Friday, March 16, 2007

bombproof your horse

Last week the shortlist of contestants in the Oddest Book Title of the Year award came out. The books are a) How Green Were the Nazis?; b) Di Mascio’s Delicious Ice Cream: Di Mascio of Coventry: An Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans; c) The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification; c) Tatooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan; e) Proceedings of the 18th Annual Seaweed Symposium; and e) Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence.

You can vote in a poll for your favorite here.

Here are the previous winners. You got a favourite? I think mine is “Living with Crazy Buttocks,” but “The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling” seems an essential read.

Diagram Prize Winners
• 2005 People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It
• 2004 Bombproof Your Horse
• 2003 The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
• 2002 Living with Crazy Buttocks
• 2001 Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service
• 2000 High Performance Stiffened Structures
• 1999 Weeds in a Changing World
• 1998 Development in Dairy Cow Breeding and Management: and New Opportunities to Widen the Uses of Straw
• 1997 The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition
• 1996 Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
• 1995 Reusing Old Graves
• 1994 Highlights in the History of Concrete
• 1993 American Bottom Archaeology
• 1992 How to Avoid Huge Ships
• 1990 Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
• 1989 How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
• 1988 Versailles: The View from Sweden
• 1986 Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
• 1985 Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts
• 1984 The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today
• 1983 The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling


Anonymous said...

Love these, Sarah. Did you make them up?!? My fav is "Reusing Old Graves".


SarahJane said...

Hi Johanna -
No - it's a real award!

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Those are great!

Thanks foe the post.

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