Oddball Wisconsin: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

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Chatty Belle, the World's Largest Talking Cow. The Mendota Monster. Apostles on Parade. The UFO Capital of the World. Romeo, the clown-stomping elephant. Car-washing octopi. Other travel guides suggest the same old scenic driving tours, homey bed-and-breakfasts, and the best fall foliage—Oddball Wisconsin offers offbeat travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Where was Liberace born? What is a hodag and where do you catch one? Who invented the hamburger? And will a Polka Hall of Fame ever be ...
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Chatty Belle, the World's Largest Talking Cow. The Mendota Monster. Apostles on Parade. The UFO Capital of the World. Romeo, the clown-stomping elephant. Car-washing octopi. Other travel guides suggest the same old scenic driving tours, homey bed-and-breakfasts, and the best fall foliage—Oddball Wisconsin offers offbeat travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Where was Liberace born? What is a hodag and where do you catch one? Who invented the hamburger? And will a Polka Hall of Fame ever be built? This is the guide to the real Wisconsin, birthplace of the snowmobile, the typewriter, and the ice cream sundae, home to Jimmy the Groundhog and home of the Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave—the state where people proudly wear the moniker “cheesehead.”
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Editorial Reviews

Chuck Shepherd
This in not your parents' travel book, but in the new millennium, all guides will be written like this.
News of the Weird
Salt Lake Tribune
(Pohlen's) prose makes reading the Oddball guides a delight
Indianapolis Prime Time Magazine
what a great job Jerome Pohlen has.
City Pages
any red-blooded, proud, and honest Wisconsinite will find these well-researched chapters funny, fascinating, and useful
Prescott Journal
the oddest and most enjoyable travel book that I have ever read
Portage Daily Register
If you use this as a guide for your family summer vacation you might want to change your name to Griswold.
Arlington Heights Daily Herald
Proves that no matter how cold it gets, Wisconsin residents have a sense of humor.
Associated Press
Suggestions of fulfilling and stimulating volunteer work you can do short-term.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Which state can boast not one, but two citizens who have had their names legally changed to Elvis Presley? What state is the UFO Capital of the World? The answer to both questions is Wisconsin, according to Oddball Wisconsin: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places, by Jerome Pohlen (Oddball Illinois), a detailed tour of the state's many truly strange attractions. These include the Houdini Historical Center, Teddy Roosevelt's "Near-Assassination Site" and Jeffrey Dahmer's house. Birthplace of Orson Welles, the hamburger, Liberace, the ice cream sundae, the Republican Party and the typewriter, Wisconsin can truly boast of many... accomplishments. While it's unlikely that the guide will inspire anyone outside the state to make the trip, it's sure to please genuine cheeseheads. 50 b&w photos. ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Similar to Michael Feldman's Wisconsin Curiosities (LJ 12/00), this second title in the "Oddball" series (following Oddball Illinois, also authored by Pohlen) documents such curiosities and wonders as the world's largest corkscrew, a concrete frog, the world of miniature buildings, and acrobatic goats. Travel writer and editor Pohlen known for his self-published "Cool Spots, USA" series, which consists of 22 volumes, each covering a different state intersperses among these offbeat tourist attractions more legitimate ones such as the Circus World Museum, the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio. The well-written description of each curiosity is both informative and humorous and is followed by an address, telephone number, hours, cost, directions, and web site. Libraries in Wisconsin should own both Pohlen and Feldman's guides; those in the Midwest and large public libraries with strong U.S. travel collections should consider purchasing at least one. [The next title in the series, "Oddball Indiana," is due out in next spring. Ed.] John McCormick, NH State Lib., Concord, NH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Chicago Tribune
The more bizarre the better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523762
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Oddball series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author


Jerome Pohlen is an editor and educational writer and the author of Oddball Illinois. He lives in Chicago.
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