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Product Details

  • Series: Oddball series
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556525036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556525032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beneath the glossy sparkle of Disney World and the palm tree-lined sandy beaches, there's a lot of weird stuff going on in Florida. Pohlen, an oddball travel connoisseur (he's penned Oddball books on Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana), tells readers where to find, among other attractions, an art museum dedicated to painted bowling balls; a shop that sells shellacked alligator heads and google-eyed frogs made from clam shells; and a cemetery where dead fighting cocks are buried. Pohlen splits the book into regions and gives specifics for each site. While there are plenty of peculiar places listed here (e.g., a sinkhole in Winter Park, where, one night in 1981, an auto repair shop, a home, a Laundromat and a swimming pool all disappeared), many sites aren't odd at all. The Kennedy Space Center, for example, is "a place where nerds with pocket protectors, the ones who push the boundaries of human exploration, are given the respect they deserve." Other entries are just places where famous incidents took place, such as the mall where Jennifer Capriati got busted for shoplifting. Maps, b&w photos.
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“A travel guide with a twist, providing plenty of opportunities to revel in the strangeness on public display.”  —The Bloomsbury Review on Oddball Indiana


“This is not your parents' travel book, but in the new millennium, all travel guides will be written like this.”  —Chuck Shepard, author of the column “News of the Weird,” on Oddball Illinois


“One irresistible guidebook.”  —Chicago Tribune on Oddball Illinois

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Odd, yes! Cheesy, yes! As someone who should have been kickin' around in the '30's and '40's when Florida was a veritable rat trap of tourist attractions, this book is about as good as it gets. I live in FL part time and when I am here I will go way out of my way to check out anything that might be called weird, oddball, or tacky. Give me a ice cream cone stand that looks like a jumbo soft serve cone, a faux pirate ship that used to have bingo nights, or the world's largest orange and I am happy. It's all in this crazy, fun guide. The joys of cruisin' the Tamiami Trail for the ultimate oddities or hitting the Irlo Bronson Hwy in Kissimee for too much strangeness for a couple miles or Wikiwatchee----the home of the live mermaids. You can use this fun guide to immerse yourself in oddball stuff as you crisscross the state. Great for the real deal traveler or the armchair variety tourista.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2004
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I live in Florida, so was very curious about this book. I found it to be very good. If you are the type of traveler to get off the Interstate and Turnpike because it all looks the same to you, then you need this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gonzalez on September 27, 2010
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The book has some interesting things, but most the places are either closed or no longer there.
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By Kevin D. Talley on July 10, 2011
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This is a fun book and I would like to travel with it a little, But it is fun to just sit and read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2006
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We as snowbirds travel to florida each winter, this books is full of info of places we visited that now after reading it, we must revisit some of those places. "Great Book full of info"

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