Via Boing Boing, this is my kind of prize!

You can vote for the Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year.

The shortlist:

  • Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter by David Cromptons (Glenstrae Press)
  • Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich by James A Yannes'(Trafford)
  • Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina (A K Peters)
  • Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots by Ronald C Arkin (CRC Press)
  • The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Ellen Scherl and Maria Dubinsky (SLACK Inc)
  • What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua? by Tara Jansen-Meyer (Mirror)

More related posts about the prize over at The Bookseller.


  1. #1 Phillip IV
    February 26, 2010

    My vote goes to entry No. 6.

    Entry No. 4, on the other hand, definitely has the makings of a future bestseller.

    And I envy the author of entry No. 2. Just think how many Internet discussion you could win quickly and decisively with the sentence “I’m the world’s leading authority on collectible spoons of the Third Reich, and that makes your arguments irrelevant!” at your disposal.

  2. #2 Lassi Hippeläinen
    February 27, 2010

    My vote would go to #5, just because of the name of the publisher.

    #2 is just a teaser. If you buy it, you must also buy their books about knives, forks, and pokers.

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