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Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year

01 Feb

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I tend not to bother with book prizes, mainly because I’m to busy reading and also I hate being told there are books I need to read when most turn out to be disappointing, so further to my (almost) amusing post of book titles that I did a while ago, Pure Art I have been mooching Wikipedia to find something I can blatantly copy and paste for you until I get some more book reviews finished.

Here are the winners of the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year:

1978 Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice Various authors
1979 The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution Barbara Sherman Heyl
1980 The Joy of Chickens Dennis Nolan
1981 Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances Various authors
1982 Population and Other Problems: Family Planning, Housing 1,000 million, Labour Employment Various authors
1983 Unsolved Problems of Modern Theory of Lengthwise Rolling A. I. Tselikov, G. S. Nikitin and S. E. Rokotyan
1984 The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today Anne Wilson
1985 Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts Donald L. Wilson
1986 Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality Glenn C. Ellenbogen
1987 No Award
1988 Versailles: The View From Sweden Elaine Dee and Guy Walton
1989 How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art Kathleen Meyer
1990 Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual Pat Califia
1991 No award
1992 How to Avoid Huge Ships John W. Trimmer
1993 American Bottom Archaeology Charles J. Bareis and James W. Porter
1994 Highlights in the History of Concrete C. C. Stanley
1995 Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes Douglas Davies and Alastair Shaw
1996 Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers Derek Willan
1997 The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition Alex Comfort
1998 Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw Gareth Williams
1999 Weeds in a Changing World: British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64 Charles H. Stirton
2000 Designing High Performance Stiffened Structures IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
2001 Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service Gerard Forlin
2002 Living with Crazy Buttocks Kaz Cooke
2003 The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan
2004 Bombproof Your Horse Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden
2005 People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It Gary Leon Hill
2006 The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification Julian Montague
2007 If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs Big Boom
2008 The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais Philip M. Parker
2009 Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes Daina Taimina
2010 Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way Michael R. Young
2011 Cooking with Poo Saiyuud Diwong
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27 responses to “Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year

  1. evermoreevil

    01/02/2013 at 14:52

    What a set of titles. Cracking stuff. Will do more research into some of these, they sound interesting!

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    • StetotheJ

      01/02/2013 at 14:54

      I never see them in book shops though, maybe I just don’t go to enough of them, I crave words….still.

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  2. Daire

    01/02/2013 at 19:16

    Fabulous! I pick books for their covers (shock! horror!) or titles so I think you’ve just added a hefty bunch to my copious TBR list!

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    • Daire

      01/02/2013 at 19:18

      P.S. I’ve just bought ‘I’m a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president’ for that very reason.

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      • StetotheJ

        01/02/2013 at 21:36

        Ha! fantastic, I would love to hear all about that one when your done, it appears to my sense of despotism, that is why I always carry a cat that I call Chairman Meow.

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  3. Sandee

    01/02/2013 at 19:48

    Living with Crazy Buttocks sounds fab!

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    • StetotheJ

      01/02/2013 at 21:38

      I wish I had some crazy buttocks, not my own of course just some random ones to poke. It would be a good conversation starter at parties.

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  4. RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book

    01/02/2013 at 19:51

    These are hilarious! Wasn’t the title for 1988 another one of Sarah Palin’s views on international politics??? 😉

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    • StetotheJ

      01/02/2013 at 21:40

      Haha, whatever happened to her, did she lose that lipstick that Obama was on about? I find the whole politics thing confusing when animals are brought in, it’s especially odd as its unproven scientific fact that animals can’t actually lie.

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  5. gargoylebruce

    02/02/2013 at 07:50

    I love it. This is true service to the world of literature….you should start a Reader’s Challenge based on the above. I wonder why there was no award in 1987 and 1991? And I wonder how many are deliberately meant to be silly? Kaz Cooke’s Living with Crazy Buttocks is certainly meant to be – she’s a comedian. I prefer the unintentionally hilarious myself…

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    • StetotheJ

      05/02/2013 at 15:38

      I’m with you on that, nothing beats a strangely worded title, that no one seems to have taken the time to notice was a bit mental. Your lesbian ‘osses got me on the road to this. Soit’s all your fault I got mired in the world of the strange…

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  6. Claire 'Word by Word'

    02/02/2013 at 08:48

    And your favourite is….

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    • StetotheJ

      05/02/2013 at 15:37

      Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes, most definitely. it is something I would be fascinated to read about. I’m not macabre…honest!

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  7. renxkyoko

    02/02/2013 at 12:52

    I wonder if some of these folks used government funds to research on nude mice. lol !

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    • StetotheJ

      05/02/2013 at 15:39

      I think it’s worth getting a grant to find out, I would be up for looking at sleeping horses to see if they twitch, for a small fee of say £65,000.

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  8. quirkybooks

    04/02/2013 at 15:46

    This made me laugh so much. Thanks for sharing.

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    • StetotheJ

      05/02/2013 at 15:40

      The joys of copy and paste!

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      • quirkybooks

        06/02/2013 at 01:35

        It must have taken you ages to copy and paste that lot. Thanks for the laughs. Laughing is the best form of medicine.

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  9. 최다해 gongjumonica

    08/02/2013 at 04:30

    Interesting and hilarious list. I wonder what the The Joy of Chickens is about. Do you notice chickens having fun? Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances is something I am very afraid to read as it will surely give me a tremendous heartbreak after.

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    • StetotheJ

      09/02/2013 at 12:42

      it does seem sad, it’s quite dark really in the context of ‘comedy’ names. I will observe chickens more. I have never seen a chicken smile or use a slide,maybe they only do that when us humans don’t watch.

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      • 최다해 gongjumonica

        14/02/2013 at 06:41

        You do that. I can imagine what they do when we are not watching. I have watched Chicken Run movie, you know. Along with other funny cartoon movies.

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        • StetotheJ

          17/02/2013 at 19:20

          How could I forget Chicken Run, fine film that.

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          • 최다해 gongjumonica

            19/02/2013 at 04:15

            I didn’t expect you actually watched that. Aha. There’s one more interesting than Chicken Run. Chicken Little! I like that. The sky is falling!

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            • StetotheJ

              19/02/2013 at 17:18

              I haven’t seen Chicken Little, may have to check that out. I think a chicken themed film weekend would go down a treat.

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              • 최다해 gongjumonica

                20/02/2013 at 03:52

                What fun! You must really watch Chicken Little. I so love it. I hope you like it, too.

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  10. pennycoho

    03/03/2013 at 20:22

    Oh lordy …SteJ. Sums up civilization to a scary degree. Also laughing myself silly here!

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    • StetotheJ

      03/03/2013 at 20:53

      There are some insane creations out there indeed. Sometimes I want to despair, before sniggering at some of the titles.

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