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The United States of Absurdity

Untold Stories from American History
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Comedy, American
5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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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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  • Zoe
  • CARRINGTON, NSW
  • 28-05-2019

Just marry me already Gareth

Love the book. Love the audio book. But most of all, Love Gareth Reynolds.
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  • A_M
  • 07-02-2019

like an episode of the Dollop just longer

like an episode of the Dollop just longer
like an episode of the Dollop just longer

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excellent introduction!

I've listened to the podcast and then hearing this and getting boiled down refresher course made me remember all the crazy shit that has happened. I'm now doing back to the podcast to re-listen to slot if these stories.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • D W
  • 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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  • Kevin
  • 04-10-2019

Great Quick Listen

It’s a fun book and can be listened to intently or in the background. I just wish it was longer.

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  • Michelle
  • 23-07-2019

A fucking delight!

Loved hearing Gareth and Dave read these stories but I missed the promo codes.

Every child in America needs to have this book on their summer reading lists. It’s a fucking highly-educational delight.

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  • Kitter Box
  • 06-07-2019

Great for car trip

kept us adults awake and laughing and some instances shocked. someof it we knew about but it was still fun to listen too.

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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.