Synopses & Reviews
"My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side." Hubert H. Humphrey (former Senator from Minnesota)
Humphreys sandwich doesnt include any of the top 5 food gifts from Minnesotawild rice, potato lefse, lutefisk, maple sugar and syrup, or bison jerkybut it provides a glimpse into Minnesotans unique character. And favorite son Garrison Keilor isnt the only Minnesotan with a sense of humor; St. Urho Day, created as a joke by a couple of Minnesotan Finns, is today recognized in all 50 states. And whereas all states have official flowers and birds, Minnesota has a state beverage (milk) and muffin (blueberry). Sounds like a good place for breakfast.
Its people are just one interesting facet of a state where travelers can find such fascinating curiosities as the SPAM Museum or the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. And Uncle John cannot help but be enamored of a state with a town competing with cities in Illinois and New York to lay claim to the worlds only two-story outhouse.
Uncle John is rightly enamored of a state with the world's only two-story outhouse. What other state has spawned such disparate personalities as J. Paul Getty, Bob Dylan, and Jesse Ventura? Uncle John now offers this collection of fascinating facts and amusing trivia, providing armchair travelers with a glimpse into Minnesota's people, places, and stunning natural wonders. Illustrations & maps.
Bordering its trading partner, Canada, on the north, Minnesota is the 12th-largest state in the USA. Its no wonder that Minnesota, nicknamed Land of 10,000 Lakes, leads the nation in per capita sales of fishing licenses, with 15,000 streams and over 5,400 fishable lakes. Uncle John is rightly enamored of a state with the worlds only two-story outhouse, and while all states have official flowers and birds, Minnesota has a state beverage (milk) and muffin (blueberry). What other state has spawned such disparate personalities as J. Paul Getty, Bob Dylan, and Jesse Ventura? Its people are just one interesting facet of a state where travelers can find such fascinating curiosities as the SPAM Museum or the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. Over 300 pages of interesting facts and amusing trivia provide armchair travelers with a glimpse into Minnesotas people, places, and stunning natural wonders.
Whats not to love about the state that gave us the Pillsbury Doughboy? Oh, and Judy Garland, Bob Dylan, and Prince, too! Minnesota is a state with a rich history and a proud citizenship, and as Uncle John found out firsthand, Minnesota Nice” is not an understatement. From the town of Tenney (Pop. 6) to the burgeoning metropolis of the Twin Cities, youll be warmed up with amazing facts, fascinating history, and fun quizzes. Check out
Hold the Mayo (Clinic)
A trip down the mighty Mississip
The birthplace of Spam (the meat, not the e-mails)
Behind the scenes of Fargo, Purple Rain, and other Minnesota movies
How a Minnesotan was responsible for hockeys Miracle on Ice”
When the Swedes founded Saint Paul
Hello from Lake Wobegon!
And much, much more!
About the Author
Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society
The Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society proudly follows in the grand tradition of its older sibling, the Bathroom Readers' Institute. This conglomeration of scholarly scribes is devoted to bringing primo prose, terrific trivia, and quality quizzes and puzzles to every volume of the UJBR Plunges series. Featuring true experts in almost every field imaginable, the BRHS and their themed volumes promise to be a superior source of bathroom reading.