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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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A very short book

Very short book. Not sure that it was worth the credit to purchase it. But was quite humorous, if not interesting

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • S. 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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  • 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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  • Stephanie Barzo
  • 23-12-2017

This is an intro to the podcast

If you have never listened to the podcast “The Dollop” then this book is amazing. I have a listen to this podcast for over year now and have unfortunately with them to all the stories. The Dollop goes into more detail, obviously, but this feels like just a taste. I highly recommend this book to people who have never listened to the podcast.

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  • S. Winchester
  • 03-10-2017

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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  • Joshua L Kuter
  • 24-09-2017

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