A Guide to Some Really
Review Press, Chicago, IL, 2004
Beneath the glossy sparkle of Disney World and the palm tree-lined sandy
beaches, there's a lot of weird stuff going on in Florida. Pohlen, an
oddball travel connoisseur (hes penned Oddball books on Minnesota,
Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana), tells readers where to find,
among other attractions, an art museum dedicated to painted bowling balls;
a shop that sells shellacked alligator heads and google-eyed frogs made
from clam shells; and a cemetery where dead fighting cocks are buried.
Pohlen splits the book into regions and gives specifics for each site.
While there are plenty of peculiar places listed here (e.g., a sinkhole
in Winter Park, where, one night in 1981, an auto repair shop, a home,
a Laundromat and a swimming pool all disappeared), many sites arent
odd at all. 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 for shoplifting.
pages, 5.5 x 8.7 inches