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15th Nov '13 5:26:44 AM Twentington
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-->''"Go with the flow!"''

A series of books first published in 1988, composed of trivia, humor and reference all [[IncrediblyLamePun rolled]] into one. As the name implies, it is ostensibly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin something to read while sitting on the toilet]], and comes with a laminated cover (presumably for waterproofing), and articles are rated by length, so that you can decide what to read based on your, ahem, needs. The books include articles on various historical topics, pop culture trivia, [[StupidCrooks dumb criminal stories]], quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) people, assorted lists, and much more. The content is presented somewhat tongue-in-cheek, not at all shying away from [[HurricaneOfPuns wordplay]] and the occasional ToiletHumor, but still manages to be highly entertaining. As if the stories and lists weren't enough, each page also has "running feet" -- a little fact printed at the bottom margin.

As of 2010, there are 22 volumes, not counting a multitude of {{Spin Off}}s (e.g., special versions for kids and even for mothers; the "Plunges into" series, where each story centralizes on a certain topic; various puzzle and Sudoku books). Other volumes have been amassed into "Best Of"s.

The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton]] -- of San Francisco, as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.

[[folder: Classic Edition Series]]
* ''Uncle Johnís Bathroom Reader'' (1988)
* ''Uncle Johnís Second Bathroom Reader'' (1989)
* ''Uncle Johnís Third Bathroom Reader'' (1990)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fourth Bathroom Reader'' (1991)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fifth Bathroom Reader'' (1992)
* ''Uncle Johnís Sixth Bathroom Reader'' (1993)
* ''Uncle Johnís Seventh Bathroom Reader'' (1994)
* ''The Best Of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader'' (1995)
* ''Uncle Johnís Ultimate Bathroom Reader'' (1996)
* ''Uncle Johnís Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (1997)
* ''Uncle Johnís Great Big Bathroom Reader'' (1998)
* ''Uncle John's 4-Ply Bathroom Reader'' (1998) (a compilation of material from the first four books)
* ''Uncle Johnís Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Reader'' (1999)
* ''Uncle Johnís Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader'' (1999) (a compilation of material from books five through seven)
* ''Uncle Johnís All-Purpose Extra-Strength Bathroom Reader'' (2000)
* ''Uncle Johnís Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader'' (2001)
* ''Uncle Johnís Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader'' (2002)
* ''Uncle Johnís Unstoppable Bathroom Reader'' (2003)
* ''Uncle Johnís Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader'' (2004)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader'' (2005)
* ''Uncle Johnís Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader'' (2006)
* ''Uncle Johnís Gigantic Bathroom Reader'' (2006) (a compilation of the ''Giant 10th Anniversary'' and ''Absolutely Absorbing'' Bathroom Readers)
* ''Uncle Johnís Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (2007)
* ''Uncle Johnís Monumental Bathroom Reader'' (2007) (a compilation of the ''Supremely Satisfying'' and ''All-Purpose Extra-Strength'' Bathroom Readers)
* ''Uncle Johnís Unsinkable Bathroom Reader'' (2008)
* ''The Best Of The Best Of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader'' (2008)
* ''Uncle Johnís Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader'' (2009)
* ''Uncle John's Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader'' (2010)
* ''Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader'' (2011)
* ''Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (2012)
[[/folder]]

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!!This book series contains examples of:
* CanadaEh: Many segments throughout the book series are dedicated to Canadian culture.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Invoked in at least one volume, which contains a page of errata from previous editions. One note in particular pointed out that an earlier book had contradicting facts: one page said that ants don't sleep, and another said that ants stretch after they wake up. They basically {{Handwave}}d this one by saying that it's not really known whether ants sleep or not.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first couple of books were smaller and had shorter articles that often started with a brief history of the subject followed by several tidbits about it. It wasn't until the fifth book that the articles got larger and more in-depth.
* FunWithAcronyms: UJPORAD (Uncle John's Page of Random Acronym Definitions) and APOUJRAD (Another Page of Uncle John's Random Acronym Definitions), both of which describe the meanings behind acronyms and initialisms.
* TheGhost: Just who ''is'' Uncle John anyway? Nobody seems to know until 2012, when it was revealed that "Uncle John" is Gordon Javna, the brother of writer John Javna. They have mentioned in a few books that Uncle John is ''definitely'' not the guy on the back of every book, as often assumed. That guy's name isn't John, but Larry Kelp and he's only a technician for the Bathroom Readers Institute.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In a segment called "It Worked... Too Well".
* HurricaneOfPuns: The writers ''love'' puns, especially if they relate to the bathroom in any way; the [[IncrediblyLamePun lamer]], the better.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Starting with ''Ultimate'', the books all took some form of ''Uncle John's [adjective phrase] Bathroom Reader''.
** They stopped the ''Uncle John's Nth Bathroom Reader'' business because they didn't want [[ViewersAreMorons new readers to think that they had to read them in order]].
* LongRunningBookSeries
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Many of the brainteasers. Example: "Julia is riding a horse. Directly to her left is a hippo traveling at the same speed. In front of her is an elephant, also traveling at the same speed. Following behind her - at the same speed - is a lion. And to her right is a ledge. How will Julia make it to safety?" (Answer: [[spoiler:By getting off the carousel.]])
* RunningGag: From about ''All-Purpose Extra Strength'' onward, every book has a running foot reading "Hi Mom!"
* ShoutOut: Plenty on the index pages, mostly to friends of the writers.
* ToiletHumor: Every book manages to get in a couple fart jokes, although there are some more scientific articles about farts as well.
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<<|LongRunners|>>
-->''In 1964, the BBC reported that Ringo Starr had his toenails removed. It was actually his tonsils.''

to:

[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bathroomreader_2111.jpg]]

-->''"Go with the flow!"''

A series of books first published in 1988, composed of trivia, humor and reference all [[IncrediblyLamePun rolled]] into one. As the name implies, it is ostensibly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin something to read while sitting on the toilet]], and comes with a laminated cover (presumably for waterproofing), and articles are rated by length, so that you can decide what to read based on your, ahem, needs. The books include articles on various historical topics, pop culture trivia, [[StupidCrooks dumb criminal stories]], quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) people, assorted lists, and much more. The content is presented somewhat tongue-in-cheek, not at all shying away from [[HurricaneOfPuns wordplay]] and the occasional ToiletHumor, but still manages to be highly entertaining. As if the stories and lists weren't enough, each page also has "running feet" -- a little fact printed at the bottom margin.

As of 2010, there are 22 volumes, not counting a multitude of {{Spin Off}}s (e.g., special versions for kids and even for mothers; the "Plunges into" series, where each story centralizes on a certain topic; various puzzle and Sudoku books). Other volumes have been amassed into "Best Of"s.

The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton]] -- of San Francisco, as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.

[[folder: Classic Edition Series]]
* ''Uncle Johnís Bathroom Reader'' (1988)
* ''Uncle Johnís Second Bathroom Reader'' (1989)
* ''Uncle Johnís Third Bathroom Reader'' (1990)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fourth Bathroom Reader'' (1991)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fifth Bathroom Reader'' (1992)
* ''Uncle Johnís Sixth Bathroom Reader'' (1993)
* ''Uncle Johnís Seventh Bathroom Reader'' (1994)
* ''The Best Of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader'' (1995)
* ''Uncle Johnís Ultimate Bathroom Reader'' (1996)
* ''Uncle Johnís Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (1997)
* ''Uncle Johnís Great Big Bathroom Reader'' (1998)
* ''Uncle John's 4-Ply Bathroom Reader'' (1998) (a compilation of material from the first four books)
* ''Uncle Johnís Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Reader'' (1999)
* ''Uncle Johnís Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader'' (1999) (a compilation of material from books five through seven)
* ''Uncle Johnís All-Purpose Extra-Strength Bathroom Reader'' (2000)
* ''Uncle Johnís Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader'' (2001)
* ''Uncle Johnís Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader'' (2002)
* ''Uncle Johnís Unstoppable Bathroom Reader'' (2003)
* ''Uncle Johnís Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader'' (2004)
* ''Uncle Johnís Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader'' (2005)
* ''Uncle Johnís Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader'' (2006)
* ''Uncle Johnís Gigantic Bathroom Reader'' (2006) (a compilation of the ''Giant 10th Anniversary'' and ''Absolutely Absorbing'' Bathroom Readers)
* ''Uncle Johnís Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (2007)
* ''Uncle Johnís Monumental Bathroom Reader'' (2007) (a compilation of the ''Supremely Satisfying'' and ''All-Purpose Extra-Strength'' Bathroom Readers)
* ''Uncle Johnís Unsinkable Bathroom Reader'' (2008)
* ''The Best Of The Best Of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader'' (2008)
* ''Uncle Johnís Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader'' (2009)
* ''Uncle John's Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader'' (2010)
* ''Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader'' (2011)
* ''Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (2012)
[[/folder]]

----
!!This book series contains examples of:
* CanadaEh: Many segments throughout the book series are dedicated to Canadian culture.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Invoked in at least one volume, which contains a page of errata from previous editions. One note in particular pointed out that an earlier book had contradicting facts: one page said that ants don't sleep, and another said that ants stretch after they wake up. They basically {{Handwave}}d this one by saying that it's not really known whether ants sleep or not.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first couple of books were smaller and had shorter articles that often started with a brief history of the subject followed by several tidbits about it. It wasn't until the fifth book that the articles got larger and more in-depth.
* FunWithAcronyms: UJPORAD (Uncle John's Page of Random Acronym Definitions) and APOUJRAD (Another Page of Uncle John's Random Acronym Definitions), both of which describe the meanings behind acronyms and initialisms.
* TheGhost: Just who ''is'' Uncle John anyway? Nobody seems to know until 2012, when it was revealed that "Uncle John" is Gordon Javna, the brother of writer John Javna. They have mentioned in a few books that Uncle John is ''definitely'' not the guy on the back of every book, as often assumed. That guy's name isn't John, but Larry Kelp and he's only a technician for the Bathroom Readers Institute.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In a segment called "It Worked... Too Well".
* HurricaneOfPuns: The writers ''love'' puns, especially if they relate to the bathroom in any way; the [[IncrediblyLamePun lamer]], the better.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Starting with ''Ultimate'', the books all took some form of ''Uncle John's [adjective phrase] Bathroom Reader''.
** They stopped the ''Uncle John's Nth Bathroom Reader'' business because they didn't want [[ViewersAreMorons new readers to think that they had to read them in order]].
* LongRunningBookSeries
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Many of the brainteasers. Example: "Julia is riding a horse. Directly to her left is a hippo traveling at the same speed. In front of her is an elephant, also traveling at the same speed. Following behind her - at the same speed - is a lion. And to her right is a ledge. How will Julia make it to safety?" (Answer: [[spoiler:By getting off the carousel.]])
* RunningGag: From about ''All-Purpose Extra Strength'' onward, every book has a running foot reading "Hi Mom!"
* ShoutOut: Plenty on the index pages, mostly to friends of the writers.
* ToiletHumor: Every book manages to get in a couple fart jokes, although there are some more scientific articles about farts as well.
----
<<|LongRunners|>>
-->''In 1964, the BBC reported that Ringo Starr had his toenails removed. It was actually his tonsils.''
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18th Apr '13 4:53:03 PM mr3urious
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* ''Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader'' (2012)
13th Apr '13 11:36:00 AM Twentington
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* TheGhost: Just who ''is'' Uncle John anyway? Nobody seems to know.
** Its been vaguely hinted that its humorist John Javna, who co-created the series and has contributed large parts to every book since the series started. However, "Javna = Uncle John" has never been exactly confirmed.
** They have mentioned in a few books that Uncle John is ''definitely'' not the guy on the back of every book, as often assumed. That guy's name isn't John, but Larry Kelp and he's only a technician for the Bathroom Readers Institute.

to:

* TheGhost: Just who ''is'' Uncle John anyway? Nobody seems to know.
** Its been vaguely hinted
know until 2012, when it was revealed that its humorist John Javna, who co-created the series and has contributed large parts to every book since the series started. However, "Javna = Uncle "Uncle John" has never been exactly confirmed.
**
is Gordon Javna, the brother of writer John Javna. They have mentioned in a few books that Uncle John is ''definitely'' not the guy on the back of every book, as often assumed. That guy's name isn't John, but Larry Kelp and he's only a technician for the Bathroom Readers Institute.
7th Apr '13 7:03:20 PM SgtFrog1
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A series of books first published in 1988, composed of trivia, humor and reference all [[IncrediblyLamePun rolled]] into one. As the name implies, it is ostensibly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin something to read while sitting on the toilet]], and comes with a laminated cover (presumably for waterproofing), and articles are rated by length, so that you can decide what to read based on your, ahem, needs. The books include articles on various historical topics, pop culture trivia, [[WhatAnIdiot dumb criminal stories]], quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) people, assorted lists, and much more. The content is presented somewhat tongue-in-cheek, not at all shying away from [[HurricaneOfPuns wordplay]] and the occasional ToiletHumor, but still manages to be highly entertaining. As if the stories and lists weren't enough, each page also has "running feet" -- a little fact printed at the bottom margin.

to:

A series of books first published in 1988, composed of trivia, humor and reference all [[IncrediblyLamePun rolled]] into one. As the name implies, it is ostensibly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin something to read while sitting on the toilet]], and comes with a laminated cover (presumably for waterproofing), and articles are rated by length, so that you can decide what to read based on your, ahem, needs. The books include articles on various historical topics, pop culture trivia, [[WhatAnIdiot [[StupidCrooks dumb criminal stories]], quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) people, assorted lists, and much more. The content is presented somewhat tongue-in-cheek, not at all shying away from [[HurricaneOfPuns wordplay]] and the occasional ToiletHumor, but still manages to be highly entertaining. As if the stories and lists weren't enough, each page also has "running feet" -- a little fact printed at the bottom margin.
7th Jan '13 4:38:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of Emperor Norton -- of San Francisco (no, they're not making him up), as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.

to:

The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton Norton]] -- of San Francisco (no, they're not making him up), Francisco, as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.
18th Oct '12 12:17:24 PM Twentington
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* CriticalResearchFailure: [[invoked]] Invoked in at least one volume, which contains a page of errata from previous editions. One note in particular pointed out that an earlier book had contradicting facts: one page said that ants don't sleep, and another said that ants stretch after they wake up. They basically {{Handwave}}d this one by saying that it's not really known whether ants sleep or not.

to:

* CriticalResearchFailure: [[invoked]] CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Invoked in at least one volume, which contains a page of errata from previous editions. One note in particular pointed out that an earlier book had contradicting facts: one page said that ants don't sleep, and another said that ants stretch after they wake up. They basically {{Handwave}}d this one by saying that it's not really known whether ants sleep or not.
9th Aug '12 4:18:00 PM Twentington
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The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of Emperor Norton -- of San Francisco (no, they're not making him up)[[hottip:*:Look for him on ThisVeryWiki--you'll find him [[CrazyAwesome/RealLife here]].]], as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.

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The Bathroom Reader series covers topics both interesting and obscure; witness the story of Emperor Norton -- of San Francisco (no, they're not making him up)[[hottip:*:Look for him on ThisVeryWiki--you'll find him [[CrazyAwesome/RealLife here]].]], up), as well as the history of the GI Joe action figure and historical dissertations ranging from the evolution of money to the French Revolution.
9th Aug '12 4:17:25 PM Twentington
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** Actually (and probably quite surprisingly), he's almost certainly SF writer John Scalzi. In fact, in later volumes, Scalzi's credited with being the editor of many of the Bathroom Institute books.
*** Actually, it's not John Scalzi (I know because he's me). It's true I wrote for the book series and there are two books with my name on them as author (Book of the Dumb and Book of the Dumb 2). But the series existed well before I was involved.
23rd Jul '12 10:45:27 PM Scalzi
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*** Actually, it's not John Scalzi (I know because he's me). It's true I wrote for the book series and there are two books with my name on them as author (Book of the Dumb and Book of the Dumb 2). But the series existed well before I was involved.
16th Jul '12 3:06:37 PM mr3urious
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* ''Uncle Johnís Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader'' (1999)

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* ''Uncle Johnís Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader'' (1999)(1999) (a compilation of material from books five through seven)



* ''Uncle Johnís Gigantic Bathroom Reader'' (2006)(a compilation of the ''Giant 10th Anniversary'' and ''Absolutely Absorbing'' Bathroom Readers)

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* ''Uncle Johnís Gigantic Bathroom Reader'' (2006)(a (2006) (a compilation of the ''Giant 10th Anniversary'' and ''Absolutely Absorbing'' Bathroom Readers)



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first couple of books were smaller and had shorter articles that often started with a brief history of the subject followed by several tidbits about it. Longer articles didn't show up until around 1996.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first couple of books were smaller and had shorter articles that often started with a brief history of the subject followed by several tidbits about it. Longer It wasn't until the fifth book that the articles didn't show up until around 1996.got larger and more in-depth.
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