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What Makes Flamingos Pink?

by Bill McLain HarperCollins (October 12, 2010)

Do spiders sleep? Why are barns red? Why is there a crescent moon on outhouse doors? Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

As the Xerox Corporation's official webmaster, Bill McLain...


The World's Worsts

by Les Krantz HarperCollins e-books (June 22, 2010)

A hilarious collection of the lowest of the lows – from the worst generals to the dumbest dogs, the shortest Hollywood marriages to the most dangerous golf courses.

The World's Worsts is the latest compendium...


Don't Know Much About Anything Else

by Kenneth C. Davis HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

For years, Kenneth C. Davis has enlightened and enthralled us, opening our minds and tickling our fancies with his wonderfully irreverent, fun, and factual Don't Know Much About® books. He has carried readers...


Don't Know Much About Anything

by Kenneth C. Davis HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology,...


Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge

by Editors of Mental Floss HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts!

mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge...


mental floss presents Instant Knowledge

by Editors of Mental Floss William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2009)

Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world,...


Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

by Albert Jack HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone...


Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 03, 2019)

It’s all about the facts—and Uncle John is back with a ton of them!

For the 32nd year, Uncle John and his loyal researchers have teamed up to bring you the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history,...


The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of William Shakespeare

by Max Morris Skyhorse (September 05, 2017)

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,” said the world’s greatest and most preeminent English writer of all time, William Shakespeare.

Have you ever wanted to quote the most quoted writer in the English...


The Baseball Maniac's Almanac

by Stuart Shea, Ken Samelson & Bert Randolph Sugar Sports Publishing (March 15, 2016)

An addictive read that is sure to spark conversation wherever baseball is spoken, this updated edition of The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac is part reference, part trivia, part brain teaser, and absolutely the...


The Little Red Book of Hope

by Nick Lyons & Tony Lyons Skyhorse (April 20, 2013)

Hope is an interesting thing. Some think it’s foolish, often misplaced, and at rarer times devastating; but more agree that hope is an integral and beautiful part of life, something that implicitly makes us...


Literary Love

by Isobel Carlson Skyhorse (February 04, 2014)

A collection of quips and quotes from some of the greatest writers ever, on the subject that has inspired so much of their work–love.

All around the world, every second of the day, people are falling in love....


The Times On This Day: Facts and trivia for every day of the year

by James Owen Times Books (October 04, 2018)

Do you know when the Duke of Albemarle arranged Britain’s first boxing match, between his butler and his butcher? Or when the first speeding fine was issued for exceeding 2 mph in a built-up area?

The Times...


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 Plunges into New Jersey

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

Uncle John takes a full-color plunge into the Garden State!

As the birthplace of baseball, the Boss, and Bubble Wrap—New Jersey has got it all, and Uncle John’s Plunges into New Jersey (Illustrated Edition)...


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 Plunges into Canada

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

Uncle John Plunges into Canada . . . in color!

Uncle John and the folks at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute love all things Canadian and figure that just because we weren’t lucky enough to be born in the Great...


Uncle John's Plunges into New York

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

Uncle John Plunges into New York…in color!

You think you know New York? Fugeddaboutit! Uncle John knows New York, though, and he’s taking readers on a whirlwind tour of America’s greatest city…this time...


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...


Strange Science

by Editors of Portable Press Portable Press (June 01, 2017)

It's scientifically proven: this book is full of seriously strange stuff!

This amazing volume from the Bathroom Readers' Institute contains the strangest short science articles from dozens of Bathroom Readers—along...


Do Geese Get Goose Bumps?

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 01, 2016)

A Q&A book full of things you didn't know you need to know.

Find the answers to hundreds of life's most perplexing questions in this entertaining collection from the editors at Portable Press (the team behind...


Uncle John's UNCANNY Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2016)

The most trusted name in trivia has done it again!

What’s so uncanny about the 29th annual edition of Uncle John’s? This enduring book series has been delivering entertaining information to three generations...


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 Bathroom Reader Weird Canada

by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 10, 2013)

The Great White North is revealed as the Great Weird North in this entertaining tome from the best-selling Bathroom Reader series.

Did you know that Canada was almost called Hochelaga? That’s just one of thousands...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Texas Bigger and Better

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

Uncle John ropes, wrassles, and rides into the Lone Star State in this updated, king-sized grab-bag of all things Texas.

Packed with 60 new pages, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Texas Expanded Edition!...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Zipper Accidents

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

From the world leader in wacky news and amusing true stories comes a book chock full of cringe-inducing (but hilarious) moments of failure.

For 25 years, there’s always been a home in Uncle John’s Bathroom...


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,...