Monday, September 6, 2010

More Odd Callings

The Diagram Prize is awarded annually by The Bookseller, a British trade magazine, to the book with the oddest title. In 2009, six titles were nominated, and the following did not win:

What Kind of Bean Is This Chihuahua?, Tara Jansen-Meyer and Swapan Depnath.

Collectible Spoons Of The 3rd Reich, James A. Yannes.

Afterthoughts Of A Worm Hunter, D. W. T. Crompton.

Governing Lethal Behavior In Autonomous Robots, Ronald C. Arkin.

The Changing World Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ellen Scherl MD and Marla Dubinsky MD.

Below is a list and brief description of some of the award’s most recent winners, including the victorious 2009 title (the reigning champion):

1998 Developments In Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities To Widen The Use Of Straw, Gareth Williams. Description: For the man who has everything.

1999 Weeds In A Changing World: British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64, Charles H. Stirton. Description: Winner was selected after another title, Male Genetalia Of Butterflies Of The Balkan Peninsula, With A Checklist, was rejected as deliberately odd.

2001 Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service, Gerard Forlin. Description: Corporate liability for manslaughter.

2002 Living With Crazy Buttocks, Kaz Cooke. Description: Essays on contemporary culture.

2003 The Big Book Of Lesbian Horse Stories, Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan. Description: I am not sure where to go with this one.

2004 Bombproof Your Horse, Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden. Description: Guide to instilling confidence in horses.

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. Description: Non-fiction sequel to The Sixth Sense.

2006 The Stray Shopping Carts Of Eastern North America: A Guide To Field Identification, Julian Montague. Description: An alternative to bird watching.

2008 The 2009-2014 World Outlook For 60-Milligram Containers Of Fromage Frais, Philip M. Baker. Description: A must for every kitchen.

2009 Crocheting Adventures With Hyperbolic Planes, Daina Taimina. Description: Math and crocheting – the perfect combination.

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