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Weird Minnesota (Weird Travel Guides)

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Hail Minnesota for its strange sites, bizarre history, and peculiar folks! Come along and climb the Witch's Tower, sit down in a two-story outhouse, and spend a night in the Drunk Tank at the JailHouse Historic Inn. Then go gape at the country's largest collection of underwear. After all that, relax at the Bowling Hall of Fame. This new paperback version of Weird Minnesota
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 25th 2006 by Sterling
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A fun catalog of weird things in Minnesota. It's broken into three or four page chunks, so its something easy to pick up when you have five or ten minutes to spare.

"Weird" in Minnesota is kind of a "safe" weird, and by that I mean goofy, but harmless. Huge balls of twine, giant statutes of ducks, Paul Bunyan, fish, ice castles, goofy Governors... For the record, Jesse Ventura wasn't "Minnesota" weird, he was "California" weird. California weird is pumped full of ego... Look at me! I'm in-your-fa...more
Jessica Keddy
My cousin is mentioned in this book...sadly they have his name as Robert Burns when it should be Bruns. Entertaining book.
an enjoyable read about the state with apparently the greatest number of roadside attractions per capita, with unfortunately not enough coverage of them. i was also a little disappointed with the perceived lack of paranormal, that seems to go hand in hand with the more author-narrated approach this book in the weird series takes over most of the other books. that said, that also allowed for other things to be covered that might not have had space, otherwise.
I actually enjoyed this book more than Weird Wisconsin even though I grew up in wisconsin and have since returned to the state. Perhaps because most of my adult life was spent in Minnesota, I've heard of quite a few of the legends, places, and people in this book.
What's not to love about weird stuff in Minnesota? Some of this overlaps with his Vikings in the Attic, but I suppose that just goes to show there's weirdness with your vikings in the attic, too.
after reading the weird california book, i totally had to get and read the weird minnesota book....let's hope it doesn't disappoint!

this was good, but california is definitely weirder.....
Great idea for a book: A state's oddities, myths, unique personas, roadside attractions etc. This book has some fun pictures, but it was a book I will forget as quickly as I read it.
Being a Minnesotan, it was pretty cool to read. I actually learned a lot about our state here... Makes me want to go see everything now. Maybe I will.
There wasn't much "weird"-ness in the book. but I think that's because Minnesota's a whole different kind of weird.
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