by that rarefied body, the Bathroom Reader's Institute (BRI). Its contents are sorted by subject and by length - Short, Medium, Long, and Extended (the latter intended for 'leg-numbing experiences'). Chapters range from 'Public Lives' to 'Printed Word', pausing along the way for such erudite topics as 'Blunderful Life', 'Creature Features', 'Govern-Mental', 'Americana', 'Oh, Canada' and 'Kung Phooey'. As a bonus, there's a fun factoid at the bottom of every page.

It's weird and wonderful between the covers of Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader. There's a monkey trained as a pickpocket in Bogota; the fact that the term 'Junk food' comes from the Dutch 'jonket', that is dried fish/meat rations eaten on long sea voyages; a question 'Can you wiggle your pollex?' which sounds rude but isn't; a real-life bumper sticker that reads 'Bad Cop, No Donut'; a 'Zombie Quiz'; the fact that 'It's illegal to sleep naked in Minnesota'; and, in 'Punditspeak' this quote by Peggy Noonan - 'Put a federal agency in charge of the Sahara Desert and it would run out of sand.' I even found something useful in here, an email address to report those neverending spoof eBay 'Your Billing Information' messages.

Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader is a must read for trivia lovers ... and also for those who are obliged to spend a great deal of time in the bathroom. Enjoy, and as the BRI suggests, 'Go with the Flow!'

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