Saturday, January 12, 2008

Living with Crazy Buttocks

It’s great when you find something really unexpected. I was spinning some websites this evening trying to find a book about traditional British attitudes to luck and at one point came across this fabulously titled book:

‘Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill-Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity.’

Yes, that is the actual title. The book was written by one Joel Spolsky in 2004 and is published by Apress, USA. That set me to wondering what the worst title for a book would be. So I started trawling through booksellers’ lists. On I found the promising:

Smith, J.R. (1987) The Speckled Monster : Smallpox in England, 1670-1970, with Particular Reference to Essex. Essex Records Office.

But then I discovered that the British trade magazine The Bookseller actually awards an annual prize – The Diagram Prize - for the oddest book title of the year. Among the winners in the last few years are:

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

‘Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa’ by Simon Milledge.

‘Ancient Starch Research’ by Robin Torrence and Huw J Barton.

‘Soil Nailing: Best Practice Guidance’ by A Phear.


‘Bullying and Sexual Harassment: A Practical Handbook’ by Tina Stephens and Jane Hallas.

Previous year’s winners included ‘Bombproof Your Horse’ (winner in 2004), ‘The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories’ (2003), and the slightly scary ‘Living with Crazy Buttocks’ (2002).

Living with Crazy Buttocks? Was it a book about a person whose arse suffered from mental illness? Or a description of life with some Native American chieftain (who had a father with a ‘zany’ sense of humour).

I heartily recommend Bizarre Books by Russell Ash (author of recent bestseller Potty, Fartwell and Knob) and Brian Lake (Pavillion Books 1998)

1 comment:

joelmead said...

I've lived with crazy buttocks for years…