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Oddball Wisconsin: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places (Oddball States) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001

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"Proves that no matter how cold it gets, Wisconsin residents have a sense of humor." -- Arlington Heights Daily Herald

"Tells you how to see such gems as...the Hamburger Hall of Fame in Seymour, reputed to be the birthplace of the national sandwich." -- Associated Press

"This in not your parents' travel book, but in the new
millennium, all guides will be written like this." -- Chuck Shepherd, News of the Weird

"any red-blooded, proud, and honest Wisconsinite will find these well-researched chapters funny, fascinating, and useful" -- City Pages

"hilarious" -- The Post-Crescent

"the oddest and most enjoyable travel book that I have ever read" -- The Prescott Journal

"what a great job Jerome Pohlen has" -- Indianapolis Prime Time Magazine

About the Author

Jerome Pohlen is the author of the Oddball series and a regular travel commentator for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. He is a recent recipient of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Essay. He lives in Chicago.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cheeze Heads Unite! 12 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Where does this guy get all this information? I thought the book would only be full of goofy things like monolithic cheese monuments and the world's largest six pack. Although it has that in spades, there are also plenty of historical places to see, like the shrine to the birthplace of the Republican party and the grave of Edward Gein, inspiration for Silence of the Lambs.
Growing up on the west coast, we used to watch movies about the midwest and say things like, "Wouldn't you go absolutely insane in some small town out there?" Oddball Wisconsin has answered my question.
This is a great book if you're in the area or just want to get out of Chicago for a while.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On, Wisconsin, indeed. 21 Jun 2006
By mary_1979 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read about my home state--in the midst of so much (generally) endearing weirdness, Jerome Pohlen manages to capture the spirit of this place better than any "Discover Wisconsin" ad campaign I've ever seen.

Pohlen casts a broad swath over the entire state, even above Highway 8 "up nort" (a lot of people tend to forget that we even exist, so it's always refreshing to find someone who hasn't), in search of the strange, the homespun, the downright wacky, even the morbid. And he finds it in spades. Whether you're a local Sconny looking for some ideas for day trips, or an out-of-stater passing through on the way to the Dells, there's something in this book that you'll feel compelled to stop & see. Well, if you're into fiberglass oddities and going somewhere other than Door County, that is.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Road tripping through Wisconsin's unusual side 11 July 2002
By Bobby Dillard - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people when they go on vacation go to national parks like the Grand Canyon or theme parks like Disneyland. How many would go to see the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame with a giant embalmed worm on display? Or how about the world's biggest corkscrew? A serial killer's grave? The author saw these things and more in Wisconsin and compiled them into this book. It's an enjoyable journey through Wisconsin's strange side and is recommended for die-hard road trippers or those interested in America's stranger side.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I Love This Book ! 1 Oct 2002
By "norm_rogers" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have an appetite for the curious or offbeat, this book will fill the bill. I don't have plans to visit all the places and things mentioned in this book, but just sitting and reading it was a hoot. Not just a guide to the oddball, but histories and trivia are included. This is Wisconsin at its best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 10 Aug 2009
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This book has a lot of really neat places to go visit in Wisconsin and I have used it on a few trips. I have seen more pretty cool things that I would never have known about. What I like is that it splits the state up by area so it's easy to plan some sightseeing around where you want to go. Although if you are buying it used, I would look for the most recent edition because I've had mine for a while, and some of the places have closed down. Highly recommended bok.
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