This just tickled my funny bone–the Bookseller has a prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year* (now in its 30th year)–and some of the past winners are: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (1978); How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (1989); How to Avoid Huge Ships (1992); Highlights in the History of Concrete ( 1994); and Bombproof Your Horse (2004).
Those titles made me grin. You can see all the past titles here. The titles are spotted and submitted by publishers, booksellers, and librarians around the world.
Want some more fun? You can actually join in and vote for the oddest title from the past 30 years. The winner will be announced on Friday, 5th September, 2008.
To celebrate, Aurum Press will release an illustrated collection of some of the winners and nominees of past years, How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books. It features original jackets of 50 of the best-loved titles since the prize began.
*The formal prize from Bookseller is called Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.
Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.