Oddball Texas: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places [NOOK Book]

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This amusing travel guide to the Lone Star State doesn't waste travelers' time telling them where to find antiques in the Hill Country, take breathtaking hikes through Big Bend, or gaze upon the Alamo. Instead, it guides television fans to a modern replica of the Munsters's mansion, leads the nonsqueamish to the world's only Cockroach Hall of Fame, and points the curious towards a small town filled with hippo statues. Among other things, Texas is home to Goliath-sized roadside attractions, and directions are ...
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Oddball Texas: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

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Overview

This amusing travel guide to the Lone Star State doesn't waste travelers' time telling them where to find antiques in the Hill Country, take breathtaking hikes through Big Bend, or gaze upon the Alamo. Instead, it guides television fans to a modern replica of the Munsters's mansion, leads the nonsqueamish to the world's only Cockroach Hall of Fame, and points the curious towards a small town filled with hippo statues. Among other things, Texas is home to Goliath-sized roadside attractions, and directions are provided on how to reach the World's Largest Six-Shooter, World's Largest Rattlesnake, and World's Largest Wooden Nickel. The accompanying photographs and maps instruct visitors on how to get to these and other extraordinary spots, including the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the Celebrity Shoe Musuem, Alley Oop's Fantasyland, and the Birthplace of Fritos. A dose of wacky Texas history is also included with answers to questions such as Did a UFO really crash into a windmill northwest of Fort Worth in 1897? and What does an Abilene Kinko's have to do with the early retirement of Dan Rather?
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Editorial Reviews

The Chicago Tribune
"Pohlen takes [the sights] all to the next level with droll descriptions that make even Bonnie and Clyde and Lee Harvey Oswald seem comedic."
Library Journal
From a water tower that looks like an oatmeal carton to the Kinko's where the false information about George W. Bush's military record was faxed to Dan Rather, Oddball Texas is full of strange and unknown tourist spots in Texas. A majority of the spots are folk art, plaques, and other drive-by spots that you would not want to spend more than ten minutes visiting. These include the so claimed "world's largest" six-shooter and the "world's largest" roadrunner and the final resting spots of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Pohlen, a radio travel commentator and the author of the "Oddball" travel series, also includes some interesting spots like the fried chicken restaurant in Mexia where Anna Nicole Smith once worked and many small, bizarre, and often overlooked museums such as the Creation Evidence Museum and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. While certainly not a guidebook you would use to plan a vacation, Oddball Texas could be thrown in the car to help break up the monotony of a long road trip across this great big state. Of interest to Texas and regional libraries.-Joel Jones, Kansas P.L., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"If you hanker for offbeat adventure, this is a guidebook to stick under the front seat of your pickup."  —The Enterprise

"Droll descriptions that make even Bonnie and Clyde and Lee Harvey Oswald seem comedic."  —The Chicago Tribune

"A great book for browsing . . . great to keep handy on your next trip to or across the Lone Star State."  —All Info About

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569764725
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Series: Oddball Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Jerome Pohlen is the author of the Oddball series and a regular travel commentator for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. He is a recent recipient of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Essay.

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    Dont worry...i have some strings i can pull. (Gtg)

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    Posted July 21, 2012

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    He revealed his tail for the first time from kithood. It was bald and pink like a mouses tail. He ran into the woodds never to return to this nosy no good clan.

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    Im srry but because no one is on Oddclan is history







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