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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556524382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556524387
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,252,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If all you know about Northern Indiana is the toll from East Chicago to Angola, perhaps you should slow down. Read the first page
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Meeting my needs for knowing where to take a look at something strange, and a little unusual, other than the common tourist things.
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The best travel guide - period! 27 May 2003
By David Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We recently moved to Colorado and purchased about a dozen travel guides to help us get oriented. Oddball Colorado was one we just sort of grabbed in the melee. My wife and I would burst out in spontaneous laughter as we read it. Rather than read it cover to cover, I found myself bouncing around from page to page. Just when I thought I had finished it I would discover another golden nugget I had overlooked. It was a sad day when I realized I had finally finished it!
Now all other travel guides seem inconsequential. Pohlen identifies the natural wonders that really matter (to me!). The cheesy roadside attractions that seemed to capture my father's big station wagon with their tractor beams. Reading the book is like taking a ride with my dad all over again.
Now I've moved onto Oddball Illinois. And I thought nothing could make me want to visit Illinois!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Delivers as promised but too much fascination with... 30 Aug 2004
By DWD's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...Dan Quayle and Jim Jones.

Th book does a great job of showing some of the odd things that make the Hoosier state unique, including Santa Claus, IN and the world's largest steer (he's stuffed). It also turns out that Indiana is the birthplace of Wonder Bread, Alka Seltzer, Corn Flakes, Pork and Beans and the unique shape of the Coca-Cola bottle. He includes driving directions that look to be accurate (I am familiar with some of these places) although a good map of Indiana would also be required to even find some of the towns that he mentions. He includes several pictures, which generally are helpful.

This really could have been a charming little book - one that I would have been 100% enthused about except for the author's fascination with Dan Quayle (not in a positive way, either) and Jim Jones (the cult leader who led his 900+ followers in a mass suicide in Guyana in the 1978). Do we really need to see Dan Quayle's frat house? Do we really need to see a picture of the bridge that his Jones' uncle jumped off of in order to commit suicide?

But, on the whole, the guide is useful and entertaining. It includes addresses, phone numbers, web addresses, visiting hours, costs (if any) and directions to every location he describes. I do recommend it for anyone who likes to travel off of the beaten path.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Book, could use an update 26 Mar 2011
By Laura E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Would like to see a revised version of this book, some of it looks dated and sounded dated. but, its a great concept and an interesting read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Way, way outdated 19 Dec 2012
By Nini Phelps - Published on Amazon.com
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Since Ilive inColorado I thougth it would be fun to take day trips. But this book is way outdated, printed in 2002 as near as I could tell. Several of the things mentioend are no longer there. But it is full of off the wallplaces, IF they are still there.
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Neat fact book! 8 Feb 2013
By Kathy Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this in honor of a friend who had passed away and loved weird facts. I donated it to the town library and everyone loves it.
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