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And the Funny Book Titles of the Year Are…

Ever since Bookseller magazine praised the book "Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice" in 1978, its Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year has rewarded the weirdest international book titles. Here are some contenders from the 2013 short list.

1 / 5

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop and Other Practical Advice in Our Campaign Against the Fairy Kingdom

by Reginald Bakeley
(Officially selected as the oddest book title of 2012)

2 / 5

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, Civil Servants with Illustrations Showing Current Practice

by David Reese

3 / 5

How Tea Cosies Changed the World

by Loani Prior

4 / 5

Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts

by Jerry Gagne

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