My Homage To Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. This incredible series of books are one of my main inspirations for starting a blog in the first place. I was always extremely happy upon buying one of these books. They are magnificent tomes that hold crazy, wonderful, and at times, ridiculous facts. I highly recommend picking up one of these books ASAP, as it will have you entertained for hours. This post will be covering some of my favorite facts from the series as a sign of respect for the Bathroom Readers’ Institute. I am going to divide each set of facts into the main article in which they are featured. Now, as Uncle John always says, “Go with the flow”!

  • My First Job: This page covered the first jobs of famous celebrities. The article is featured on page 43 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007.  My favorite facts included; “Steve McQueen was a towel boy in a brothel.”, “Chris Rock was a busboy at Red Lobster.”, and “Walt Disney mashed apples in a jelly factory.”

 

  •  Not For Export: This page displayed many foreign products whose names were    lost in translation. The article is featured on page 99 of Uncle John’s Biggest Ever Bathroom Reader from 2002. The products included; “Ass Glue” a Chinese patent, “Homo Sausage” a Japanese beef jerky, and “Shitto” a spicy pepper sauce from Ghana. 

 

  • Games & Gambling: An article all about the crazy world of gambling and games in general. The article is found on page seven of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book Of Facts And Bizarre Information from 2006. The crazy facts included; “There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in the game of bridge.” “If you add up all the numbers of the roulette wheel (1 to 36), the sum is 666.”, and “One in four compulsive gamblers is a woman.”

 

  • I’m Gonna Wallace! & Cockney Slang: These are very interesting articles about Cockney slang terms. Cockney Slang is found on pages 129-130, while I’m Gonna Wallace is found on page 424 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007. Some fascinating slang terms include; “Mutt and Jeff”, which means “Deaf.” “Trouble and strife”, which translates to “wife.” “Loaf”, which means “head”, and can also be said as “Loaf of Bread.” “Wallace”, means “to barf”, and is short for “Wallace and Grommit.” Lastly, for some reason, “Tom Cruise”, means “booze.”

 

  • Flubbed Headlines: This is a list of outrageous, but true newspaper headlines. Flubbed Headlines is found on page 34 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007. Some of the wacky headlines include; “Woman Improving After Fatal Crash.” “TV ads boost eating of obese children by 130%.” “Dr. Fuchs off to the Antarctic.” Then, the most punny entry, “Suicide squirrels driving utilities nuts.”     

  

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • The First Days of Spring by Salvador Dali 1929 Oil and collage on panel

This is a wonderfully bizarre work by “Master Surrealist”, Salvador Dali. It’s an outdoor piece that has many strange things happening in it. We see a woman with the head of a beehive/bird’s nest hybrid. There’s also a grey man fused to the “face”. The center of the work has a colorful fish sculpture with random numbers printed on its side. The absolute strangest part of the piece has to be the globular human face with the disembodied lower jaw. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

days of spir

 

  • The Territory by Rene Magritte 1957 Oil on canvas

This is a fantastic work by “Belgian Surrealist”, Magritte. It’s yet another outdoor piece that focuses on beauty. The center of the work portrays a colorful countryside with a big green tree and an orange road. It’s surrounded by a baby blue sky with flurry white clouds. The sky gives the work a feeling of mystery and wonder. It’s a amazing blend of Realism and Surrealism. Tell me what you think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

territory

Yokai Wednesdays

Creatures found on yokai.com, Yokai Attack, and yokai.wikia.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures, Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Konaki Jiji is a mischievous creature of Japanese mythology. It’s depicted as a incredible small old man with shape-shifting powers. It can transform into the shape of a wailing baby, and this is to lure prey. If picked up, this devious demon will increase its weight until its victim’s body gets crushed.

konaki

  • Ashiarai Yashiki is a massively tall creature of Japanese folklore. It’s depicted as a monumental disembodied foot that crashes the ceilings of homes in the dead of night. It will demand to be washed, and if the person complies, it’ll vanish into thin air.

ashiki

Another Tasty Dessert From Around The World (Fridays)

Dessert found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at another tasty dessert. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Briouat is a fascinating pastry that comes from Morocco. It’s filled with meat, and usually mixed with pepper, lemon, and cheese. It has a small, triangular shape.

brio

Yokai Wednesdays

Information found on yokai.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Tomokazuki are mischievous creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re depicted as deep-diving women that gather sea creatures. They lure people into the deep sea, eventually drowning them. People can ward them off by wearing magic charms.

tomo

  • Tanuki Tsuki is a very strange phenomena that occurs in Japanese legends. The name refers to a person being possessed by a Tanuki. During the possession, the human will become a huge glutton, and even eat spoiled food. They also begin to talk too much and will have random bursts of violence. 

tats

More Of My Favorite Art Pieces

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to share some my of my favorite artworks with you wonderful people. I hope you guys are ready for some truly interesting works. Now, grab a paintbrush, and let’s get started!

  • Lust for life by Max Ernst 1936 Oil on Canvas: Wow, I love this piece so much! It’s very different from the usual abstract piece. First of all, the piece seems like something that you would see in an exotic garden. The beautiful greenery and a gorgeous sky. However, if you take a close look at the piece, you’ll see some abstract animals and strange spirits. It’s an absolutely fantastic piece that plays tricks on your eyes and is an amazing sight to behold. I highly recommend this piece to anybody that loves colorful and abstract nature paintings.

lust for life

  • The Harlequin carnival by Joan Miro 1924-5 Oil on Canvas: This piece is guaranteed to blow your mind! It’s very unusual, and is very colorful in nature. The painting is filled to the brim with elongated figures, strange objects, and curvy lines. The painting reminds me of what a hallucination might look like, and I love it so much! I would really love to hear what you guys think of this piece, so be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below.

 the harlequin carnival

More Mythical Beasts Of Japan (Wednesdays)

Konichiwa everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to go on another journey to “The Land Of The Rising Sun”.  I hope you guys are ready for some cool new mythical beasts. Now, let’s get started!

  •  Mountain dude! Sansei are very strange and dangerous creatures of Japanese folklore. They are only about 2 to 3 feet tall, have only 1 leg, however they can sure be disastrous to deal with! (yokai.com) Sansei love to eat frogs and birds, and will even steal salt from houses to season them! (yokai.com) While not usually aggressive, they can attack people on some occasions. (yokai.com) You can stop the attack by yelling “Hiderigami”, however if you speak their name, many unfortunate occurrences will happen to you! (yokai.com) These include illness or having your house catch on fire. (yokai.com) 

sansei

  • Don’t lose your head! Nukekubi are extremely dangerous creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re very similar to the Rokurokubi, which I discussed in last week’s post. Like they Rokurokubi, Nukekubi are women with detached heads that fly around the room. (yokai.com) While Rokurokubi are not violent creatures, Nukekubi are very vicious in nature, and will occasionally suck the blood of humans and animals. (yokai.com) 

nuke