Kentucky Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

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Kentucky Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Bluegrass State has to offer. Best-selling author Vince Staten and journalist Liz Baldi have combed Kentucky for one-of-a-kind gems that make their home state truly unique. You'll pucker up to a pig, witness the creation of the world's largest ham biscuit (all 4,000 pounds of it), and cheer on the underpig at the Trigg County Country Ham Festival. You'll explore the world's largest cave system, ...
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Overview

Kentucky Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Bluegrass State has to offer. Best-selling author Vince Staten and journalist Liz Baldi have combed Kentucky for one-of-a-kind gems that make their home state truly unique. You'll pucker up to a pig, witness the creation of the world's largest ham biscuit (all 4,000 pounds of it), and cheer on the underpig at the Trigg County Country Ham Festival. You'll explore the world's largest cave system, purchase your very own 5-foot-tall cement rooster, and take in a saloon show at Cave City, a.k.a. Tacky Town, USA. You'll hear the story behind the real inventor of the radio, put on your clogs and dance at the Hillbilly Festival, and show off your vocal stylings on Big Singing Day in Benton. Whether you were born and raised in Kentucky or are a recent transplant, Staten and Baldi's home-grown humor will have you laughing out loud as they introduce you to the neighbors you never knew you had and take you to places you never knew existed -- right in your own backyard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762769766
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Curiosities Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 954,247
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

 

Vince Staten is the author of thirteen books, including the bestsellers Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench? and Jack Daniel’s Old-Time Barbecue Cookbook. He is a freelance writer, author, syndicated columnist, movie critic, lecturer, professor and restaurateur. (And one of these days he plans to settle down and pick a career.) His writings have appeared in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Times Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Kingsport, Tennessee Time-News, and Review, Icon, and Bon Appetit magazines. For seven years he served as a Commissioner of the City of River Bluff, Kentucky (population 356). He was never indicted.

Reporter Liz Baldi has written for Kentucky Monthly and other publications.

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Up All Night at the Coffee Museum
Louisville
Some strive for greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them. In Kentucky, we just take what we can get. That's why we dedicate little back-pocket museums to matters of small consequence.
Which brings us to the Coffee Museum. You might think that, say, Brazil, would be the perfect location for a Coffee Museum. But you're thinking about production. We're talking consumption here. At one time Louisvillians drank more coffee per capita than any other city in America.
We lost that crown long ago. See, our typing doesn't even shake anymore. But during our coffee binge we produced our own coffee king, Jon Conti, who sold more coffee than any coffee manufacturer not on a coast.
Part of being a coffee king means collecting all the paraphernalia that goes along with coffee so Conti acquired quite a collection of mugs and pots and filters. You can see it all at the Jon Conti Coffee Museum.
The Jon Conti Coffee Museum is at 2309 Beuchel By-Pass. Take the Bardstown Rd. exit, exit 16, from I-264. Turn left on Beuchel By-Pass, 1.5 miles from the interstate. The Museum is another 2.3 miles on the right.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vi
Introduction vii
Louisville 1
The Bluegrass 37
The Mountains 67
The Pennyrile 95
The Jackson Purchase 147
Northern Kentucky 171
Index 206
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