Oddball Wisconsin by Jerome Pohlen
A Guide to Some Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

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Chatty Belle, the World's Largest Talking Cow. The Mendota Monster. Apostles on Parade. The UFO Capital of the World. Romeo, the clown-stomping elephant. Car-washing octopi. Other travel guides suggest the same old scenic driving tours, homey bed-and-breakfasts, and the best fall foliage—Oddball Wisconsin offers offbeat travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Where was Liberace born? What is a hodag and where do you catch one? Who invented the hamburger? And will a Polka Hall of Fame ever be built? This is the guide to the real Wisconsin, birthplace of the snowmobile, the typewriter, and the ice cream sundae, home to Jimmy the Groundhog and home of the Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave—the state where people proudly wear the moniker “cheesehead.”

About Jerome Pohlen

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Jerome Pohlen is an editor and educational writer who has written 10 travel guides, including Oddball Wisconsin, Oddball Iowa, Oddball Indiana, and Progressive Nation. His travel writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Reader's Digest, and Time Out Chicago. He has been a regular contributor on travel and culture for Eight Forty-Eight, which airs on WBEZ, Chicago's NPR affliate.
Published April 1, 2001 by Chicago Review Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Kennedy Space Center, for example, is""a place where nerds with pocket protectors, the ones who push the boundaries of human exploration, are given the respect they deserve."" Other entries are just places where famous incidents took place, such as the mall where Jennifer Capriati got busted ...

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