Inappropriate children’s book covers

Where it doesn’t descend into bad poop jokes (the good poop jokes are funny), this collection of photoshopped book covers has its moments.

I like this one: it’s the book Brockman told Dawkins that he’d never get published, because it’s too controversial — although, of course, it would probably provoke exactly the same cries of outrage his last book did, for exactly the same reasons.


This book, on the other hand…what’s inappropriate about that? I want to own this!



  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 28, 2008

    But… “fish”? On the cover of a cladistics textbook?

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 29, 2008

    So cladistics is to Linnaean taxonomy as online catalog/Library of Congress systems are to the Dewey Decimal System?

    No, cladistics is a method of phylogenetics (how to reconstruct a phylogenetic tree), not of classification. The Wikipedia article is trash.

  3. #3 Dear Liza (aka ????????)
    February 29, 2008

    Brownian, you might explain that cultural reference to dear Mr. David. :-D

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 29, 2008

    (I write partially in jest. It’s a large article, and you probably don’t have the time to give it the overhaul that it needs. Someone should fix it, and I can’t.)

    I agree that it is morally questionable to complain about Wikipedia. I left a comment maybe half a year ago on another talk page (probably that on phylogenetic nomenclature, which I created… and where I sorely need to bring the reference list into some kind of shape…) that I would one day rewrite the article. But as you write, it’s a large article… and I’m already supposed to do between 5 and 10 other things, as opposed to reading Pharyngula… So all I can do at the moment is warn people to ignore it.

    You mean not everyone has been exposed to the exact same cultural and historical references as me?

    Actually I know that one. The tune, anyway. I have no idea what the original text is or what language it is in (I didn’t follow the link in comment 65). On the other hand, Dr Seuss has never been on TV or on paper over here :-)