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Tim Cahill’s World Worsts

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Name Tim Cahill
Who? Winner of a National Magazine Award and two Lowell Thomas Gold Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, Tim is one of America’s best known adventure travel writers and humorists. He’s a founding editor of Outside Magazine, where he penned the Out There column for years.  He is the author of nine books including Hold the Enlightenment, Pass the Butterworms, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Pecked to Death By Ducks, Road Fever and Lost in My Own Backyard. His work also appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times Book Review and other national publications. He lives in Montana.
Age 65
Countries visited About 100.

Titanic Nominations
1. Worst Name for a Night Club The Disco of the Giant Ground Sloth, Puerto Natales, Chile
2. Worst Wire Ever Tapped International call at a “Tourist” Hotel in Beijing.   Heard during a fifteen minute conversation with my wife: *Click, buzz, click*  *a heavy sigh*  *sounds of someone eating* followed by *a long satisfied belch.*
3. Worst Menu Item in an Actual Restaurant Boiled Fermented Cow’s Nose, Denpasar, Bali (there is a note on this item, in English “the flavor may not agree with some Westerners.”  True, that.)
4. Worst Outhouse The Throne of Terror, built at an archeological dig near Lake Paytexbatun, Guatemala.  Archeologists are not biologists and constructed the two holer over an existing vertical cave populated by bats. Visitors are obliged to deal the common travelers’ ailment while angry bats swoop and dive about in a maelstrom of rage.
5. Worst Traveling Companion A guy named Lazslo. No one in particular, just any guy named Lazslo.

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  1. July 4th, 2009 at 10:32 | #1

    I would like to discuss with Tim Cahill of tigers in Turkey (he has wrote about them “Anybody seen a tiger around here in 2002). I have deeply worked on caspian tigers. I have concluded that in historic times, tigers where present up to oriental Europe, and can be reemplanted in rehabilited tugaï zones as it seems they ans siberian tigers are only one genetic branch.

  2. August 30th, 2009 at 18:06 | #2

    Dear Tim Cahill,

    Thanks for this very interesting post which we had the pleasure of linking to from this piece
    http://kevindolgin.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/travel-writers-most-memorable-bummers/

    Best of all possible regards,
    Pat Hartman
    News Editor, The Blog of Kevin Dolgin

  3. March 21st, 2010 at 21:12 | #3

    I beg to different about the traveling companions. signed: Lazslo

  4. Ben P.
    June 10th, 2010 at 23:43 | #4

    Tim Cahill is the man! His books are wildly entertaining & educational! Praise!

  5. July 24th, 2010 at 12:45 | #5

    Funny stuff, as always, from one of my heroes. Not sure I agree with him about the disco, however: Disco of the Giant Ground Sloth sounds pretty cool to me.

  6. Ellie
    August 22nd, 2010 at 04:51 | #6

    Hey Tim–I love your books–have given them to a few friends/family for gifts.

  7. Carmen
    September 14th, 2010 at 03:44 | #7

    Dear Tim,

    You are one of the very few authors who can make me laugh out loud. I hang on to your books and re-read them. I recommend them to friends….but never give mine away.. They are precious. I am sorry for your loss. I hope you know how much your humor has brightened my days. -Hugs from a old married gal in Texas.

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