The Oddest Book Title of the Year

24/02/2012 by Stacey Bartlett

The shortlist for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is here, and you can decide the winner

In the 34 years of the Diagram Prize’s existence, some weird and wonderful titles have won the crown, including last year’s winner Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way, and previous winners: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships and High Performance Stiffened Structures.

The shortlist for books published in 2011 is:
 
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two – The Welsh Coast

by Peter Gosson 

Documents the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, focusing on the Welsh coast.

 
Cooking with Poo

by Saiyuud Diwong
Thai cookbook. “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is chef Diwong’s nickname.
 

 
Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World

by Aino Praakli 
Sock and stocking styles in Estonian knitting.
 
 
The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria

by Scott D Mendelson 
An analysis of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit the island of Singapore in 1967.
 

 
Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge
by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh 
The story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.
 

 
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

by Jonathan Olivares

Exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.
 

 
The Mushroom in Christian Art
by John A Rush

Theorises that Jesus is the personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita Muscaria.
 
 
Vote here for the winner.
 
For a full list of each year's Diagram Prize winner (except for two years when it was decided that none were quite odd enough), visit its Wikipedia page.
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