February 20th, 2010

kitsch, gimics

Lethal Behavior of Chihuauas with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Crocheting Worms with Spoons

I don't pay much attention to most awards and prizes that various industries give out for things along the lines of "showing the most potential to put one foot in front of the other and walking to the other side of the room", but one of the ones I do enjoy following is the Diagram prize for the oddest book title of the year.

How can you not love a prize that recognises the shere genius of titles such as "Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice", "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification" and "Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers".

And so I was pleased to discover earlier this week that the 2009 shortlist is now out.

They are (with links to amazon so you can buy your own copies of all of them):

This clearly calls for a poll...

Poll #1527909 Diagram Prize 2009

Which title should win the 2009 Diagram Prize?

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