This post isn’t about “the odd book” as in “I have read the odd book or two” but more in the vein of “this book I read is very odd”. Regular readers will know that the Lone Grey Squirrel avidly follows international awards like those for odd and funny scientific research (IgNobel awards) and awards for works of fiction so bad that they are good ( Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest) . I recently discovered a new international award that is equally good at recognising the bad, the ugly and the funny.
It is the “tadaaaaa……” Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year . This annual award goes to the most interesting, weird and unusual book title. Please note that most of these books are serious and well researched literary works but the titles can make our imagination run wild and tickle our funny bones.
This was started during the Frankfurt Book Fair of 1978 and the winner of the inaugural award was “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice”. As funny and as odd as that might seem, as a scientist, I actually studied nude mice. Before you think that nude mice is part of a study on sexual perversion, let me explain that nude mice are actually specially bred laboratory mice with suppressed immune systems used in medical research. Ya….so now you know…….nude mice……try to get that image out of your mind!
Here are a selection of other past winners that made this squirrel chuckle;
The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution (1979)
The Joy of Chickens (1980)
Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts (1985)
How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (1989)
Bombproof Your Horse (2004)
How to Poo on a Date (2013)
And finally, this year’s winner, Too Naked For the Nazis
Finally, here are some other fascinating literary oddities that I scraped together for your edification;