Sunday, 24 February 2008

ODD BLOG - The oddest titles!

Every now and then I shall put in a posting that is not related to an actual title I have read. Io shall list these under the heading Odd Blog to differenmtiate from my normal reviews.... Here is the first of them.

Every year since 1978 there has been a competition for the book spotted at the Frankfurt Book Fair that ‘most outrageously exceeds all bounds of credulity’. All these books are genuine. The Prize is entitled the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. Winners (and even runners-up) over the last 29 years have included:-

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: a guide to field identification

Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice

The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling

The Joy of Chickens

How Green Were the Nazis?

Celebrating Boxes

A General Analysis of the Counting Methods of Chopped Yarrow Stalks in the Book of Changes

Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan

The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prositution

Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Mind Power: How top use the other 90 per cent of your mind to increase the size of your breasts

100 Years of British Rail Catering

Buddhism in Fifteen minutes

Helium in Canada From 1926 to 1931

Memories of an Amnesiac

Are Women Human and Other International Dialogues

People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It

Sodomy In Reformation Germany and Switzerland

How To Write While You Sleep

Tasty Dishes from Waste Items

Having Fun with Rats

Cooking with God

How to Shit in the Woods, an Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers

The Interpretation of Geological Time from the Evidence of Fossilized Elephant Droppings in Eastern Europe (published in four languages)

Versailles: the View from Sweden

The Romance of Rayon

Build Your Own Titanic

How To Eat a Peanut

Entertaining with Insects: The Original Guide to Insect Cookery

Big and Very Big Hole Drilling

And my absolute favourite...

The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents. Its History and Its Role in the World today

If you would like to take part in the on-line voting for 2008 go to The Bookseller. Currently leading is If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs

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