Uncle John's Briefs: Quick Bits of Fascinating Facts and Amazing Trivia (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)

Uncle John's Briefs: Quick Bits of Fascinating Facts and Amazing Trivia (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)

Bathroom Readers' Institute

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1607101785

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Uncle John's Briefs: Quick Bits of Fascinating Facts and Amazing Trivia (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)

Bathroom Readers' Institute

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1607101785

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Got a minute to spare? That’s all you’ll need to get a quick hit of great bathroom reading! After hearing from our fans that they’d love an edition with all our best short stuff, we pored through more than 100 past editions to bring you the all-time greatest one- and two-page articles we’ve ever written. Result: Uncle John’s Briefs is chock full of thousands of great facts and hundreds of quick hits covering history, origins, blunders, sports, pop science, and entertainment--plus a sprinkling of riddles, puns, anagrams, and other classic wordplay. Just open up to any one of these 288 pages. Who knows what you might find? Read about...

The secrets of top-secret spy lingo
The monkey that got a head transplant…and lived
Uncle John’s all-time favorite “Stall of Fame” winners
Bizarre recipes: jellied moose nose, steamed muskrat legs, and haggis
The worst movie bloopers from Best Picture Oscar winners
The man who built Death Valley’s “Castle in the Desert”
The little-known story of the best deal in sports history
How to decipher the hidden codes a dollar bill
Sinister left-handed facts
Earth’s greatest hits

And much, much more!

Bullshit: A Lexicon

QI: The Pocket Book of General Ignorance

No Relation

The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life

Why Me? The Very Important emails of Bob Servant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Wall Street Journal, Here Comes Tomorrow! (1966) “When [the housewife of 2000] cleans house she simply turns the hose on everything. Why not? Furniture—(upholstery included), rugs, draperies, unscratchable floors—all are made of synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After the water has run down a drain in the middle of the floor (later concealed by a rug of synthetic fiber), [she] turns on a blast of hot air and dries everything.” — Waldemarr Kaempfert, Popular Mechanics, 1950 The first

University of California, invented a machine that measured pulse, blood pressure, and breathing rate simultaneously. His machine became known as a polygraph, because it measured three types of physiological changes. Today’s polygraphs use these methods, as well as more sophisticated measurements. A piano’s notes cover the full range of all orchestral instruments from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo. THE QUESTIONS The most common questioning

bubblegum, and cinnamon, respectively) as well as candy sheep eyeballs (mango) and “coagulated blood balls” (mmm…cherry!). Ancient Egyptians regarded tattoos as a sign of wealth. POT STICKERS Many toddlers resist potty training because they’re afraid of the toilet. The white porcelain behemoth is supposed to look a lot less imposing with Toilet Buddies: brightly-colored animal stickers that affix to the toilet, making it look kid-friendly enough for the little ones to use it. They’re available

originated. • Vermouth. Fortified white wine flavored with aromatic herbs and spices. It’s no longer true, but the flavorings were originally used to mask the flavor of inferior wines. Vermouth gets its name from wermut, German for wormwood, one of the traditional flavors. • Cordials. Distilled spirits combined with sweetened fruit pulp or fruit juices. Liqueurs are similar to cordials, except that the flavoring is provided by flowers, herbs, seeds, roots, or the bark of plants. Many

of the telephones and the number of footsteps between offices were exactly as they were at LAPD headquarters. Things to Listen For: Controversial subject matter. Dragnet was the first police show to tackle taboo topics, such as sex crimes, drug abuse, and the deaths of children. The grim storyline of the 1949 Christmas episode: An eight-year-old boy is shot and killed by the .22 rifle his friend got for Christmas. Gritty realism and attention to detail helped make Dragnet one of the most popular

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