Before buying that plane ticket, don’t you need to know which exotic islands still have cannibals? Wonder what it’s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? Are you worried about coming down with “Alien Hand Syndrome”? In Random Obsessions, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over, to give us the arcane, the bizarre, and the inexplicable – all of which is true.
Belardes’ passion and wit shine through these accounts of the surprising reality that lurks behind the things we take for granted. And who doesn’t want to read first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults, and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space?
Nick Belardes is a historian turned into a TV/online journalist overnight after blogging his way to success. His articles and essays have since appeared on the homepage of CNN.com and other news sites across the country. He is the author of the first Twitter novel, Small Spaces, and you can follow his daily rants: twitter.com/nlbelardes. He lives in Bakersfield.