September 12th, 2008

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Never judge a book by its title

An afternoon of library blog surfing led me to a laugh-out-loud funny list of odd book titles, including such gems as:

The Great Pantyhose Crafts Book
227 Secrets Your Snake Wants You To Know
Cheese Problems Solved and
Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them

Many of the books on this list are winners of the Diagram Prize, presented each year by The Bookseller (which looks to be the British Publisher's Weekly) to honor a book with an (intentionally funny or otherwise) unusual title. This year's winner? Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers.

The vote to discover the oddest title of the past 30 years was run in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Tittle of the Year. The prize was first conceived by The Diagram Group's Bruce Robertson as a way of avoiding boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In its first year, in 1978, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice picked up the award.

But why go as far as the title to make your judgments? In some cases, you might just stop at the cover...
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