Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Legacy of Weird Book Titles

The Bookseller is currently featuring a poll for the Diagram Prize '09 (which, according to the site, is for the "Oddest Book Title of the Year").  Scroll down a ways and you'll see a list of six titles for which you can vote:
The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich
Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots
What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?
Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter
I kind of think this is a pointless prize--who cares about which book has the weirdest title?  That won't motivate me to read it.  Still, it's interesting to see how wide the gamut for titles runs, and it's also interesting to see that my favorite of the titles is currently tied for first place. 

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