Tuesday February 22nd, 2011

2010’s Oddest Book Titles

genghis-khanThe short list of finalists for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 has been announced. For those of you unfamiliar with the UK-based prize, which has been around since 1978, past winners include timeless gems like Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice, Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw, and The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.

I can’t say any of this year’s finalists please me as much as my favorite of last year, Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots. Here are the six titles on the short list:

8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings
The Generosity of the Dead
The Italian’s One-night Love Child
Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way
Myth of the Social Volcano
What Color Is Your Dog?

You can vote here. Genghis Khan has what looks like an insurmountable lead (depending on how many people have voted already), but I think Welding Symposium is more in keeping with the award’s spirit.