And the Oddest Book Title of the Year Is ...

Other contenders included books about chicken sexing, office chairs

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 30, 2012 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – There were plenty of odd book titles last year, such as Estonian Sock Patterns All Over the World and A Taxonomy of Office Chairs. But the winner of the Diagram prize for strangest book title of the year is Cooking with Poo, reports the Guardian. Actually, Cooking with Poo is not as bizarre as it sounds—the "poo" in this case is Thai for crab, and happens to be the nickname of author Saiyuud Diwong, who runs a very popular Thai cooking program in Bangkok.

Other "best" bad titles included The Great Singapore Penis Panic and Mr. Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge. "Given that this year the three most voted-for works contain the words 'poo,' 'sexer,' and 'penis' in the title, it appears that this year's prize will go down in history as a blue year," said Horace Bent, the keeper of the 34-year-old award.

Cooking with Poo has won this year's Diagram prize for oddest book title.
"Cooking with Poo" has won this year's Diagram prize for oddest book title.   (Facebook page for "Cooking with Poo.")
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