“How to Avoid Huge Ships”

Every year, The Bookseller magazine runs “The Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year”. This year is the Prize’s thirtieth anniversary; to celebrate, they’re running a “Diagram of Diagrams” poll, asking the public to select the oddest of the odd titles that have won the prize over the years.

JRE voted for Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service – which, come to think of it, would make a great title for a John-Grisham-style thriller novel.

1992’s winner How to Avoid Huge Ships is doing pretty well at the moment, with 8% of the vote; 2006’s runaway winner The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification has 6%.

But the current leader by a mile is the gripping People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It (a book James Randi and Penn and Teller would no doubt have a field day with).

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One Response to “How to Avoid Huge Ships”

  1. Kieran says:

    This may apply to more than just this one but “1978: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice” isnt quite as funny when you know that Nude mice are a immune deficient mutant mouse used for medical research. On the other hand someone once said that humour is like a frog – you can analyse it, but it tends to die in the process.

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