Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross

Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross

by Richard Faulk

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Part "Weird U.S." and part "Roadside America," GROSS AMERICA offers families a road trip through the USA that would delight the King of Bad Taste John Waters and the unflappable guys on MTV's "Jackass."

Sure, you could use your vacation days to take the family to the beach again. Or, you could plan a trip to see brains in jars, frozen dead guys, and visit a factory that makes candy-coated insects.  You can:

  • head down to Houston, Texas, and walk inside a 27-foot model of the human intestinal system
  • visit a Civil War battlefield embalming diorama
  • head over to explorers Lewis & Clark's latrines
  • look at the world's largest fungus
  • visit the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City
  • touch the oldest human turd
  • recoil from a massive human hairball that grew for seven years before it was surgically removed from the stomach of a 12-year-old girl who suffered from compulsive hair nibbling
  • see the corroded mandible of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at the nation's largest natural history museum in Chicago
  • visit the first funeral home to offer flameless cremation services
  • make a pilgrimage to Chicago to visit America's last remaining plastic vomit factory
  • journey to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to see a dog poop–fueled streetlamp
  • travel to Nederland, Colorado, for “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” an annual celebration of at-home cryogenics experiments
  • spend some time among the preserved human brains at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum
  • take in the acclaimed cockroach dioramas of Plano, Texas

Gross America is a coast-to-coast catalog of the most grandly gross science experiments, beautifully bizarre art, and delightfully disgusting historical sites that America has to offer. Part travel atlas, part trivia guide, Gross America presents these United States as you've never seen them before—weird, wonderful, strange, and totally, utterly gross.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101601334
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

RICHARD FAULK is a freelance writer and editor. Formerly an associate editor at Scholastic, Inc., and onetime time-travel columnist, he has also written about Vikings for Australian tweens, reported on academic conferences for Columbia University, and celebrated the films of Pam Grier in Penthouse. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he thinks deeply about trivial matters.

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Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Book Title: "Gross America¿Author: Richard FaulkPublished By: Tarcher-PenguinAge Recommended: 14+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: Many times it¿s hard to find one word that can describe a book¿ in this case that one word would be, YUCK! That word is not meant in a bad way but in a way to describe what the reader will find on the inside. Gross America is by far one of those very informative books that gets you interested while making you think¿ SERIOUSLY!?I never knew that so many of these obscure landmarks existed and after reading this book I actually find myself curious enough that I¿d love to visit them just to see¿smell¿ taste¿ for myself, trust me¿ read the book and you¿ll understand that last statement. Definitely worth the read, and full of interesting facts!