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Weirdest Titles of the Year

February 22, 2013 | by


Forget the Oscars: what we’re interested in is the Diagram Prize, which rewards the oddest title of the year. The shortlist follows; vote for your favorite before March 22 at We Love This Book.

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley

God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, by Tom Hickman

How Tea Cosies Changed the World, by Loani Prior 

How to Sharpen Pencils, by David Rees 

Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts, by Jerry Gagne 

Was Hitler Ill?, by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle




  1. Rise | February 23, 2013 at 1:32 am

    It’s puzzling why the subtitle of “How to Sharpen Pencils” was not included.

  2. Shiela Jane | February 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    And what about “A Lust for Windowsills”?

    Shiela Jane
    The Saltwater Ghost

  3. Keri Peardon | February 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    If I found the Tea Cozy book in a store, I would definitely look through it, just out of curiosity. It might contain just the arcane sort of information that I use to entertain people at parties.

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