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The United States of Absurdity

Untold Stories from American History
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Description

The creators of the podcast The Dollop present profiles of the weird, outrageous, NSFW, and downright absurd tales from American history that you weren't taught in school.

The United States of Absurdity presents short, informative, and hilarious stories of the most outlandish (but true) people, events, and more from United States history. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds cover the weird stories you didn't learn in history class, such as 10-Cent Beer Night, the Jackson Cheese, and the Kentucky Meat Shower.

©2017 Dave Anthony (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critiques

"If my history teachers in high school had been half as smart and one-tenth as entertaining as Dave and Gareth, I could probably tell you who fought in the Spanish-American War today." (Josh Olson, Oscar-nominated screenwriter for A History of Violence)
"This book, just like The Dollop, will teach you things you'll wish you had learned in history class. I dare you not to be equal parts fascinated, horrified, and in stitches." (Al Madrigal, actor and comedian, The Daily Show)
"Dave and Gareth have created an amazing record of historical eccentricities which, while hysterically informative, has thus far only been available for your ears. This book will take The Dollop into the uncharted territory of your eyes. And hopefully, if my many requests are heeded - there will be a scented version." (Chris Hardwick, host of @midnight and Talking Dead)

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  • Keith
  • 21/05/2017

Fun With Useless Facts

If you are a student of useless facts, this book is for you. I enjoy listening to the Dollop podcast, so thought I would check this out. The audiobook was well performed and the stories were the same brand of whacky you would expect from the Dollop, but missing the witty banter and back and forth of the show. The humor is still there but it is not the same. I would recommend this to others. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is how short it was. It clicks in at about the same length of two podcast episodes!

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  • Nickie
  • 17/05/2017

Awesome

Dave and Gareth find the lost gems of American history in their amazing, hilarious podcast. This book is a concentrated dollop of the Dollop. Buy it for friends, give it to strangers, spread the knowledge

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  • Amy D.
  • 13/05/2017

Spectacular!

So happy I bought the hardback book AND the Audible version! I got to have Dave and Gareth (not Gary) narrate it to me. The only bad thing about this is that I'm finished with it. Time to re-listen/reread!

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  • Steve Munnelly
  • 29/03/2018

Left me wanting more!

Definitely wish there was more of it! Love the Dollop and this book! Guess I have to just wait for more Dollops to come out.

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  • Derek Wasak
  • 13/05/2017

This makes history worth learning.

It's stories like these that make history fun to learn. This book, like the podcast, is both hilarious and ridiculous. It is a shame all these things actually happened. What the actual fuck.

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  • asle
  • 10/05/2017

Great collection of absurd stories from American history

If you know the podcast, The Dollop, you probably have heard these stories before, but this format gives you a new angle and a more condensed version of the stories. So I would recommend IT to listeners of the podcast. IT also is a great introdution so if you like the book you really should check out the podcast there are 260 eps waiting for you.

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  • Ryan Johnson
  • 21/11/2018

Just a taste

This book was a great intro to their podcast, The Dollop. My understanding is that all of the vignettes talked about in the book are explored in greater detail in their podcast. It's good, but if you're already a fan you can skip this book.

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  • Movie-Maven
  • 06/10/2018

Great book for immature males.

The narrator's voice was as pleasant as nails on a blackboard. Much of the contents have been previously seen on Mysteries of The Museum so there was little new info here. Would not recommend this book.

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  • stephanie valle
  • 21/09/2018

funny and insightful

while it wasn't necessarily a history book, they did have some funny antidotes. I laughed out loud a few times, chuckled some more, and enjoyed the poke at us audio book "readers" at the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/02/2018

Fantastically Dark and Educational

The performance by Dave and Gary are as wonderful as the podcast . It was a great look back on some of the moments from the show but is also a great introduction to it

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  • Sauremine
  • 13/05/2017

If you're a dim teenager... maybe.

If you have any basic knowledge of American "popular history", there's very little to surprise you here. Mike the headless chicken, the eggnog riot, lobotomies and so on and so forth. Sadly, there is very little redeeming humour to be found either -- unless you think sarcastically adding "YEAH RIGHT" or "OF COURSE" to mildly (or not even mildly, given the respective time period) unusual facts or conclusions is the pinnacle of wit. If, say, the concept of bloodletting is so familiar to you that you have to suppress a yawn, the lengthy exposition on how TOTALLY WEIRD AND ABSURD, RIGHT? it is will feel like a small child telling you very basic facts he learned in school... in excruciating detail... over and over and over again.

"Did you know huge oaks grow from tiny little seeds and they make air we can breathe?"
"Yes, Timmy. Go away."
"Did you know ducks coat their feathers with fat so they don't soak full of water?"
"Go. Away."

In fact, if small irritating hints that the authors aren't exactly into details and/or haven't enjoyed the guidance of an even averagely knowledgeable editor get on your nerves, there will be plenty of grating nonsense -- like, for example, the fact that the authors repeatedly treat mutton and lamb as the same meat (same animal yes, but I wonder if they call all beef veal as well?). If that sort of thing annoys you or makes you mistrustful of the author's expertise -- stay away.

Lastly: This might have been saved by not letting the authors read the book themselves. All the screeching, shock-jock-morning-radio-show like performance accomplished was to discourage me from ever checking out the podcast the book is based on. Well, not all. It has also given me nightmares that involve being stuck in an elevator with these people. Again: maybe this is your thing if you're about seventeen with a tragically underdeveloped sense of humour. Otherwise it's insufferable.

Think of this as the kind of book that probably does really well lying somewhere in the bathroom to be read in small, very small, snippets. It does not benefit in the slightest from having an audiobook version, and all desperate attempts to add some jokes about it being an audiobook version cannot change that.