Synopses & Reviews
Hey, sports fans: Sports Spectacular
is bigger and better than ever! The not-so-dumb jocks at the BRI have packed in all the best sports and games articles from the wildly successful Uncle Johns Bathroom Reader
series—and then bulked the whole thing up with more than 50 fan-tastic new pages. So place the ball on the tee, square up to the basket, and make sure your laces are laced tight, because its time to throw the dice through the goalposts for a home run! Youll feel the thrill of victory and laugh at the agony of defeat as you read about . . .
The origins of all the major sports (and a bunch of minor ones)
Classic games, from poker and pinball to Monopoly and Donkey Kong
How to play bathroom blackjack
The worlds worst matador
The Goodyear Blimp
Mascots gone wild
NASCARs illegal origins
Dodging the cow pies when you play pasture golf
Finnish wife-carrying, gerbil racing, flagpole sitting, and other bizarre sports
And much, much more!
"Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces" takes aim at providing the heroic, historic, and entertaining stories of America's five armed forces: Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Subjects include a history of the draft, dog tags then and now, schools for snipers and top guns, M*A*S*H: the true story, and things we can thank the service for, including microwaves and MREs. Here too are fascinating topics such as cartoon soldiers, from Sad Sack and Sergeant Rock to Beetle Bailey and Steve Canyon; 38 uses for the P-38 can opener; the history of the submarine; and much more. These stories vary in length, making them suitable for both brief pit stops and lingering visits to the throne.
Uncle Johns team of all-star writers tackled the storied archives for their funniest, weirdest, and most entertaining sports articles ever. And then, to top it off, they added a spectacular bunch of new stories. You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy these stories of hard-won victory, agonizing defeat, locker room low-jinx, or little-known sports lore. So settle in and read about the origins of football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, ping pong, and more; histories of classic games, from poker and pinball to Donkey Kong and Dungeons and Dragons; the science of golf balls, hockey pucks, and Olympic swimmers; sports firsts, lasts, oldests, newests, and weirdests; plus odd bar sports, flagpole-sitting, dumb jocks, mascots gone wild, and much, much more. Divided into short, medium, and long sections, the book is perfect for both quick trips to the bullpen and day-night double-headers.
Uncle John's team of all-star writers tackles the storied archives for their funniest, weirdest, and most entertaining sports articles ever. Settle in and read about the origins of football, baseball, and basketball; the science of hockey pucks; mascots gone wild; and more.
About the Author
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.