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Don’t count on it. Las Vegas, and the state it sits in, are filled with so much weirdness that some of it must leak out. Think about it. Where else ...
Don’t count on it. Las Vegas, and the state it sits in, are filled with so much weirdness that some of it must leak out. Think about it. Where else will you find a place that names its highways after Extraterrestrials, where mobsters are city fathers, and where Elvis—or a reasonable facsimile of him—hangs out on every street corner.
Nevada’s nicknames are wholesome enough. It’s called the Sagebrush State and the Silver State—although that’s weird, since gold is the state’s money mineral. (Nevada is the world’s second-largest producer.) Las Vegas is a different story. It’s Sin City, which may be why it is also the country’s number-one vacation destination. But believe it or not, many tourists head here for something besides the girls and the gambling.
In fact, there is so much going on that it took a duo of authors—Joe Oesterle and Tim Cridland—to corral it all. Bravely, these intrepid seekers of the weird explored the Coffin House in Pahrump—and made it out alive; searched for the river of black gold; watched rocks move all by themselves at Little Bonnie Claire Playa,; and tracked down some very odd legends, like the one about the eerie dead body under the hotel mattress.
Turn the pages now and join them in a game at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Check out the 8,000 fish at the Mermaid Bar, or relive the cold war at the Atomic Test Museum or by visiting a urinal with pieces from the actual Berlin wall. Find out how the term “eighty-sixed” got its name or snap pictures at Rhyolite, Nevada’s most photographed ghost town. Stay in Marilyn Monroe’s cabin at the Cal Neva Resort, and you might just catch a vision of her swimming in the pool. Explore St. Thomas, the submerged town that has risen from the waters of Lake Mead, or go a round with the card-playing skeletons in Tonopah.
A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Las Vegas and Nevada is packed with the things regular guidebooks won’t tell you. So take a break from the slot machines and explore where the real action is. It’s a journey you’ll never forget—you can bet on that!
Posted May 14, 2010
This book is a fun gift for someone who's been to Vegas or is going for the first time. There is quite a bit of "off the beaten path" information here and plenty of ideas for trekking off the strip and into the Twilight Zone of kitsch. Just when you thought you knew every little thing about what to do in Las Vegas, along comes something like this to completely change your ideas of how to spend your time. There are those who will never venture to some of these locales, but just knowing they exist brings a whole new level of dinner conversation to a Vegas vacation!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2008
I live in Riverside California, and spend plenty of weekends in Vegas. This book has now given me something else to do besides gamble my money away. I read Weird California 'and love it' so when my wife and I saw the Vegas edition, we bought it without even flipping through. We were not disappointed. Weird, funny, spooky. It was great. I admit I'm a Star Trek nerd, so I loved the Star Trek Wedding story. My wife would have never put up with that kind of request, but we both thought the story was very funny. Also, I'd seen the Liberace museum a few times, and never thought I'd be interested, but it turns out it was fun. Next trip it's the Pinball Museum and the Berlin Wall Urinal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2008
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