Weird Georgia
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Weird Georgia

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by Mark Sceurman, Mark Moran
     
 
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.

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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 bizarre—and with Georgia—is anything but moderate. So with the three P's for sustenance—pecans, peanuts and peaches, of course—and 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 you—it's a trip.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402733888
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/24/2006
Series:
Weird Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.12(d)

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Weird Georgia 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Interesting light read that doesn't get old. You can skip around in the book for different types of phenomena. Even includes Native American sites. Makes me wish I could travel around & check out some of the events & natural wonders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We absolutely love this book! It has quirky little stories that bring us to a closer understanding of our heritage and our beautiful, though strange, state. It is a good supplement to a Georgia History course, although there are a few inappropriate words, so be forewarned. The language is not as bad as some Disney movies, however. It has small anecdotal stories that can be read one at a time or a few at a time 'can anyone say 'bathroom fodder?'' that range from historical to romantic, and hysterical to terrifying. Have fun with this book. Our family has.