Does the daily post have a random word generator? Farce is another word I do not use on a regular basis. I googled synonyms because that’s how I find words that I actually do use on a regular basis and came up with absurd, joke, satire, etc. So I decided to talk about this book:
This is a real thing. I assure you. I found the 18th and 19th edition! That just tells you how popular these books must be. Here’s the synopsis on the back of the book, word for word:
Uncle John’s Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader will cure chronic boredom, calm the hungry mind and relieve your aching funny bone as you absorb these fun and fascinating pages. As always, the contents are divided by length: Quickies, for the reader on the go, Medium for a regular stay, Long if you’re staying a little longer, and an Extended-Sitting Section for those leg-numbing visits
To add to that, the words are curved on the back of the book to simulate the roundness of a toilet! Genius.
Back to what I was saying, everybody poops. If you don’t, you have a problem and should see a doctor immediately. One of the stories I found when flipping through this book (I may or may not have been on the toilet at the time) was toilet paper story number 21. It’s called “They Are What You Eat” with the tagline “You eat these products and drink a few of them too. But how much do you know about the people they are named for?” I was drawn to the story about Earl Grey. Even if you’re not a tea drinker, you have to have heard of Earl Grey or seen it at your favorite coffee shop or in the grocery. Here’s a bit of a history lesson for you.
Earl Grey was actually a title. His real name was Charles Grey and he was the second prime minister, they called them Earl Grey, of Great Britain and he ended slavery throughout the British Empire. The tea got dubbed Earl Grey because a British envoy saved an important Chinese government official who was so grateful he sent this wonderful gift of black tea flavored by bergamot oil. Bergamot is a citrus fruit if you were wondering. I had to google it because it doesn’t sound like a citrus fruit to me at all. Anyway, here’s the kicker. When Grey’s tea supply became low, he’d asked his tea merchant, Twinings, to make more. It became so popular with the people of town that they would go to Twinings and ask for “Earl Grey’s” tea.
What a cool story right?? The more you know.
As an extra laugh, I showed my co-worker this book and she told me she keeps a toilet log in her bathroom so when she has gatherings and people go to poop, they can write things in the toilet log for others to read and add to when they find themselves having an “extended stay”.
That’s one of the best ideas ever! What do you think?