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message 1: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments the diagram prize is awarded to the oddest book titles. these titles made this years shortlist:

david crompton - afterthoughts of a worm hunter
james a yannes - collectible spoons of the third reich
daina taimina - crocheting adventures with hyperbolic planes
ronald c arkin - governing lethal behavior in autonomous robots
ellen scherl & maria dubinsky - the changing world of inflammatory bowel disease
tara jansen-meyer - what kind of bean is this chihuahua?

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/112...

what is your favorite odd title from this list or otherwise? and what odd titles have you thought of - with or without a short synopsis of the book?


message 2: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Tipping the Hotel Housekeeper, and Other Curious Customs

This book explores all of the crazy things we do, or don't do, and why.


message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments The visions, dispositions, and pedagogical resources of expert primary grade teachers in the area of literacy

That's the title of my dissertation.

Wait, you weren't talking about the most boring titles, sorry...


message 4: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) That doesn't sound boring to me.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Wow, is that a specific title, RA! Uh, please don't ever make me read that, though...


message 6: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Cruel and unusual punishment is not allowed by the US Constitution, Jackie.


message 7: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I tell you what, man, it's boring, no doubt...there's a general rule in academia that as soon as anyone starts talking about his/her dissertation, back slowly away...


message 8: by Gus (last edited Feb 22, 2010 08:07AM) (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) One of my favorite novels with a long and odd book title is No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew it 'Cause Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again: A Symphonic Novel. It's a wonderful, if massive, novel that sadly not many people have read.


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Didn't we have an epic thread on last year's titles? Something to do with cheese, and apes, and corners? It was either here or TN.


message 10: by Rannie (new)

Rannie Larry wrote: "Tipping the Hotel Housekeeper, and Other Curious Customs

This book explores all of the crazy things we do, or don't do, and why."


Is that anything like tipping cows?


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Funny, Rannie!

Uh, not that I would ever do such a thing. To housekeepers OR cows... :)


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Geez Jackie, if you tip your housekeepers like you tip your cows remind me to never work for you!


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Here's a tip for cows:
The early bird may get the worm, but the late cow gets the benefit of a farmer whose hands are already warmed up. ;)


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

The Dork of Cork

(after a prostitute told him, "Be gone, ye little dork")

a dwarf in Ireland. an all-time favorite.


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments LG, my sister bought me the big book of lesbian horse stories as a joke. I'm afraid to read them because I have a feeling most of them will end badly for the horse.


message 19: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
Sarah Pi wrote: "LG, my sister bought me the big book of lesbian horse stories as a joke. I'm afraid to read them because I have a feeling most of them will end badly for the horse."

Really? Is that related to lesbianism somehow?


message 20: by Lobstergirl, el principe (last edited Nov 29, 2010 03:48PM) (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK!

(saw this one go through my feed)


message 21: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Sounds pornographic.


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "Sarah Pi wrote: "LG, my sister bought me the big book of lesbian horse stories as a joke. I'm afraid to read them because I have a feeling most of them will end badly for the horse."

Really? Is that related to lesbianism somehow? "


No. I wasn't implying some weird bestiality thing. Just that in horse stories for adults, I'm guessing that they're going to pick the relationship over the horse at the end, or bond over some tragic moment like the horse dying.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Mobry's Dick by K.Z. Snow Mobry's Dick

Pretty bad. It was in the giveaways list.


message 24: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Nov 30, 2010 10:58PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I didn't read it, lmao. I just saw it when browsing giveaways.

The thread title was about bad book names, and this one fit the bill.


message 25: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments "Fab" ..it wasn't


message 26: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
This year's Diagram Prize shortlist.


The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books). In which the author reveals that Jesus is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita Muscaria.


Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press). The story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.


message 27: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod

Naturally, I don't know what's so strange about this title. Love the cover, too.


message 28: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon). Exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.


message 29: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod



message 30: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod

Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong (Urban Neighbours of Hope). Thai cookbook. “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is Diwong’s nickname.


message 31: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod


The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson (Createspace). An analysis of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit the island of Singapore in 1967.


message 32: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments That one could also be in the worst book covers thread.


message 33: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "A Century of Sand Dredging in the British Channel Volume Two: The Welsh Coast"

Volume two? Really?


message 34: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
Phil wrote: "Lobstergirl wrote: "A Century of Sand Dredging in the British Channel Volume Two: The Welsh Coast"

Volume two? Really?"


Yes, hurry up and finish Volume One so you can read it.


message 35: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
janine wrote: "That one could also be in the worst book covers thread."

I thought it said 'Penis Pank'. I needed the caption to tell me it really said panic.


message 36: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24266 comments Mod
I just saw this go through my feed: Return to Manure


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