From the 12/03 New York Times:

The Diagram Group’s “Oddest Book Title of the Year” prize has been contested annually since 1978. The award is run by the British trade magazine The Bookseller, and is eagerly voted for by publishers and booksellers. Below are some of the winning titles:

2005: People Who Don’t Know They Are Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It.

2004: Bombproof Your Horse

2002: Living with Crazy Buttocks
1995: Reusing Old Graves

1984: The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today

1980: The Joy of Chickens

and finally, 1978’s winner: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice


  1. Anonymous

    Ok, here are my favorites marmalade, chickens and nude mice . . . I can’t wait to show these to Tyson. Do you think these are the books that show up in the B & N bargain bin, or do they even make it there! Cute dogs, BTW! Jeane

  2. Nat

    “Living With Crazy Buttocks” is by Kaz Cooke. She’s an Australian comedian and writer. I confess I haven’t actually read the book but I’ve heard that it’s hilarious.

  3. Anonymous

    Bombproofing a horse is actually a common term that refers to conditioning a horse so that it is not easily spooked. That’s not funny at all!


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