Friday, February 10, 2006

A Literary Contest for the Rest of Us has an interesting literary contest: The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. Here are the contestants:

How People Who Don't Know They're Dead Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It

Bullying and Sexual Harassment: A Practical Handbook

Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa

Ancient Starch Research

Soil Nailing: Best Practice Guidance

Nessus, Snort and Ethereal Powertools

The first title is my favorite. The second is obviously an error in basic literacy. I would hazzard a guess that the book is a handbook on preventing bullying and dealing with sexual harassment, not a guide to nurturing the bully and oaf within us all.

We had a book at our recent Bookfair entitled: CHILD SAFETY TIPS. On the cover was a little girl in a crosswalk-attendant's uniform, holding a STOP sign. The sign preceeded the title so that it seemed to read STOP CHILD SAFETY TIPS. Even the kids got a laugh out of that one.


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