Oddball Michigan
Oddball Michigan ›
By Jerome Pohlen

Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Published May 2014

There's more to Michigan than beautiful forests, shuttered factories, and miles and miles of stunning shoreline. Armed with this offbeat travel guide, you'll soon discover the strange underbelly of the Great Lakes State. Michigan has monuments to fluoridation, snurfing, the designer of the Jefferson nickel, and the once-famous Mr. Chicken, as well as festivals honoring tulips, Christmas pickles, and a 38-acre fungus. It's where you'll find the World's Largest Lugnut, the Nun Doll Museum, Joe's Gizzard City, the Teenie-Weenie Pickle Barrel Cottage, Howdy Doody, and Thomas Edison's last breath. The state also has its share of weird history—it's where Harry Houdini perished on Halloween night in 1926, where skater Tanya Harding's posse whacked Nancy Kerrigan, and where the Kellogg brothers invented popular breakfast cereals and less-popular yogurt enemas. Along with humorous histories and witty observations, Oddball Michigan provides addresses, websites, hours, fees, and driving directions for each of its 450 entries.

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The Oddball travel series features places, people, and things that can't be found in any ordinary travel guide. Veteran traveler, buff of bizarre history, and oddball enthusiast Jerome Pohlen travels the Midwest and beyond to scout out the places people really want to see. He includes all the practical information needed to visit these wonderful and often obscure sites, such as maps, directions, addresses, phone numbers, websites, hours of operation, and costs. Pohlen also provides a wealth of regional history mixed with humor that will appeal to the armchair traveler as well as those more familiar with the blue highways. These books make funny, fascinating, and useful gifts. At least one belongs in every glove box—you never know when you'll be in range of an oddball adventure!