At least thats what adventurous author Harmon Leon learned when he went on a cross-country roadtrip into the diseased underbelly of America to research for his book, National Lampoons Road Trip USA (National Lampoon), where he explores the scariest, strangest, and funniest places that National Lampoons first family, The Griswolds, shouldve visited during their road trips.
But while cockfighting hicks in Louisiana and wild boar hunters in Florida were enough to shock Leon, it was the polygamists in Utah that truly creeped him out.
Says Leon: The polygamy town I visited was by far the weirdest thing I experienced. There were tons of women that looked exactly like the twins from The Shining, and like 90 guys that were married to all of them. Everyone hated us because we were outsiders it was insane!
And as Leons trip continued, he experienced the real underbelly of America by eating horrible food and staying in downright dirty motels.
He jokes, At every nasty, low-budget motel I stayed, I felt like I was being trained to play amateur forensics!
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