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Die Wette (edition 2010)
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The most absurd, hilarious, and ridiculous travelogue ever told, by two hit-TV comedy writers who raced each other around the world—for bragging rights and a very expensive bottle of Scotch
It started as a friendly wager: two old friends from The Harvard Lampoon, now hotshot Hollywood scribes, challenged each other to a race around the globe in opposite directions. There was only one rule: no airplanes. The first man to cross every line of longitude and arrive back in L.A. would win Scotch and infamy. But little did one racer know that the other planned to cheat him out of the big prize by way of a ride on a quarter-million-dollar jet pack.
What follows is a pair of hilarious, hazardous, and eye-opening journeys into the farthest corners of the world. From the West Bank to the Aleutian Islands, the slums of Rio to the steppes of Mongolia, traveling by ocean freighter and the Trans-Siberian Railway (pranking each other mercilessly along the way), Vali and Steve plunge eagerly and ill-prepared into global adventure.
The Ridiculous Race is a comic travelogue unlike any other, an outrageous tale of two gentlemen travelers who can’t wait to don baggy cardigan sweaters, clench corncob pipes between their teeth, and yell at their sons, “You lazy bums! When we were your age, we raced around the world without airplanes!”
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:44 -0400)
"We decided to race each other around the world without using airplanes. Steve went west, Vali went east, and the first guy to circle the planet would win a bottle of the best Scotch we could find in Los Angeles. This book is about our race. our vicious rivalry, and the crazy experiences we had as we tore through twenty-four countries on five continents. It features many valuable lessons, such as: How to join a Brazilian graffiti gang; Why you shouldn't eat fried silkworms or drink fermented mare's milk; Who to see if you need a custom jetpack; What to do if you accidentally get stuck in Palestine; Blueprints for a blind date in Sweden; and How to plan a kidnapping in Moscow. We're hoping this book is very popular, because it's about things everyone likes: vacation, adventures, friendship, races, pranks, and backpacks."--BOOK JACKET.
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