Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Strip and Knit With Style

The Bookseller has been giving out the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year since 1978.

They deliberately don't look at what the book is about so as not to be influenced by reason and sense. ;-) The titles are being judged on their own merits.

Pick a couple of titles and write a blurb or review of the book the title inspires for you. (Note, if you're doing this with kids, read through the list first so you can make adjustments for your kids' tastes! ;-)

This year's winner: The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais

A selection of past years' winners and some nominees:

  • The Rape-Sponge Cucumber
  • Strip and Knit With Style
  • What do Socks do?
  • Bombproof Your Horse
  • Sex After Death
  • Toilets That Make Compost
  • All Dogs Have ADHD
  • How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
  • The Large Sieve and Its Applications
  • Deathing: An Intelligent Alternative for the Final Moments of Life
  • A God or a Bench
  • Children Are Like Wet Cement
  • People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It
  • Malformed Frogs
  • Waterproofing Your Child
  • Male Genital Organs and Their Improvement
  • The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution
  • Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring
  • The Care and Feeding of Stuffed Animals
  • Versailles: The View From Sweden
  • The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials
  • Egg Banjos from Around the World
  • The Industrial Vagina
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