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Old 03-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year

The annual Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year was announced last February 22. The winner will be announced on March 22, 2013.

For a list of current entries for 2013, as well as entries from 2012 (perhaps a better vintage of odd), see below.


2013

Was Hitler Ill?, by Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann (Polity).

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley (Conari).

How Tea Cozies Changed the World, by Loani Prior (Murdoch).

Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts, by Jerry Gagne (Foy’s Pet Supplies).

How to Sharpen Pencils, by David Rees (Melville House).

God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, by Tom Hickman (Square Peg).

2012

A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two, by Peter Gosson (Amberley).

Cooking with Poo, by Saiyuud Diwong (Urban Neighbours of Hope) ("Poo" is Thai for "crab" and is also Diwon's nickname).

Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World, by Aino Praakli (Kirjastus Elmatar).

The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria, by Scott D Mendelson (Createspace).

Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge, by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press).

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon).

The Mushroom in Christian Art, by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books).

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Old 03-17-2013, 03:56 AM   #2
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Those sound great! I'm not sure I'd read any of them, but I'd sure love to browse them.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Sorry to sound a negative note, but this is another example of how standards are falling in the book world. I mean, when I was young, we had really odd book titles. I'm thinking of such classics as The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today, by Anne Wilson. Not to mention Gareth Williams's Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw.

Compared to these, a title about pigeon lofts in North America is positively ordinary. As for How to sharpen pencils, I mean what else would you call a book about how to sharpen pencils?

I blame the decline on the growth of e-readers and self-publishing. And of course DRM.

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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Sorry to sound a negative note, but this is another example of how standards are falling in the book world. I mean, when I was young, we had really odd book titles. I'm thinking of such classics as The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today, by Anne Wilson. Not to mention Gareth Williams's Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw.

Compared to these, a title about pigeon lofts in North America is positively ordinary. As for How to sharpen pencils, I mean what else would you call a book about how to sharpen pencils?

I blame the decline on the growth of e-readers and self-publishing. And of course DRM.

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I must admit I've always had a soft spot for the Amazon bestseller The Seaweed Book: How to Find and Have Fun with Seaweed
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:58 AM   #5
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The Mushroom in Christian Art, by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books).
Someone's dissertation or thesis, perhaps?
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Someone's dissertation or thesis, perhaps?
Is the Author an Haight Asbury wanna be? Magic Mushrooms
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But.. but..

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley

The How-To book you didn't know you needed! I mean, I don't have chickens or a coop, but I do have a flock of wild ducks and a toolshed. Would it work for that? I have enough backyard stress with the random wild pig or alligator showing up. Don't need goblins on top of that.
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"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop is the only complete manual on how to identify, track, defend, and destroy those bothersome brownies, goblins, dwarves, scheming flower-fairies, and other nasty members of the fairy realm."

sounds like a useful book for just about anyone!

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Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley

The How-To book you didn't know you needed! I mean, I don't have chickens or a coop, but I do have a flock of wild ducks and a toolshed. Would it work for that? I have enough backyard stress with the random wild pig or alligator showing up. Don't need goblins on top of that.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:40 AM   #9
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How Tea Cozies Changed the World, by Loani Prior (Murdoch).
I'm actually quite upset that I might have missed this exciting development. I'm now feeling about as sadly irrelevant as a traditional publishing house.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:09 AM   #10
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"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop is the only complete manual on how to identify, track, defend, and destroy those bothersome brownies, goblins, dwarves, scheming flower-fairies, and other nasty members of the fairy realm."

sounds like a useful book for just about anyone!
I bet not a single purchaser has ever had any more problems with goblins goblin chickens.
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I bet not a single purchaser has ever had any more problems with goblins goblin chickens.
Which certainly aught to prove its effectiveness in dealing with the problem.
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But.. but..

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley

The How-To book you didn't know you needed! I mean, I don't have chickens or a coop, but I do have a flock of wild ducks and a toolshed. Would it work for that? I have enough backyard stress with the random wild pig or alligator showing up. Don't need goblins on top of that.
At last! A reason why the chicken crossed the road that makes sense!
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At last! A reason why the chicken crossed the road that makes sense!
Well! It's certainly on MY bookshelf!
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Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge sounds like a good read to me, if only to solve the mystery: what is a Japanese Chicken Sexier doing in Hebden Bridge in 1935? Apart from sexing chickens I mean. Espionage? I can feel a conspiracy theory coming on.
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My mother grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where raising chickens is still the livelihood for many. Chicken sexer was a highly coveted job requiring fine motor skills and it paid well.

I actually own Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World as I knit socks for relaxation and to wear and give away.

How Tea Cozies Changed the World is my vote for odd title of the year.
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