Freaky Facts and Strange Stories in the Book of the Bizarre

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The Book of the Bizarre (Weiser Books, October 2008) is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-fiction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place.

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

The Book of the Bizarre: Freaky Facts and Strange Stories by Varla Ventura is released from Weiser Books.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Did you know duck dander is hallucinogenic? Or that Katherine Hepburn had a phobia of dirty hair? Have you ever wondered about the Magickal Skull of Doom or contemplated the mysterious Transylvanian Tablets?

The Book of the Bizarre (Weiser Books, October 2008) is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-fiction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place.

Teeming with the strange, the shocking, and the downright fantastic, The Book of the Bizarre's thirteen chapters include: Something Wicked: Mysterious Objects & Haunted Homes, Tender Murderers and Malevolent Males: Killingly Good Tales of Terror, and Morbid Writers and Tortured Artists: From Edgar Allan Poe to Vincent Van Gogh. Terrifying topics range from Corpses on Campus to Strange Rock and Roll Stories to Medical Maladies, Conspiracy Theories, Superstitions, Hexes, and even UFO's.

A few examples from the book:

  • Otis Redding's greatest hit, "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," was recorded just three days before the singer's plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake, killing him.
  • A grilled-cheese sandwich bearing the image of the Virgin Mary was sold in 2004 for $28,000.
  • The first state to use the gas chamber was Nevada in 1924.
  • In 1958, a Kansas tornado ripped a woman out of her house and deposited her, unharmed, sixty feet away, next to an LP of the song "Stormy Weather."

The Book of the Bizarre is outlandish enough for the eccentric and lovers of the strange, and freaky enough for even the hardest trivia nut.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Varla Ventura is the author of Sheroes, and a scholar and lover of all things odd, unusual, and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, which she celebrates every day. She lives in San Francisco.

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