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A Place Called Peculiar: Stories About Unusual American Place-Names Paperback – April 19, 2012
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Through dedicated scholarship and talking to lots of folks, Frank Gallant put together the word-lover's guide to the States. From Hot Coffee, Mississippi to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, there are more than 40 oddly named towns, and a story or three for each name. The result is more than just another etymological atlas, it's a travel take-along, an armchair adventure, a probe into the lore of small-town America, and a know-it-all's paradise. It's also useful if you're planning a move. Why live in another drably named city when you could live in Whynot, Bivalve, or Afterthought? Toad Suck, Mollie's Nipple, or Delirium Tremens? Thanks to Gallant, you'd already know the history. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We took this along with us on a summer family drive. I kept hearing, "Hun, look, we are SO close to Climax--Georgia that is" or "Mom, wooo, look! Double Trouble is only 500 miles away!" The personally researched stories which author Frank Gallant included, were passed around and read aloud. This was almost better than the alphabet game for passing those hours on a road trip.
Notes on uncommon attractions, such as a UFO museum and , my gawd, the worlds largest landfill, only added to the fun. The illustrations are fine, yet not really needed.
Oh, still looking for Nirvana? It's in Michigan along with Hell!
A fun & educational book for all ages.
Thank you for your unterest & comment votes--CDS