We were kind of surprised to find out that there is actually an annual award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year.
But we were absolutely shocked that James A. Yannes’ “Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich” didn’t win this year’s competition. (It came in third place.)
Apparently, British magazine The Bookseller has been hosting the annual Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title since 1978 when the inaugural winner was “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice.”
This year, more than 4,500 votes were cast at the magazine’s website, and the clear winner was – ta da – “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes” by Dr. Daina Taimina.
Runner-up honors went to Tara Jansen-Meyer’s soon to be classic tome, “What Kind of Bean Is This Chihuahua?,” which captured 30 percent of the votes.
Other entries in the Top 10 of the competition included “Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter” by David Crompton, “Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots” by Ronald C. Arkin and “The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease” by Ellen Scherl and Marla Dubinsky.
And, no, we didn’t make up any of this…