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Weird Pennsylvania

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A book by Matt Lake

Praise for Weird Pennsylvania: “Fun, amazing, and arrestingly illustrated.”  —Booklist “…a real fine read and can serve as a travel guide for a trek among the unusual, odd and scary parts of our “weird” … see full wiki

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Author: Matt Lake
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Sterling
1 review about Weird Pennsylvania

April Fool's roadtrip

  • Apr 2, 2011
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This coffee table book is perfect for taking an April Fool's road trip from your armchair.  No need to head north (for me) back to PA where I'm from to experience these roadside oddities.  After all, its only April 1, and it could still be snowing somewhere in PA, especially the western part of the state where I grew up.  

Two problems with books like this:

1).  Manufactured weirdness, courtesy of publishers in search of an audience or local visitors' bureaus in search of a tourist, aren't at all interesting to armchair travelers.  While tongue in cheek about it, Weird Pennsylvania has more than its share of pages of fluff I just flipped through.

2).  The information quickly gets out of date and can be better addressed through a web site.  However this web site doesn't have as much updating as I would expect.  Roadside America's signature website appears to be more actively updated.  

Still, as a Pennsylvania native who spent most of his first 40 years there, and only moved south to follow my job (and found I like the weather here better!), I passed a few hours reintroducing myself to the oddness of home.  It felt right.

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