Weird and Wonderful

Author: Andrea Stulman Dennett
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814721052
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Dioramas and panoramas, freaks and magicians, waxworks and menageries, obscure relics and stuffed animals--a dazzling assortment of curiosities attracted the gaze of the nineteenth-century spectator at the dime museum. This distinctly American phenomenon was unprecedented in both the diversity of its amusements and in its democratic appeal, with audiences traversing the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, and class. Andrea Stulman Dennett's Weird and Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America recaptures this ephemeral and scarcely documented institution of American culture from the margins of history. Weird and Wonderful chronicles the evolution of the dime museum from its eighteenth-century inception as a "cabinet of curiosities" to its death at the hands of new amusement technologies in the early twentieth century. From big theaters which accommodated audiences of three thousand to meager converted storefronts exhibiting petrified wood and living anomalies, this study vividly reanimates the array of museums, exhibits, and performances that make up this entertainment institution. Tracing the scattered legacy of the dime museum from vaudeville theater to Ripley's museum to the talk show spectacles of today, Dennett makes a significant contribution to the history of American popular entertainment.

Totally Weird and Wonderful Words

Author: Erin McKean
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199886036
Format: PDF, ePub
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Do you know what a snollygoster is? Would you eat something called a muktuk? Do you know anyone who engages in onolatry? Impress your friends and pepper your dinner party conversations with such nuggets as gobemouche, mumpsimus, and cachinnate. You can learn about all of these bizarre and beautiful words and many more in Totally Weird and Wonderful Words. Both witty and entertaining, this new paperback brings together two best-selling compendiums to all words unique and strange, Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. Offering a potpourri of colorful and fascinating words compiled by noted lexicographer Erin McKean, it contains hundreds of definitions, and has been updated to include two new essays, with over 150 words new to this edition. Written in a clear and conversational style, the book contains full-page cartoon illustrations by Roz Chast and Danny Shanahan. Featuring hundreds of words guaranteed to amuse and astonish, this is a book that will appeal to logophiles everywhere. It also features a bibliography of Oxford dictionaries and a guide to creating your own unusual words correctly from Greek and Latin roots. Smart and funny and with just a touch of whimsy, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words is the perfect book for reading in your sitooterie with a bumbo in your hand while mavises sing in your ear.

Weird and Wonderful Words

Author: Erin McKean
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195159055
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Lists the meaning of hundreds of bizarre and unusual words and includes a guide to coining new words.

Weird Wonderful

Author: Welleran Poltarnees
Publisher: Green Tiger Press
ISBN: 9781595833853
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A collection of scenes from various childrens books.

Weird and Wonderful

Author: Elizabeth Laskey
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
ISBN: 9781403449603
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Introduces some of the world's most unusual plants and animals, explains what they eat and how they live, and discusses how their unique characteristics help them survive.

Wild Weird and Wonderful

Author: Mark Sloan
Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press& the Mill rd
ISBN: 9780971454842
Format: PDF
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Remarkable period photographs by F. W. Glasier capture the colorful world of the Big Top in early twentieth-century America, portraying an array of parades, tent raisings, circus spectaculars, and the everyday lives of the performers.

Lizards

Author: Margery Facklam
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316087181
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With enthusiastic and accurate text blended with precise illustrations, this book describes 13 amazing lizards and delivers an in-depth look into their fascinating worlds, from their eating habits to the defense of their territory. Full color.

Weird Wonderful

Author: Michele Lamar Richards
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
ISBN: 0999361309
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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL is an odd love story about an even odder pair who meet under darkly serendipitous events. As fate would have it there is truly somebody for everyone. A long short story of love in the millennial ages.

The Odd Body

Author: Stephen Juan
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 1449411398
Format: PDF, ePub
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If you've ever had a question about your body (maybe one you're afraid to ask?), this book is for you. Things like why we yawn, why skin wrinkles after a bath, or even whether it's possible to keep a severed head alive: The Odd Body explains these and many other silly, weird, bizarre, and fascinating body mysteries. Dr. Stephen Juan entertains and rivets readers with his detailed answers. Reading The Odd Body is like having your doctor patiently answer all your random questions, one by one. But Dr. Juan goes well beyond the usual and ordinary things people wonder about bodies, like why most individuals are right-handed or why you get chills when chalk screeches across a blackboard. He also tells readers how a dead body is made into a mummy, the success rate of those who bore holes in their own heads to relieve headaches, and much, much more. The Odd Body is a unique combination of fun and fascinating material that's delivered by an expert who happens to be a great storyteller. The book's question-and-answer format makes it easy to pick up, turn to any page, and immediately become drawn into the intricacies of anatomy and physiology while gaining a better understanding of the human need to know more about ourselves.