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Holy foreskin! AN IRREVERENT CURIOSITY is now in paperback.

David Farley - AN IRREVERENT CURIOSITY David Farley's An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town is now available in paperback.

We profiled An Irreverent Curiosity in an earlier post, and the book is even more appealing at US $12.48 (the Amazon paperback price) than it was as a $25.00 hardcover. (Got a Kindle? The e-book edition is yours for US $9.99.)

Sally Law of The New Yorker interviewed David Farley about the book last August. The result of the interview, a "Book Bench" Q&A, is an entertaining read.

To learn even more about An Irreverent Curiosity and the lost or stolen sacred prepuce that inspired it, visit the author's Web site, www.dfarley.com.


Munich's Oktoberfest is 200 in 2010

Munich Oktoberfest tent
ABOVE: A colorful Bavarian leads a Hippodrom crowd in a chorus of "Ein Prosit."

by Durant Imboden

My PR contacts and former drinking buddies at Munich International Airport have alerted me to something I hadn't known until today: 2010 is the 200th year of Munich's fabled Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest sign Mind you, the first Oktoberfest was a bit different from the monster beer bash that the festival has become. The event began in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Everyone had so much fun at the reception that the party was repeated annually, minus the priest and nuptials. 

Munich beer waitress Today, Oktoberfest goes on for more than two weeks, during which time 6 million visitors guzzle some 6 million liters (1.5 million gallons) of special Oktoberfest beer. In addition to the 14 beer tents or festival halls, Oktoberfest has more than 200 carnival rides, sideshows, and other attractions. (It also has hundreds of police and security guards to keep drunks from making nuisances of themselves).

Even if you aren't a frat boy with a fetish for keggers, you're likely to enjoy Oktoberfest. This year's festival runs from Friday, September 17 through Monday, October 4. 

For more information, including links to other resources, read our Oktoberfest article in the Munich section of Europeforvisitors.com.

Inset photos: Elena Koupsova-Vasic, Peter Jobst.