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Weird Kentucky: Your Travel Guide to Kentucky's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Hardcover – May 6, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Weird
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402754388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402754388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deidra Cox on May 27, 2008
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I was rounding the corner in Joseph Beth when I saw the Weird Kentucky display and I was giddy with glee!! This book is amazingly great for all us weirdos and you know who you are!! Don't bother trying to hide:)

For starters, did you know about the "blue people" in Perry County, Kentucky? Heck, I live just a few miles from there and I didn't. But some investigation on my part, and the book facts are dead on. The blue people did exist!!

Did you know that Kentucky has their own versions of Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil and the notorious "Goatman"? We also have our own version of AREA 51 in Bluegrass Depot. Amazing scary stuff.

There are giants and secret midget villages. Ghosts and lost cities, both above and underground. Secret societies abound, along with mysterious mounds.

This is really good stuff!! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning poring over the photos and all the nifty factoids. After reading this volume I know my summer vacation plans have changed. I want to go exploring my mysteriously fasnicating state.

Jump into WEIRD KENTUCKY with both feet. You're gonna to love the swim:)
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"Weird Kentucky" is an entertaining book that contains many of the odd and interesting things that can be found in the Bluegrass State. However, just like Snopes spoils the fun of a frantic e-mail forward, so too does a little knowledge about the truth ruin "Weird Kentucky"'s charm. There are some things that are factually wrong--but mostly harmless. For example, the State Fair is not held in Lexington--it's actually at the State Fairgrounds in Louisville. If you come to Kentucky looking for the State Fair, chances are you're not going to rely solely on this book to get you there, so no harm done.

Then there are some things that are 'astonishing' when you don't drill too deep. There is an entry about the disease outbreak that killed so many thorobred foals that likes to play it up like a great, unsolved mystery. That makes for good entertainment...so long as you ignore the painstaking research that so many professionals put in getting to the bottom of the problem. Season your story with hints and speculation and, so long as you don't throw in a reference to chupacabra, you've hooked your readers and we're off on a ride through the funhouse.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoy folklore and I definitely like a good ghost story or urban legend. Weird Kentucky can occupy a distinguished spot on any coffee table and guarantee you some fun. Just take it with a block of salt.
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Where to begin?

Weird Kentucky covers so many fascinating subjects, making it difficult to pigeonhole. Old wive's tales? Check. Urban legends? They're here. The paranormal? Fox Mulder would be proud. And you'll meet a wealth of local characters from all corners of the Commonwealth, from the 18th century to today.

This is one of the most unique and interesting books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Weird Kentucky is a celebration of the many wonderful things that make the Commonwealth special.

If you know how to read, you'll enjoy this book immensely, even if you have no connections to Kentucky.
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I almost changed my mind about reading this book after reading the introduction. I quote here from that page, "One state that we suspected would be fertile ground for weirdness was Kentucky. We can't really say why that is, but the mere mention of the name of the state was enough to conjure up mental images of dark and haunted hollers in the backwoods of Appalachia." I was really offended by that statement but then wondered if he could have possibly met my weird family. I mean it's okay for me to call my family weird but no city slicker from Louisville better do it. Upon reading further and finding the subjects were of a haunted abandoned sanatorium, a blood drinking vampire cult, elusive colonies of little people, blue people, cave ghosts, lake monsters, a sleeping psychic and much more...well, who can resist that. The introduction didn't mention all the aliens floating around here and the caves with mummies under the city of Lexington. When I read the stories I got on google and started researching this stuff. How come I didn't know about all this going on around here? There's usually some truth to every story and there was to these, but I think some of the stories are probably tall tales. Mr. Holland has a fine sense of humor and you can tell it from his writing. One story was about some people in Hopkinsville who saw aliens outside their house one night. Mr. Holland writes, "Taylor and Sutton's response was, of course, to do the logical thing one does when finding an intruder (metallic or otherwise) on one's rural Kentucky property in the 1950's. They grabbed their guns and started shooting at it. As they opened fire, the creature did somersaults in the air and cartwheeled itself off into the wilderness.Read more ›
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We were planning a trip to Kentucky so I bought this book before we left. It proved to be most helpful on our trip. We used it to discover some interesting places. It was fun to read the entire book and decide where we will go next. I would recommend purchasing this book if you are planning a vacation in Kentucky. You might miss some wonderful sights if you don't have this one. We have referred to it several times as we travel in Kentucky.
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