Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Wise Up!

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Wise Up! by Bathroom Readers’ Institute Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Bathroom Readers’ Institute
(Cohen) and Jerry (Greenfield) took a $5 correspondence course in ice-cream making.
    The Spice Girls had a #1 hit in 53 countries within six months of their debut.
    Artist with the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without a #1 hit: James Brown.
    In 1980, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Parrott won on opening day. His record that season: 1–16.

Female Flyers
    First licensed female pilot in the United States: Harriet Quimby, in 1911. She died a year later when her plane pitched forward and ejected her during an air show in Massachusetts.
    During World War II, the Soviet army had three female air divisions.
    Record-breaking pilot Jackie Cochran (the first woman to break the sound barrier and to fly a jet across an ocean) was one of the founders of the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, during World War II.
    Beginning in 1976, women could train to be U.S. military pilots. But they weren’t allowed to fly combat missions until 1993.
    A women pilots’ club, the Ninety-Nines, began in 1929 with 99 members (hence the name). Today, the group lists more than 5,000 female pilots on its roster.
    Today, women make up about 6 percent of all U.S. pilots.
    Amelia Earhart’s reason for making her (doomed) 1937 trip around the world: “I want to do it because I must do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”

World Records
    World’s longest hot dog: a 1,996-foot wiener made by the Sara Lee Corporation for the 1996 Olympics.
    Largest art museum: the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia (322 galleries, nearly 3 million works of art).
    The world record for the most golf balls balanced on top of each other is seven.
    World’s largest baseball card collection: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (200,000 cards).
    Largest mass yodel: 1,795 people, participating in the 2004 Yahoo! Yodel Challenge.
    The world’s largest jazz festival took place in Quebec in 2004; more than a million jazz fans turned out.
    World’s largest playable electric guitar is 43' 7 ½" long and weighs 2,244 pounds.
    Largest free concert ever: Rod Stewart in Brazil, 1994. More than 3.5 million people attended.
    Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, has a 50,000-square-foot sliding glass door, the world’s largest.
    The world’s longest golf course: the 8,450-yard Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club in Lijiang, China.
    The world’s oldest rock band that’s still together is the Dutch group Golden Earring, which formed in 1961.
    Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was on the charts longer than any other album in history (741 weeks).
    Largest group with a hit single: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the 375-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir (1959).

Technology Bytes
    In computer lingo, a nybble is four bits, or half of a byte.
    E-mail was introduced into the White House in 1992.
    The Vatican has named Saint Isadore the patron saint of computers and the Internet.
    At its height, Elwood Edwards’s AOL “You’ve Got Mail” greeting was heard 18,000 times a minute.
    One survey showed that, of 25,500 standard English words, 93 percent had been registered as dot-coms.
    Sixty-three percent of online music suppliers are based in Europe.
    In 2004, the first “robot conductor” led the Tokyo Philharmonic. They played Beethoven’s Fifth.
    The patent name for the first computer mouse was “X/Y position indicator for a display system.”
    The iCarta is a combination iPod and toilet-paper holder.
    The South Korean government has promised to put a robot in every home by 2013.
    First downloadable single to sell more than a million copies: Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” (2005).
    The billionth song downloaded from iTunes: Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound.”
    Computer equipment gets dusty faster than furniture.
    First nonhuman to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year: the personal computer (1982).

People in the Bible
    ISREALITES. The word “Israelite” is an English translation

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