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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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
  • Springfield, MO, United States
  • 05-21-17

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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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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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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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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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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Fun book with some fun facts

This is a fun and light read if you like that type of thing (I do). There are several fun stories and facts in the book. A few fall short, but most are entertaining and I enjoyed it overall. The narrators did a top notch job as well.

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much like the podcast

It's strange to hear these stories in such a controlled, deliberate environment. From their live shows to the podcasts this iteration is my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, this book is still amusing & entertaining as well as informative... I just prefer the guys riffing instead

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Podcast is better

Not a fan of this format of story telling. Sounds more like abridged folk fairy tales than actual history. Some of these stories are covered better, and funnier, for free on their podcast.

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no sleep till Hippo

dave and Garvey were funny, they still want me to type ten more words yeah..

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We sign cars...

Loved it, stories I was familiar with from the podcast and others I wasn't. A perfect combination.