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Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat…

by Andy Duncan

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Entertaining book about the peculiarities of the State of my birth is marred by omissions and errors, such as:

Missing: Slapout from the list of interesting place names. Called such because the storekeeper always said he was "slap out" of something.

Error: "The Bottle" in Lee County did not get its name from a sign of a coke bottle. There was a large wooden replica of a Nehi orange soda! See https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/40/The_Bottle%2C_Alabama.jpg/250px-The_Bottle%2C_Alabama.jpg.

Error: The Brewton blueberry drop can't take place SIMULTANEOUSLY with the ball drop in Times Square--they are in two different time zones. Unless the folks in Brewton, who don't like to stay up late, hold their New Year's celebration an hour early.

Error: Women certainly were eligible to receive patents in 1901. Women had filed for and received thousands of patents by then and there were also woman patent examiners!

Error: The Carnival of the Waterbugs fountain is outside of the FORMER KinderCare headquarters. KinderCare left Montgomery long before this book was written.

And there were others I didn't bother to verify. I wonder how many others I missed because I was familiar with what the author was writing about? Books like this require a little research and fact checking, and I'm disappointed when the author doesn't do so. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 23, 2017 |
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