South Dakota Curiosities

South Dakota Curiosities Author Bernie Hunhoff
ISBN-10 0762758686
Year 2010
Pages 325
Language en
Publisher
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The definitive collection of South Dakota's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for South Dakota residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

What s Great about South Dakota

What s Great about South Dakota Author Mary Meinking
ISBN-10 9781467762717
Year 2015-02-01
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher Lerner Publications
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What's so great about South Dakota? Readers will explore the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Mount Rushmore State including historic landmarks, fascinating history, and national memorials.

Outlaw Tales of South Dakota

Outlaw Tales of South Dakota Author T. D. Griffith
ISBN-10 9781493017447
Year 2015-05-01
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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Massacres, mayhem, and mischief fill the pages of Outlaw Tales of South Dakota. Ride with horse thieves and cattle rustlers, stagecoach, and train robbers. Duck the bullets of murderers, plot strategies with con artists, hiss at lawmen turned outlaws. A refreshing new perspective on some of the most infamous reprobates of the Great Plains.

New Mexico Curiosities

New Mexico Curiosities Author Sam Lowe
ISBN-10 9781461747413
Year 2009-01-13
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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Whether you're a born-and-raised New Mexican, a recent transplant, or just passing through, New Mexico Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as it introduces you to the most fascinating characters in the Spanish State, and takes you places you never could have imagined—some of them right around the corner!

Nebraska Curiosities

Nebraska Curiosities Author Rick Yoder
ISBN-10 9781461747383
Year 2010-01-19
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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Discover Nebraska's curious underside with this oddly entertaining little guide! Travelers with a taste for the bizarre, tacky, and hilarious can visit the Avoca Quack-Off, learn about the inland Linoma Lighthouse, view a Roller Skating Museum, and pay a visit to the world's largest covered wagon. Only true Cornhuskers could capture the essence of these and other authentic Nebraska phenomena, and Rick Yoder and David Harding do their home state proud.

Iowa Curiosities

Iowa Curiosities Author Eric Jones
ISBN-10 9780762761609
Year 2009-11-10
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Hawkeye State has to offer!

Mammoth Cave Curiosities

Mammoth Cave Curiosities Author Colleen O'Connor Olson
ISBN-10 9780813169262
Year 2017-01-11
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
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Sir Elton John, blind fish, the original Twinkie, President Ronald Reagan's Secret Service detail, and mummies don't usually come up in the same conversation -- unless you're at Mammoth Cave National Park! Home to the earth's longest known cave system, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America. Although this remarkable place has been immortalized in works ranging from Herman Melville's Moby Dick to H. P. Lovecraft's "The Beast in the Cave," the realities of life at Mammoth Cave can be stranger than fiction. In this charming book, Colleen O'Connor Olson takes readers on a tour through a labyrinth of topics. She discusses scientific subjects such as the fossils of prehistoric animals and the secret lives of subterranean critters, and she provides essential information on dating in the cave (the age of rocks and artifacts, not courtship). Olson also explores Mammoth Cave's rich history, covering its use as the world's first tuberculosis sanatorium as well as its operation as a saltpeter mine during the War of 1812, and shares the inspirational story of the park's first female ranger. Throughout, Olson offers up humorous accounts of celebrity visits and astounding adventures and even includes a chapter dedicated to jokes told in the cave over the years. Whether you're visiting the national park, thinking about visiting, or just curious about a place recognized as one of the world's greatest natural wonders, don't miss this delightful guide to the wild and wonderful subterranean world of Mammoth Cave.

The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities

The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities Author Nicholas Bakalar
ISBN-10 9781429964548
Year 2009-07-21
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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Delightful doses of medical miscellany about wacky doctors and their curious patients, from their smallest bones (the stapes) to their heaviest organs (the liver) In this addictive collection of trivia, Nicholas Bakalar, the "Vital Signs" columnist for The New York Times, spoons out the things you never realized you really want to know about your body and your health. Bakalar shares the wonders of medicine, from medical firsts (in 1667, the first survivor of a blood transfusion received sheep's blood) to medical onlys (rabies is the only infectious disease that is 100 percent curable when treated and 100 percent fatal if not). He takes a tour of diseases that belong in horror movies: liquefying organs, flesh-eating bacteria, mushrooms sprouting in the throat. He notes remarkable remedies, such as dark chocolate, which can stand in for blood-pressure pills. And he dissects the chemistry of the human body (including the 0.0000000000000015259 percent that is radium). With a specialist's attention to the funny bone as well as the gray matter, Bakalar's The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities tickles the curiosity of both the healthy and the hypochondriac, following Voltaire's dictum that "the art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."

South Dakota Simply Beautiful

South Dakota Simply Beautiful Author
ISBN-10 1560372664
Year 2003-05-30
Pages 120
Language en
Publisher
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Home to farmland and badlands, prairies and caves, and the treasured Black Hills, as well as such human-made wonders as Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse memorial, the Corn Palace, and Wall Drug, South Dakota is a land of extraordinary variety. The state retains a strong connection to its wild and woolly history while inviting present-day explorers to seek out and enjoy its one-of-a-kind sights and experiences. In this collection of full-color images, photographer J. C. Leacock captures the striking diversity and rugged scenic beauty of this friendly central state.

A South Dakota Guide

A South Dakota Guide Author Federal Writers' Project. South Dakota
ISBN-10 9781603540407
Year 1938
Pages 441
Language en
Publisher US History Publishers
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Ray Weber offers links to online newspapers based in South Dakota as part of 50states.com, a service of Weber Publications. 50states.com offers other state-specific information as well, such as state songs, state birds, and trivia about each state.

More Than Curiosities

More Than Curiosities Author Susan L. Meyn
ISBN-10 0739102494
Year 2001-01-01
Pages 267
Language en
Publisher Lexington Books
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Beginning in the 1920s anthropologists, traders, and other admirers of traditional Native American cultures appalled by the degradation of fine crafts into tourist trinkets began cultivating a fine-arts market for indigenous textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and basketry. In More Than Curiosities, Susan Labry Meyn explores how this grassroots revival led to the founding of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in 1935. Meyn demonstrates how the Board and its activities such as development and marketing of quality arts and crafts, targeted loan programs, and the creation of artisans' cooperatives not only aided in the development of a source of sustained income for Native artists, but also were pivotal in overcoming the larger Euro-American indifference toward Native culture. Under the leadership of Rene d'Harnoncourt, the Board facilitated cross-cultural understanding and provided the mechanisms that allowed Native American artists to revive traditional practices and adapt them to an Anglo market. Meyn's novel study will become an invaluable contribution to scholars of the period, artists, and anyone interested in Native American studies."

Little House on the Prairie Tie in Edition

Little House on the Prairie Tie in Edition Author Laura Ingalls Wilder
ISBN-10 006075835X
Year 2005-03-01
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher HarperFestival
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A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.