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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bathroom Reading Month

The good folks behind Uncle John's Bathroom Reader have declared June to be Bathroom Reading Month. WE ALL DO IT. So here are some good books that lend themselves to browsing through while doing your business...

    

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Zipper Accidents: And Other Cringe-Worthy Events So, they made up the holiday, let's give them the first book. The Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series is designed to be read in the bathroom-- with short, very interesting pieces. It's also designed so you can just open up to any page and start reading-- a must when you don't have your own bathroom.

The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries, 2013 a bit morbid, yes, but these are glimpses into fascinating lives, many of people you've never heard of.

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information The Onion takes on the encyclopedia, resulting in a book that will make you laugh so hard you'll wet yourself, so you might as read it when you're prepared for such a thing.

    

What's Your Poo Telling You? by Anish Sheth, MD and Josh Richman. This fun and easy to read book details different kinds of poo and what causes them-- whether it's what you had for dinner, or a serious medical issues. Lots of pull-out boxes offer other fun facts and information.

Don't Know Much About Geography by Kenneth C. Davis. Davis's Don't Know Much About... series is broken down into a page or two of information or a pop quiz, easy to read in quick bursts, and a fun way to learn something new, or just remind yourself of basic facts before a test.

Toilets of the World by Morna E. Gregory and Sian James. Different cultures and different countries have different toilets. This book is laid out with a picture on every page, where it was taken, and information about the toilet (some require instruction) and the country or culture that uses it.

    

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George. Ok, not necessarily one that lends itself to reading in the bathroom, as it has a more traditional long-length narrative, but the subject matter gives it a spot on the list.

Why Is Snot Green? by Glen Murphy. Told in a question and answer format that's easy to just pick up and start reading, and then set down again, Murphy tells us what happens to astronaut farts, why we haven't been sucked into a black hole, and what sneezes are for. Older readers may want to also check out Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini.

Schott's Original Miscellany A book of random facts-- who are Queen Elizabeth II's official suppliers, pencil hardness, the Fujita scale, Time's People of the Year, which anniversaries are which, the traditional seating arrangement of a symphony orchestra, this book is the ultimate one to pick up, read a bit and learn something random.

What's sitting in YOUR bathroom?

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