The Oddest Book Titles

2010

 

  • 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings, various authors.
  • The Generosity of the Dead, by Graciela Nowenstein.
  • Winner: Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way, by Michael R Young.
  • Myth of the Social Volcano, by Martin King Whyte.
  • What Color is Your Dog?, by Joel Silverman.

 

2009

 

  • The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, by Ellen Scheri, Maria Dubinsky.
  • Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich, by James Yannes.
  • Winner: Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, by Daina Talmina.
  • Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots, by Ronald Arkin.
  • What Kind of Bean is this Chihuaha?, by Tara Jansen-Meyer.
  • Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter, by David Crompton.

 

2008

 

  • All Dogs have ADHD, by Kathy Hoopman.
  • Baboon Metaphysics, by Dorothy Cheney.
  • Christian Texts for Aztecs, by Jaime Lara.
  • Curbside Consultation of the Colon, by Brooks Cash.
  • A God or a Bench, by Anne Betty Weinshenker.
  • Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings, by Kuzhali Manickavel.
  • Living with Dormice, by Sue Eden.
  • Malformed Frogs, by Michael Lannoo.
  • Sketches of Hull Authors, by Reginald Walter Corlass.
  • Strip and Knit with Style, by Mark Hordyszynski.
  • Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring, by Lietai Yang.
  • Winner: The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Frommage Frais, by Philip Parker.
  • The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials, by Erika Doss.
  • The Large Sieve and its Applications, by Emmanuel Kowalksi.
  • The Price of Everything, by Russell Roberts.
  • Toilets that Make Compost, by Peter Morgan.

 

2007

 

  • Are Women Human? and Other International Dialogues, by Catherine MacKinnon.
  • Cheese Problems Solved, edited by PLH McSweeney.
  • How to Write a How to Write Book, by Brian Paddock.
  • I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen, by Jasper McCutcheon.
  • People Who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Doctor Feelgood, by Dee Gordon.

 

2006

 

  • Better Never to Have Been: the Harm of Coming into Existence, by David Benatar.
  • D Di Mascio’s Delicious Ice Cream: D Di Mascio of Coventry – an Ice Cream company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans, by Roger De Boer, Harvey Pitcher, Alan Wilkinson.
  • How Green Were the Nazis? 
- Nature, Environment and Nation in the Third Reich, edited by Franz-Josef Brueggemeier, Mark Cioc, Thomas Zeller.
  • Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium, edited by Robert Anderson, Juliet Brodie, Edvar Onsoyen, Alan Critchley.
  • Winner: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, by Julian Montague, published by Harry N Abrams.
  • Runner Up: Tattoed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan: Magic Medicine Symbols in Silk, Stone, Wood and Flesh, by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov, Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov, Alex Binnie.

 

2005

 

  • Ancient Starch Research, by Robin Torrence and Huw J Barton.
  • Bullying and Sexual Harassment: A Practical Handbook
  • Circumcisions by Appointment; A View of Life in and Around Manchester in the Eighteenth Century, by Roy Westall
  • Dining Posture in Ancient Rome, by Matthew Roller.
  • How to Toilet Train Your Cat: The Education of Mango by Eric Brotman.
  • Introduction to Adult Swallowing
  • Knitting with Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog you Know and Love Than From a Sheep You’ll Never Meet, by Kendall Crolius.
  • Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock, by Geoff Hansen and Chuck Wooster.
  • Nessus, Snort and Ethereal Powertools: Customizing Open Source Security Applications, by Neil Archibald, Gilbert Ramirez, Noam Rathaus, Josh Burke.
  • Winner: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders – and What to Do About It, by Gary Leon Hill, said to have sold 15,000 copies.
  • Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India, by Meera Nanda.
  • Queen Victoria and Ping-pong: Diaries of a Girl a Century Ago, by Gwendolen Freeman.
  • Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa, by Simon Milledge.
  • Scouting for Boys
  • Short Walks at Land’s End
  • Soil Nailing: Best Practice Guidance, by C Dew, B Ozsoy, NJ Wharmby, J Judge, AD Barley, A Phear.
  • Urogenital Manipulation
  • What Bird Did That?: A Driver’s Guide to Some Common Birds of North America, by Burton Silver.

 

2004

 

  • The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox
  • Application of High Tech Squids
  • Winner: Bombproof Your Horse, by Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden
  • Detecting Foreign Bodies in Food
  • Equids in Time and Space
  • Sexual Health at your Fingertips

 

2003

 

  • Winner: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories, by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan
  • Design for Impact: 50 Years of Airline Safety Cards
  • Hot Topics in Urology
  • 227 Secrets Your Snake Wants You to Know, by Paulette Cooper.
  • The Voodoo Revenge Book: An Anger Management Program You Can Really Stick With

 

2002

 

  • The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy: Open Your Mind to Greater Creative Thinking
  • First You Take a Leek
  • Forensic Examination of Rubber Stamps
  • Winner: Living with Crazy Buttocks, by Kaz Cooke.
  • Melons for the Passionate Grower
  • Passing Gas
  • Postmortem Collectibles, by C L Miller.
  • Red-Haired Irishwomen on the Bog
  • Second-hand Parrots: A Complete Owner’s Manual
  • Six-Legged Sex: The Erotic Lives of Bugs
  • Wigglers, Undulators, and Their Applications
  • Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees
  • Women and Integrated Pest Management

 

2001

 

  • The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers: No Paint, No Ink, Just a Hammer!
  • Winner: Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service, by Gerard Forlin.
  • Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself, by Dale Power.
  • The Flat-Footed Flies of Europe
  • Lightweight Sandwich Construction
  • Tea Bag Folding

 

2000

 

  • Did Lewis Carroll Visit Llandudno
  • Winner: High Performance Stiffened Structures
  • Psoriasis at Your Fingertips, by Tim Mitchell, Rebecca Penzer, Gillian Clarke, Jane Taylor.
  • The Sexual Male: Problems and Solutions
  • Wood Carving with a Chainsaw

 

1999

 

  • Betel Chewing Equipment of East New Guinea
  • Good Practice with Violence.
  • Guide to Eskimo Rolling, by Derek Hutchinson
  • Lakeside Car Parks
  • Male Genitalia of Butterflies of the Balkan Peninsula, with a Checklist
  • Procrastination and Task Avoidance: Theory, Research and Treatment
  • Toothpick Culture and Ice Cream Stick Art
  • Winner: Weeds in a Changing World
  • Women and Wasteland Development

 

1998

 

  • Winner: Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders in Supermarket Cashiers;

 

 

1996

 

  • Winner: Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers (In 2008, this also won the prize as the oddest oddest title of the 30 years of competition)

 

1995

 

  • Winner: Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes,
  • Earthworms of Ontario;

 

1994

 

  • Winner: Highlights in the History of Concrete

 

1993

 

  • Winner: American Bottom Archaeology

 

1992

 

  • Winner: How to Avoid Huge Ships

 

1989

  • What do Bunnies do all day?

 

1988

 

  • Winner: Versailles: The View From Sweden

 

1986

 

  • Winner: Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Personal View;

 

1984

 

  • Winner: The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today

 

1983

 

  • Winner: The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling

 

1982

 

  • Winner: Population and Other Problems: Family Planning, Housing 1,000 million, Labour Employment
  • What do Socks do?

 

1981

 

  • Winner: Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances
  • New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers;

 

1980

 

  • Winner: The Joy of Chickens

 

1978

 

  • Winner: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice
  • 100 Years of British Retail Catering
  • 50 New Poodle Grooming Styles

 

Contenders of Unknown Date

 

  • Attractive and Affectionate Grave Design
  • God’s Chewable Vitamin C for the Spirit
  • Gymnastics for Horses
  • Hair Loss for the Next Millennium
  • A Method for Calculating the Size of Stone Needed for Closing End-Tipped Rubble Banks in Rivers
  • Pedagogical Lexicography: A Case Study of Arab Nurses as Dictionary Users
  • Postal Rates in Iceland 1870-1997
  • Stick Making: A Complete Course
  • A Theory of Shopping

 

Just Odd

 

  • Amputation Stumps, Their Care and Aftertreatment, Godfrey Huggins, 1918.
  • Build Your Own Hindenburg
  • Constipation and Our Civilization, by JC Thomson, 1943.
  • Daddy Was an Undertaker, McDill, McGowan, and Gassman, 1952.
  • Explosive Spiders and How to Make Them
  • Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics
  • A Government Committee of Inquiry on the Light Metal Artificial Leg, by Henry Hulme and Chisholm Baird, 1923.
  • Heave Ho, My Little Green Book of Seasickness, by Charles Mazel.
  • Italian Without Words
  • The Lull Before Dorking
  • Monumental Beginnings: Archaelogy of the N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road
  • More Balls Than Hands, by Michael J Gelb (about juggling)
  • Old Age: Its Cause and Prevention
  • On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers
  • Optical Chick Sexing
  • A Pictorial Book of Tongue Coating, 1981.
  • The Punctured Thumb, or, Cactus and Other Succulents, by George Ashley.
  • The Romance of Leprosy, by E Mackerchar, 1949.
  • The Romance of Proctology
  • Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
  • So Your Wife Came Home Speaking in Tongues! So Did Mine!
  • Waterproofing Your Child
  • Who’s Who in Barbed Wire
  • Why Bring That Up? – A Guide to Seasickness, by JF Montague, 1936.
  • The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India

 

In 2008, a book celebrating the prize winners and nominees was released:

Joel Rickett,

How to Avoid Huge Ships: And Other Implausibly Titled Books,

Aurum Press, 2008,

ISBN: 9781845133214.

 

http://people.sc.fsu.edu/~jburkardt/fun/wordplay/title_oddest.html

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