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The Book of the Bizarre
Freaky Facts & Strange Stories
Varla Ventura
ISBN: 9781578634378
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
5 x 7
304 pages
October 1, 2008


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 is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-fi;ction 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.

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

From the book:
* Before he was the rock star we all know him as today, Rod Stewart worked as a gravedigger to pay the bills.
* A mother pig and her six babies were sentenced to death for killing and eating a child. The sow was executed, but the piglets were pardoned because it was felt that they were led astray by the bad example of their mother.
* In Kentucky, it is against the law to dye a baby chick, duckling, or rabbit unless six or more are for sale at the same time.
* More than 700 million people worldwide host a blood sucking hookworm.

Varla Ventura is the author of Fairies, Pookas and Changelings; Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night; Among the Mermaids; The Book of the Bizarre; and Beyond Bizarre. She can often be found lurking about the deep dark woods and lakes of Minnesota on the hunt for mushrooms, magical herbs, and the elusive little men of legend. Photo credit: Dark Rose Photography

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