'Knitting With Dog Hair' and other ridiculous book titles

There are tens of thousands of books published each year, and not all of them can bear memorable titles like A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius or To Kill a Mockingbird. Or even Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt’s How to Be Famous. Take the examples above, which are culled from Do-It-Yourself Brain Surgery and Other Implausibly Titled Books. The book compiles the 50 all-time best entries for the Diagram Prize, an annual contest that Britain’s Bookseller magazine has held since 1978 for the oddest book title of the year. By the way, the winner of the 2009 Diagram Prize was The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-miligram Containers of Fromage Frais, a rich and creamy study of the future of dairy product packaging.

Have you spotted any (other) worthy candidates for the prize?

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  • Paulson Tidbits

    Living with Goats by Margaret Hathaway
    !!!PLEASE READ THIS VALUABLE BOOK BEFORE YOU LIVE WITH A GOAT!!!!

  • greg

    I actually own a copy of KNITTING WITH DOG HAIR . . . .

    • Fuego

      Did you knit anything? Please say no. Please say no. :-)

      …wait – please say YES! That is hilarious.

  • Joel Hansen

    I knew a mother and daughter who knitted with their dog’s hair. The dog had just died, too. Kinda sad. No more new materials.

  • Paulson Tidbits

    Living with Goats by Margaret Hathaway
    !!!PLEASE READ THIS VALUABLE BOOK BEFORE YOU LIVE WITH A GOAT!!!!

  • Kerri

    I, too, own a copy of Knitting with Dog Hair. Why is it ridiculous? As the book’s cover says, “Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet!” Think about where that sheep lives (and where your dog lives) the next time you put on a wool sweater.

  • {JeLisa}

    “Knitting With Dog Hair,” huh?

    That is definitely one sweater I would NOT want to be gifted.

  • Jayne14127

    What makes knitting with dog hair any more ridiculous than knitting with sheep’s wool or other animal fibers?

  • jingle

    How rare, what an idea!
    Smart!

  • madesania

    the first book is ridiculous

  • Megan Merriman

    awesome list! I’d love to learn how to identify stray shopping carts.

  • mephisto

    how about “most mundane/boring bloggers of the year” collection?

  • poverty_dieter

    People are funny. Geez! Mephisto….good suggestion. Hope I’m not on that list!

  • Jen

    I’m surprised so many people seem to think a clothing item made out of dog hair is a good idea. I too actually met someone who knitted mittens out of dog hair at church in order to pass the time.

  • Josh

    “The Cult of the Goldfish” by T. C. Roughley.

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