Like weird books?


The Haunted Vagina is just one of the titles featured in Abebooks' Weird Book Room, where you can find such treasures as Bombproof Your Horse, Is Your Dog Gay, The Thermodynamics of Pizza, Do-it-Yourself Coffins for Pets and People, and People Who Don't Know They're Dead.

The funniest thing about many of these books may be the title - my mom owned a copy of The Great Pantyhose Crafts Book, and it was actually kind of useful. Anyway, you can find reviews of many of these books on both Abebooks and Amazon. It turns out a lot of people have actually tried the instructions in Do-It-Yourself Coffins (above). According to one disappointed reader, Michael W. Scheetz,

The poor orientation of wood grain, the cheap plywood, the missing measurements, it all was sad to see. The photos of the staining and finishing show very sloppy work. Even the upholstery work is a shame. I agree with the earlier review that suggests this book is for 7th-8th grade wood shop. If you have any woodworking skills and take pride in your craftsmanship, don't waste your money on this book like I did.

I'm so sorry to disappoint all my readers who (I know) were eager to start building their own coffin. I recommend making a pantyhose puppet instead.

Thanks to mdvlist for the heads up on this.

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Oh, I am so getting "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories" ;-)

And I love some of the comments there. Like this one, on "Bombproof Your Horse":

Misleading! By: Adam Popovich

I spent several hours reading this book, and there is absolutely no information about bombproofing horses, which the title implies. Because of this, I lost my fourth Arabian this month due to horse bandits. If there had been actual info on how to keep my horses from being blown More...
up, I would be able to recommend it highly, but obviously the author is only interested in making a quick buck off of a growing national problem.

I bought The Thermodynamics of Pizza when it first came out nearly two decades ago, and it's still on my bookshelf. The title is indeed odd, but it's actually a very good book by an accomplished scientist.

By Emory Kimbrough (not verified) on 08 Sep 2009 #permalink

I think it was probably _The Amateur Taxidermist_ that made me think of you.