The Ridiculous Race

The Ridiculous Race

26,000 Miles, 2 Guys, 1 Globe, No Airplanes

Book - 2008
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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 , Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran 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!"

Publisher: New York : Holt Paperbacks, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805087406
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Hely
910.4 Hely
Characteristics: 315 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Chandrasekaran, Vali


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Feb 08, 2013

Funny in some parts. Gets you thinking about your own trip around the world. How you would do it, where you would go and if money was no option. They could have done the ending better, but they do admit that in book.


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Feb 08, 2013

Emortis18 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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