Weird Florida

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Ah, Florida: sun, surf, sand, South Beach, and senior citizens. That's about it, right? Well, no, not exactly. Florida is also one of the best places to chart your weirdest travel destinations. And who better to chronicle this state's fabled places, roadside wonders, bizarre beasts, and downright peculiar people than Charlie Carlson, a tenth-generation Floridian. All who know Charlie can testify that he is one very strange dude and the perfect ...
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Overview

Ah, Florida: sun, surf, sand, South Beach, and senior citizens. That's about it, right? Well, no, not exactly. Florida is also one of the best places to chart your weirdest travel destinations. And who better to chronicle this state's fabled places, roadside wonders, bizarre beasts, and downright peculiar people than Charlie Carlson, a tenth-generation Floridian. All who know Charlie can testify that he is one very strange dude and the perfect person to steer you to Florida's best-kept secrets and oddest legends.

Mosquito netting in place and notepad in hand, Charlie has waddled through swamps, trekked the lesser-traveled roads, and visited the weirder destinations of our country's only peninsula state. Looking for the odd and the offbeat, he found them everywhere. He has tracked down impossible-to-believe tales that had just enough truth in them to create the same uneasiness a gator sighting would. Whether it's the Skunk Ape, the Devil's Chair of Cassadaga, or the She-Man of the Caloosahatchee River, Charlie presents it here for you, our fellow admirers of the weird.

So act like a tourist and start browsing. You'll be entranced with the beer-can car, the tombstone for Pearl ("I told you I was sick") Roberts, the Blue Heaven Rooster Graveyard, the Devil Tree, the bowling-ball house, Catalina's ghost, the Mafia House, and Xanadu, the abandoned and neglected house of the future. Read all about the Wizard of Central Florida and Count Von Cosel and his immortal love. It's all here. It's all for you. It's all...very weird.

A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S.series, Weird Florida is packed with all the info about the Sunshine State that your history teacher never taught you. So travel down our state's highways and byways with your tour guide, Mr. Charlie. It's a great adventure. And we promise: it's a journey you'll never forget.

Charlie Carlson is a folk-historian, author, and explorer of unexplained phenomena. He has appeared in several television documentaries and has played a folklore historian in the Curse of the Blair Witch on the Sci-Fi Channel. He is a tenth generation Floridian who has never been to a Central Florida theme park, but has visited Yeehaw Junction more than thirty times.As an enthusiast of Florida's past, he has served on the boards of several historical organizations and is a past president of the Seminole County Historical Society. He resides on Florida's east coast with his wife, Dot, and a small menagerie of dogs, cats, and pet squirrels.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, who brought you Weird New Jersey and then Weird U.S., now as "Creative Directors" bring you weirdness in other states: Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. They have picked each author for his or her quirky sensibility and familiarity with the state in question. Indeed, the authors have all previously published eccentric titles on their respective states: Carlson-Strange Florida; Godfrey-The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf; and Taylor-Haunted Illinois. Each volume presents the same table of contents: "Local Legends" (e.g., Devil Baby of Hull House, IL), "Ancient Mysteries" (Lake Okeechobee's Watery Graves, FL), "Fabled People and Places" (Jeane Dixon, WI), "Phenomena" (Malcomb the Fire Starter, IL), "Bizzare Beasts" (Skunk Ape, FL), "Personalized Properties" (Gold Pyramid House, IL), "Roadside Oddities" (Giant Mouse with Cheese, WI), "Roads Less Traveled" (Bloody Bucket Road, FL), "Ghosts" (Old Slave House, IL), "Cemetery Safari" (St. Peter Cemetery, WI), and "Abandoned and Forgotten" (Xanadu, FL). Similar to the "Oddball" series (e.g., Oddball Wisconsin), which also covers these three states plus six more, this series is distinguished by its focus on stories over places and its colorful photos (which take up about a third of each volume); "Weird," however, lacks "Oddball's" more practical directions and contact information ("Weird" offers no maps or specific directions). These titles may hold special appeal to the male middle-school student. Recommended for those public and school libraries located in the state covered by the title and an optional purchase for all others.-John McCormick, Plymouth State Univ., NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594455226
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/7/2005
  • Pages: 240

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    WELL WORTH IT!!!!!

    this book was well worth the money now i have bone chilling stories to tell my children!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    This is a must read book

    We go by so fast on interstates and drive by places we take for granted. If we only stopped to look at the history and ponder things aside from the ordinary we may learn something we never knew existed. This book teaches that to all its readers and Mr. Carlson is the professor leading the history lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Weird Florida

    What a great way to say 'I love ya, dad' on Father's day. Particularly a dad who happens to be a little 'weird' himself. As a teen, I always thought my Floridian parents were strange. After reading this book, I now know why. LOL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    The Sunshine State as you never knew it !!

    Charlie Carlson has rediscovered Florida's lost history of the strange and unusual. This well-researched book will take the reader on a journey through the State, which is both fun and informative. Whether a newcomer to Florida or a Native, this is an entertaining, must-read book, for all ages. But, be warned, you will not be able to put this book down, till you've read it cover-to-cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    No Floridian should be without this book!

    This is by far the best Florida related book I have read in a long time. I have learned so much about my home state that I never knew! If you live in Florida, or have a friend or family member that does, you need to get this for them! THEY WILL LOVE IT & SO WILL YOU!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Weird Florida

    Seems as if this author intended to write either an auto-biography or a genealogical review of his family. While the writing is excellent, the author seems to connect, almost a little too personally, with each creature, phenomenon, and various other sensations throughout the book...still a good read, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Another great work from Mr. Carlson

    Charlie Carlson has once again visited the weird and strange of Florida. Especially exciting is the story of Mama Jones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Weird Florida

    This is 'the' book for every genuine Floridian. It is funny, odd, weird, unusual, different....it is Florida and it should be sitting on every Florida coffee table.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    A Must Read Book!

    Carlson is brilliant in this must read book for anyone living or visiting Florida. He takes you through a detailed journey of his 2500 mile trek around the state. From cities to swamps.From the crazy to unbelievable it is all in this book. You will definitely see Florida in a different light. I have lived in Florida for 23 years and never knew that these things, people or places existed. It is chuck full of great pictures. A fun book, easy reading and makes you want to get your back pack and travel through what I see now is an amazing state.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Wow!!!!

    The wildest ride you can get! This is one heck of a book - Florida like you wouldn't believe. Fascinating and really really funny. Get it, fellow citizens, and you won't regret it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Best Seller

    As an 82 year old Native Floridian and collector of Florida History, I consider this as one of the most fascinating and interesting books that I have. The format, pictures and content are excellent. I love the cover. It will surely be a best seller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Weird Florida

    If you like anything about Florida you will like this book. It is a mix of weird oddities and factual history, but the kind not found in run-of-the-mill books. This is a book in its own category. It has unexplained phenomena, legends, road side oddities and other things you might not think about. It is full of color and photographs and is told in a style that can only be told by a native Floridian. For a book this size, the price is super good, I'd expect to pay thirty dollars for a book like Weird Florida. It would make a great souvenir from Florida too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Florida Weirdness at it's BEST

    Charlie Carlson has captured weirdness in a phanominal way. The book is absoulutley marvelous! It holds your intrest from cover to cover. Now I'll have to go on a map quest of my own.

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