We don't want to argue with all of our state's motto ("wisdom, justice, moderation"), only with that "moderation" part. Who are we kidding? This is a state where a guy's home is a tree house with an airplane stuck through it for his bedroom. We've got a twenty-foot-tall rabbit sculpture holding an Olympic torch and a tombstone that's a seven-foot-long marble elephant. And there's a flower garden in Toccoa, where a forty-pound iceberg somehow landed. This is great stuff, and nothing moderate about any of it.
A better word than moderation? That would be "weirdness." And who better to chronicle the enormous amount of weirdness in Georgia than Jim Miles, a man whose fascination with the bizarreand with Georgiais anything but moderate. So with the three P's for sustenancepecans, peanuts and peaches, of courseand camera and notepad in hand, Jim set out on an extensive tour in search of the odd and the offbeat. He tracked down impossible-to-believe tales, only to discover odd grains of truth that give the stories just enough credibility to make one feel . . .slightly uneasy.
So turn the pages and check out Atlanta's own White House; look for the mutant turtle of Berkeley Lake; stroll by the Tomb of the Unknown Shopper; gaze at Georgia's very own Statue of Liberty; Remember Elvis: warts, toenail, and all; hunt down, if you're feeling energetic, the Beast of Pond Road; watch your car roll UP Booger Hill; terrify yourself at abandoned Hawkinsville Hospital; have a chat with the Moon-eyed people; hear the cries for help in Ebenezer's Swamp, and take care not to fall into the Devil's Hopper near Quitman.
It's all here. It's all ours. It's all so immoderate.
A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Georgia is filled with the good stuff your history teacher never taught you. So join Jim on his great adventure through our fabulous oddball state. We promise youit's a trip.