101 Places Not to See Before You Die

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Harper Collins, Jun 22, 2010 - Travel - 272 pages
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“I had no idea so many god-awful places exist in this world….Catherine Price is a hilarious guide to all that is sucky.”
 —Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer

 

Irreverent and compulsively readable, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die highlights desitinations we can all live without--like Jupiter's Worst Moon, an Outdoor Wedding During the 2021 Reemergence of the Great Eastern Cicada Brood, and fan hours at the Las Vegas Porn Convention--while reminding us why we're willing to put up with the bed bugs and the food poisoning and set out to explore the world.

 

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

One of the only travel books you will ever need. Less of a guide to places to visit and more of a guide to "avoiding" undesirable places. Though more than a few of the entries descend into silliness ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Some of these are obvious (Euro Disney), some are actually events (New Years at Times Square) and some are purely fictional destinations (Hell, Jupiter's moon, Io). All are sophmorically funny. One can easily burn through this silly, cynical page turner, in a night. Read full review

Contents

Introduction xiii
The Testicle Festival 1
An Underpass in Connaught Circle New Delhi at the Moment When Someone Puts a Turd on Your Shoe 3
Euro Disney 5
Ibiza on a Family Vacation 8
The Beijing Museum of Tap Water 10
A Bathtub Filled with Beer 12
An Overnight Train in China on the First Day of Your First Period 14
A Vomitorium 126
Medinat alFayoum Egypt Accompanied by Your Own Security Detail 128
The Steam Room at the Russian Turkish Baths 130
The Blarney Stone 132
Mexico City on the First Day of the Swine Flu OutbreakMichael Baldwin 134
The Wieners Circle 137
The Top of Mount Everest 139
Chacabuco Chile 148

Grandpa and Grandma Koh Samui Thailand 18
The Winchester Mystery House 20
The Worst Places in the Encyclopedia A J Jacobs 23
A Buzkashi Match 27
Your Bosss Bedroom 29
An Overnight Stay at a Korean Temple 30
Pamplona from the Perspective of a Bull 34
The Gloucester Cheese Rolling Competition 37
The Worst Meal in Barcelona Michael and Isaac Pollan 39
Wall Drug 42
BART 45
A Stop on Carry Nations Hatchetation Tour 47
The Third Infiltration Tunnel at the DMZ 49
Rush Hour on a Samoan Bus 52
An Outdoor Wedding During the 2021 Emergence of the Great Eastern Cicada Brood 55
TrAction Park 58
A Giant Room Filled with Human Crap 60
Kingman Reef 62
Naked Sushi 65
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 67
Times Square on New Years Eve 69
The Double Black Diamond Run at Powderhouse Hill 72
The Double Black Diamond Run at Corbets Couloir 74
The Beast 76
The Grover Cleveland Service Area 78
Anywhere Written About by Nick Kristof 82
The Tokyo Summerland Wave Pool August 14 2007 3 p m 85
MidJanuary in Whittier Alaska 87
Onondaga Lake 90
Mount Rushmore 92
Amateur Night at a Shooting Range 94
Ciudad Juárez 96
The Worlds Skinniest Buildings 98
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch 100
The Customs Office at the Buenos Aires Airport Rebecca Solnit 102
Any Hotel That Used to Be a Prison 105
The Top of Mount Washington in a Snowstorm 107
The Bottom of the Kola Superdeep Borehole 109
The Inside of a dB Drag Racer During Competition 111
ShangriLa 113
Body Farms 115
An AA Meeting When Youre Drunk 117
Jupiters Worst Moon 118
Picher Oklahoma 121
Tierra Santa Theme Park 123
The New South China Mall 150
An Island off Germanys East Coast January 16 1362 153
Fucking Austria 155
The White Shark Café While Dressed as an Elephant Seal 157
The Sidewalk Outside the Roman Coliseum During the Crazy Gladiators Shift 159
Any Place Whose Primary Claim to Fame Is a Large Fiberglass Thing 161
The Path of an Advancing Column of Driver Ants 163
The Road of Death 165
Adventure of the Beagle the Musical Eric Simons 168
Cusco If You Are Albino 171
Manneken Pis 172
An Old Firm Derby While Wearing the Wrong Color TShirt 174
The Annual Poison Oak Show 176
The Inside of a Chinese Coal Mine 178
The Seattle Gum Wall 180
The Inner Workings of a Rendering Plant 184
An Airplane After It Has Been Stranded on the Runway for Eight Hours 186
The Amsterdam Sexmuseum 188
The Next Eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano 190
Ancient Rome on or Around the Night of July 18 64 a d 194
Nevada 196
Fan Hours at the Las Vegas Porn Convention Brendan Buhler 200
The World Bog Snorkelling Championships 202
Your College Campus Four Months After You Graduate 204
A North Korean Gulag 205
Disaster City 207
The Inside of a Spotted Hyenas Birth Canal 209
Gropers Night on the Tokyo Subway 211
The Yucatán Peninsula When a Giant Asteroid Hit the Earth 213
Monday Morning at the DMV 215
Black Rock City 217
The Bottom of a Pig Lagoon 221
Sohra India 10 a m During Rainy Season 223
The Thing 224
Four Corners 226
Russias Prison OE2565 228
A Bikram Yoga Studio 230
The Traveling Mummies of Guanajuato 232
The Top of the Stari Grad Bell Tower 234
Acknowledgments 237
Photo Credits 239
Index 241
Garbage City 140
Stonehenge 142
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Catherine Price is an avid traveler and writer who hopes never to see a body farm firsthand. Coauthor of The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook and a contributing editor at Popular Science, she has written for the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Salon, Slate, and The Best American Science Writing.

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