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Best Bathroom Reads Ever

I was, ahemmm, um, sitting on the, um, throne, the other day, reading and laughing out loud, when it occurred to me that my book was a great bathroom read. And perhaps many people had other great book recommendations for the bathroom.

My Best Bathroom Read right now is “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar” by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein. The reason I love this book, other than the fact that you can read short or long snippets, depending on how much time you need, is that the book explains philosophy through jokes.

Each paragraph gives a synopsis of a particular brand of philosophical thinking and communicating, and then illustrates the point with a joke.

Here’s an example from the book:

“William James described a spectrum of ways of thinking, ranging from “tender-minded” to “tough-minded.” More tender-minded philosophers maintain that vague, natural languages have an advantage over mathematics: They give us more wiggle room.

An eighty-year-old woman burst into the men’s day-room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, “Anyone who can guess what I have in my hand can have sex with me tonight!”
An old man in the back shouts, “An elephant!”
The woman thinks for a moment and says, “Close enough!”
 

Well, I thought this was funny! 🙂

Please tell us in the comments section below, what are your Best Bathroom Reads? Why? Any great snippets?

Cheers,

Shelle