9780061787768

101 Places Not to See Before You Die

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    9780061787768

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    0061787760

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-22
  • Publisher: Perennial

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Summary

Because bad places make good storiesThe Testicle Festival, Garbage City, Rush Hour on a Samoan Bus, our Boss's Bedroom, Stonehenge, The Road of Death, A North Korean Gulag, Fucking, Austria, And 92 More! From the Grover Cleveland Service Area to the Beijing Museum of Tap Water to, of course, Euro Disney, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die brings you lively tales of the most ill-conceived museums, worst theme parks, and grossest Superfund sites that you'll ever have the pleasure of not visiting. Journalist Catherine Price travels the globe for stories of misadventure to which any seasoned traveler can relate - including guest entries from writers such as Nicholas Kristof, Mary Roach, Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit, and A. J. Jacobs-and along the way she discovers that the worst experiences are often the ones we'll never forget.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
The Testicle Festivalp. 1
An Underpass in Connaught Circle, New Delhi, at the Moment When Someone Puts a Turd on Your Shoep. 3
Euro Disneyp. 5
Ibiza on a Family Vacationp. 8
The Beijing Museum of Tap Waterp. 10
A Bathtub Filled with Beerp. 12
An Overnight Train in China on the First Day of Your First Periodp. 14
Grandpa and Grandma, Koh Samui, Thailandp. 18
The Winchester Mystery Housep. 20
Guest Entry: The Worst Places in the Encyclopediap. 23
Hellp. 25
A Buzkashi Matchp. 27
Your Boss's Bedroomp. 29
An Overnight Stay at a Korean Templep. 30
Pamplona, from the Perspective of a Bullp. 34
The Gloucester Cheese Rolling Competitionp. 37
Guest Entry: The Worst Meal in Barcelonap. 39
Wall Drugp. 42
Bartp. 45
A Stop on Carry Nation's Hatchetation Tourp. 47
The Third Infiltration Tunnel at the DMZp. 49
Rush Hour on a Samoan Busp. 52
Guest Entry: The Tupperware Museump. 54
An Outdoor Wedding During the 2021 Emergence of the Great Eastern Cicada Broodp. 55
(Tr)Action Parkp. 58
A Giant Room Filled with Human Crapp. 60
Kingman Reefp. 62
Naked Suship. 65
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monumentp. 67
Times Square on New Year's Evep. 69
The Double Black Diamond Run at Powderhouse Hillp. 72
The Double Black Diamond Run at Corbet's Couloirp. 74
The Beastp. 76
The Grover Cleveland Service Areap. 78
The Room Where Spam Subject Lines Are Createdp. 80
Anywhere Written Aboutp. 82
Guest Entry: Experiences That Nick Kristof Does Not Think Are Worth Having Before You Diep. 84
The Tokyo Summerland Wave Pool, August 14, 2007, 3 P.M.p. 85
Mid-January in Whittier, Alaskap. 87
Onondaga Lakep. 90
Mount Rushmorep. 92
Amateur Night at a Shooting Rangep. 94
Ciudad Juárezp. 96
The World's Skinniest Buildingsp. 98
The Great Pacific Garbage Patchp. 100
Guest Entry: The Customs Office at the Buenos Aires Airportp. 102
Any Hotel That Used to Be a Prisonp. 105
The Top of Mount Washington in a Snowstormp. 107
The Bottom of the Kola Superdeep Boreholep. 109
The Inside of a dB Drag Racer During Competitionp. 111
Shangri-Lap. 113
Body Farmsp. 115
An AA Meeting When You're Drunkp. 117
Jupiter's Worst Moonp. 118
Guest Entry: Splitting the Czechp. 120
Picher, Oklahomap. 121
Tierra Santa Theme Parkp. 123
A Vomitoriump. 126
Medinat al-Fayoum, Egypt, Accompanied by Your Own Security Detailp. 128
The Steam Room at the Russian & Turkish Bathsp. 130
The Blarney Stonep. 132
Guest Entry: Mexico City on the First Day of the Swine Flu Outbreakp. 134
The Wiener's Circlep. 137
The Top of Mount Everestp. 139
Garbage Cityp. 140
Stonehengep. 142
The Khewra Salt Mines Mosquep. 144
Anywhere on a Yamaha Rhinop. 146
Chacabuco, Chilep. 148
The New South China Mallp. 150
Guest Entry: Sumqayit, Azerbaijanp. 152
An Island off Germany's East Coast, January 16, 1362p. 153
Fucking, Austriap. 155
The White Shark Café While Dressed as an Elephant Sealp. 157
The Sidewalk Outside the Roman Coliseum During the Crazy Gladiator's Shiftp. 159
Any Place Whose Primary Claim to Fame Is a Large Fiberglass Thingp. 161
The Path of an Advancing Column of Driver Antsp. 163
The Road of Deathp. 165
Guest Entry: Adventure of the Beagle, the Musicalp. 168
Cusco, If You Are Albinop. 171
Manneken Pisp. 172
An Old Firm Derby While Wearing the Wrong Color T-Shirtp. 174
The Annual Poison Oak Showp. 176
The Inside of a Chinese Coal Minep. 178
The Seattle Gum Wallp. 180
Varrigan Cityp. 182
The Inner Workings of a Rendering Plantp. 184
An Airplane After It Has Been Stranded on the Runway for Eight Hoursp. 186
The Amsterdam Sexmuseump. 188
The Next Eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcanop. 190
The Shores of Burundi's Lake Tanganyika When Gustave Is Hungryp. 192
Ancient Rome on or Around the Night of July 18, 64 A.D.p. 194
Nevadap. 196
Guest Entry: Fan Hours at the Las Vegas Porn Conventionp. 200
The World Bog Snorkelling Championshipsp. 202
Your College Campus Four Months After You Graduatep. 204
A North Korean Gulagp. 205
Disaster Cityp. 207
The Inside of a Spotted Hyena's Birth Canalp. 209
Gropers' Night on the Tokyo Subwayp. 211
The Yucatán Peninsula When a Giant Asteroid Hit the Earthp. 213
Monday Morning at the DMVp. 215
Black Rock Cityp. 217
Guest Entry: Burning Manp. 220
The Bottom of a Pig Lagoonp. 221
Sohra, India, 10 A.M., During Rainy Seasonp. 223
The Thingp. 224
Four Cornersp. 226
Russia's Prison OE-256/5p. 228
A Bikram Yoga Studiop. 230
The Traveling Mummies of Guanajuatop. 232
The Top of the Stari Grad Bell Towerp. 234
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Photo Creditsp. 239
Indexp. 241
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