The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
The duo from The Dollop podcast have written a book full of the odd, the outrageous and all the funny stories that never made it into the history books.
This was a laugh out loud funny take on some of the lesser well-known stories that make up the fabric of our history. The presidential cheese story made me chuckle (What. A. Legend.) and the Lobotomobile story was outrageous, but the best story, and the reason I wanted to read this book, was the Kentucky Meat Shower story.
Meat. Meat rained down all over Crouch’s property. The meat dropped to the ground in varying sizes. Some pieces were small. Some were big. It was raining meat; Hallelujah, it was raining meat! The happiest creature was Crouch’s cat, who walked around eating the sky meat like it had won the feline lottery.
The stories are indeed hilarious and absurd, but not necessarily untold. I’ve seen a few of the stories in other places, and Reddit is full of Action Park stories (and even has its own subreddit, /r/actionpark, or check out these commercials of seemingly innocuous Action Park rides on Youtube.)
Overall, The United States of Absurdity is a short and funny look at US history, great as a time-waster, side-splitting funny and a must-read for trivia fans and history buffs.
Thank you to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley, who provided an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
|Rating:★★★★✰ 4 stars
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)