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Bathroom Readers' Institute
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Sept. 15 2011 Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
Uncle John has the need… for speed! (But he always uses his turn signal.) Hop on in and let the Bathroom Readers' Institute take you on the ultimate road trip. From the first motorized vehicles to the flying cars of tomorrow, you'll race around the world to learn about some great sets of wheels and the gear heads who make them go. And not just cars, this book has planes, trains, roller coasters, yachts, and massive machines that literally move mountains. So strap on your seatbelts - it's going to be a fun ride! Read about…   * Secrets of Hollywood car chases
* The original Cannonball Run
* Taking a ride in the hot-tub limo
* The drag queen
* The history of airships
* The Black Beetle: a New York Central train outfitted with jet engines
* The yacht that cost more than some countries' GDP
* Around the world in 25 ways
* A car without a driver
* A look at how a jet engine works
* Ghost planes and haunted ships
* Pal Newman buys a Beetle
* The origin of crash-test dummies
  'And much, much more!'

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The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market - Throne Sitters - and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories Jan. 7 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Got this for my daughter's boyfriend who is a mechanic and he really liked it.
For a non reader he seemed to really enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fasinating book. Nov. 30 2011
Format:Paperback
I found this book interesting and informative. I got sucked into this book and kept having a hard time putting it down because it taught me stuff about vehicle history that I didn't know. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books are the only non-fiction books I read and buy (and also reread). I like the format of these books because it changes subject almost page by page so you don't get bored. I like the "running feet" (this is what they call footnotes) because they are usually a different subject than what is on the page.

Did you know that if it wasn't for the discovery of gasoline we would have more advanced electric cars because there was electric cars before there was gas powered cars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ton of Transportation Trivia! Feb. 10 2012
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In VROOM!, the Uncle John crew turn their eye on the world of transportation, offering up 464 pages of interesting, informative and occasionally odd information on cars, trucks, trains, planes and other motorized marvels. As with other BATHROOM READER books, VROOM! is a hoot.

Published in 2011, VROOM! follows the tried-and-true BR format of short blurbs, two-three page articles, longer pieces and multi-part articles. In terms of "motorized marvels," my main interest is airplanes. Having said that, I discovered many genuinely interesting pieces in VROOM! on cars, ships, choppers and so on. Among the contents were:

*articles on Evil Knievel and other daredevils;
*a multi-part history of the land speed record;
*a two-pager on the development of crop dusting;
*odd means of transportation like tuk-tuks, boda-bodas and jeepneys;
*transportation firsts;
*the development of hovercraft, icebreakers, etc.;
*the contemporary piracy scene;
*Indy 500 lore;
*fact/fiction in the TOP GUN movie;
*big, bigger and sinfully bigger yachts;
*drag racing legends;
*a history of the Orient Express;
*a four-parter on airships;
*James Bond cars; and,
*one of my favorites: funny one-liners from flight attendants.

In short, whatever your bent, VROOM! will supply you with hours of interesting, entertaining transportation history. Congrats, Uncle John, another winner! Recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars vroom Dec 25 2011
By med50man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Got this book for my son-in-law. He was very happy with it. We both enjoy the bathroom reader series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bathroom readers unite1 Jan. 10 2014
By bigdawg7299 - Published on Amazon.com
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what could be better than sitting on your throne and reading about the automotive world! facts and stories to entertain!
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing trip to the bathroom Aug. 5 2014
By R. L. Beegle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I literally lost count of how many Uncle John's Bathroom Readers I have read or owned through the years-I would reckon at least ten. About ten years ago a person could "join" the bathroom reader's institute. I have also read dozens of books about cars, boats, airplanes, and the like. Given my interest and previous history with these bathroom readers, I could not pass up an opportunity to own this book when I first saw it on a shelf at a local bookstore.

I have to say, however, that I was disappointed in this effort. Unlike many of the bathroom readers before it, I was extremely familiar with most of the material here, which is not a bad thing at all. The problem is that there are many inaccuracies. For example, the author does not differentiate between a turbine engine and a turbocharger. This book is full of little items like this that most readers will never catch, but they will irritate and distract the reader who knows the material. My suggestion is that auto enthusiasts should not bother with this book.

The issue of inaccuracy seems to affect other bathroom readers that concentrate on a particular subject (such as Uncle John's Bathroom Reader History's Lists). That being said, I would also suggest that anyone seeking a bathroom reader look at any of the books in the series that do not concentrate on a particular subject. They are, frankly, more interesting and since the material is more varied, inaccurate information will not be as noticeable and thus not so much a distraction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Series Aug. 7 2014
By Chris Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is tough to write a review for Uncle John's books because they are all great in their own ways. I own over 20 of these books and they are some of the best knowledge anywhere. I am currently completing my doctorate and have to read intense books often. My icing at the end of every night before I fall asleep is reading and Uncle John book. The stories are interesting and I have learned quite a bit over the years. I sometimes am embarrassed by how many times I reference facts I learned from Uncle John.
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