Read any good books lately?

They were probably not one of the following books.
However, someone, somewhere, somewhen, thought enough of the given subject to write a book about it. Even more frightening to think about, is that someone decided there were enough people who would want to read about the subject to bother publishing it!
Listed below are over 150 of the oddest titles I could uncover, with authors, publishers, and copyright date as available. Several of the titles were nominees for the Diagram Prize, a distinction awarded since 1978 by a British magazine for the oddest book title of the year. If they intrigue you, check them out - many are available through! (Highlihgted titles were Diagram Prize winners.)

ARTS and CRAFTS: Creative activities you may not have considered.
  • The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers: No Paint, No Ink, Just a Hammer!; 2001 (QVC)
  • The Great Pantyhose Crafts Book; 1982
  • Woodcarving with a Chainsaw, n.d.
  • Knitting with Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know and Love Than from a Sheep You'll Never Meet, by Kendall Crolius; 2005 (St Martin's Griffin)
  • Strip and Knit with Style, by Mark Hordyszynski; 2008
  • Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, by Daina Talmina; 2008
  • Build Your Own Hindenburg; 1983.
ANIMALS: Discover the amazing world of other species!
  • Gymnastics for Horses; n.d.
  • A Letter to the Man Who Killed My Dog; 1956
  • All Dogs have ADHD, by Kathy Hoopman. 2008
  • Baboon Metaphysics, by Dorothy Cheney. 2007
  • Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (various authors); 1978 (University of Tokyo Press);
  • Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings, by Kuzhali Manickavel. 2008
  • Optical Chick Sexing; 1954
  • The Joy of Chickens, by Dennis Nolan; 1981 (Prentice Hall);
  • Enjoy Your Chameleon; n.d.
  • Performing Goats; 1895
  • Anarexia Nervosa in Bulgarian Bees; n.d.
  • 227 Secrets Your Snake Wants You To Know, by Paulette Cooper; 2004 (TenSpeed Press)
  • The Flat-Footed Flies of Europe; 2001 (Brill)
  • The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories, by Alisa Surkis & Monica Nolan; 2002
  • Bombproof Your Horse, by Rick Pelicano & Lauren Tjaden; 2003
  • Application of High-Tech Squids, by John Braginski & Alex I. Clarke; 2004 (John Wiley & Sons)
  • Fish Who Answer the Telephone; 1937
    • Alexander Graham Bell meets Flipper?
  • Life and Love in the Aquarium, by C.H. Peters; 1934 (Empire Tropical Fish Co)
  • Outwitting Fish (Adams Media Corporation); 2001
    • sounds like an ideal candidate for the "Dummies" series
FOOD: Get your appetite ready!
  • Pernicious Pork; or, Astounding Revelations of the Evil Effects of Eating Swine Flesh; 1903
  • Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality, by Glenn C. Ellenbogen (Editor); 1985;
  • How to Cook Roadkill: Gourmet Cooking; 1987
  • Be Bold With Bananas, by the Australian Banana Growers Council; 1972
  • The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Frommage Frais, by ICON Group 2008
  • Fashion is Spinach; 1938
  • Ancient Starch Research, by Robin Torrence & Huw J. Barton; 2005
  • Our Lady of the Potatoes, by Duncan Sprott; 1995
  • Cheese Problems Solved, by P. McSweeney (ed.); 2007 (CRC)
  • Life and Laughter 'midst the Cannibals; 1926
  • Lightweight Sandwich Construction, by J. M. Davies (Editor); 2001 (Blackwell Science)
  • Tea Bag Folding; 2001 (Search Press)
  • The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, History and Role in the World Today, by C. Anne Wilson; 1983;
CURRENT AFFAIRS: Keep informed so you can hold your own in conversations at your next social mixer.
  • Who's Who in Barbed Wire; 1970.
  • Correct Mispronunciations of Some South Carolina Names; 1981.
  • Manhole Covers of Los Angeles; 1974.
  • Freedom Must Not Stink; 1947
  • Proceedings of the 18th International Seaweed Symposium; 2006
  • Are Women Human? and Other International Dialogues, by Catherine A McKinnon; 2007 (Belknap Press)
  • Weeds in a Changing World (British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64); 1998;
  • The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination, by Alain Corbin; 1986.
RELIGION: Our society's most taboo subject!
  • My Invisible Friend Explains the Bible; 1971
  • Thirty-six Reasons for Believing in Everlasting Punishment; 1887
  • The Baby Jesus Touch and Feel Book, by Linda Parry, Alan Parry (Illustrator); 1995
HISTORY: Learn about events that have shaped our world.
  • The Social History of the Machine Gun; 1975
  • How Green Were the Nazis?:Nature, Environment, and Nature in the 3rd Reich, by Franz-Joseph Brueggemeier (ed.); 2006
  • Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun; 1995.
  • 1587. A Year of No Importance; n.d.
  • Highlights in the History of Concrete, by Slough; 1998 (Cement & Concret Assoc.);
TREATISES: Scholary works on a myriad of topics.
  • Man: The Prodigy and Freak of Nature; 1907
  • The Coming Disaster Worse Than the H-bomb, Astronomically, Geologically and Scientifically Proven. The Coal Beds, Ice Ages, Tides, and Coming Soon, a Great Wave and Flood Caused by a Shift of the Axis of the Earth From the Gyroscopic Action of Our Solar System; 1954. Washington, DC
  •         Sounds like good, light reading material to help lull you to sleep.
  • The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials, by Erika Doss. 2008
  • The Large Sieve and its Applications, by Emmanuel Kowalksi. 2008
  • The Price of Everything, by Russell Roberts. 2009
  • Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them: How to Keep Your Tractors Happy and Your Family Running, by Roger Welsch; 1999
    • One reader states, "This has been one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time."
  • Group 4 Prison Escort Survey: A Survey of Customer Satisfaction; n.d.
  • Constipation and Our Civilization, by James Charles Thomson; n.d.
  • A Sociological History of Excretory Experience: Defecatory Manners and Toiletry Technologies, by David Ingliss (Edwin Mellen Press); 2001
INTERNATIONAL: For the jet-set and the worldly.
  • Gay Bulgaria; 1964
  • Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, by edited by Derek Willan; 1995;
  • On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers, by Kate Marsden, Eric Newby; 2001
  • Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan, by Robert Chenciner 2006
  • Rubbing Along in Burmese, by Anon Simla; 1944 (Directorate of Welfare and Education, Adjutant General's Branch GHQ)
  • Postal Rates in Iceland 1870-1977; n.d.
  • New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People, by Robert S. Desowitz; 1981
    • "Parasites are not only an interesting study objects, but you can write very funny stories about them as well."
DEATH: Along with taxes, life's only certainty.
  • The Practical Embalmer; 1900
  • Sex After Death; 1983
  • Do-it-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and People by Dale Power, Jeffrey B. Snyder; 1997
  • The Generosity of the Dead, by Graciela Nowenstein.2009
  • Public Performances of the Dead; 1865
  • Phone Calls From the Dead; 1979
    • Let's hope that doesn't include telemarketers!
  • The Living Dead: New Identities In The New Age, by John Q. Newman; n.d
  • People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves To Unsuspecting bystanders and what to do about it, by Gary Leon Hill; 2005 (Weiser Books);
  • Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself; 2001 (Schiffer)
HOBBIES: How do YOU spend your spare time?
  • Original Tricks with Cigars; 1927
    • One of Bill Clinton's favorites?
  • Pranks With the Mouth; 1879.
  • Explosive Spiders and How to Make Them; 1881
    • Pyrotechnicist Scoffern shows how to make an artificial spider that, when touched, should go off with a bang.
  • Levitation for Terrestrials - Robert Kingsley Morison, Ascent, 1977
  • The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, by Julian Montague; 2006 (Abrams Image);
CAREERS: Are you bored with your 9-to-5 grind?
  • How to Pick Pockets. A Treatise on the Fundamental Principle, Theory and Practice of Picking Pockets; n.d.
  • How to Throw Profitable College House Parties, by Greg Heitz; n.d.
  • The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution, by Barbara Sherman Heyl; 1979;
  • Amputee Management - A Handbook; n.d.
  • Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way, by Michael R Young. 2009
  • A Toddler's Guide to the Rubber Industry, by D. Lowe; n.d.
  • Careers in Dope, by Dan Waldrof; 1973 (Prentice-Hall)
  • Come Again, Nurse, by Jane Grant; 1960 (Robert Hale)
  • Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service; 2001 (Butterworths);
HEALTH ISSUES: Things your HMO doesn't want you to know!
  • The Benefits of Farting Explained; 1727
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: A Personal View by Henry D. Janowitz (Nov 1985)
  • Living With Crazy Buttocks, by Kaz Cooke; 2001;
  • Old Age: Its Cause and Prevention; 1912
  • Scurvy Past and Present, by Alfred Hess; 1982
  • It's a Gas! A Study of Flatulence, by Eric S. Rabkin, Eugene M. Silverman; 1991
  • Simply Bursting: A Guide to Bladder Control; 1998
  • The Golden Fountain: Complete Guide to Urine Therapy, by Coen van der Kroon; 1996 (Amethyst Books)
  • The Encyclopedia of Medical Ignorance; 1984
  • Is It Hot In Here or Is It Me?: Mastering the Maze of Menopause by Lorraine D'Abate, Nancy Kenyon; 2000
  • Nasal Maintenance: Nursing Your Nose Through Troubled Times by William Alan Stuart; 1983
  • The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy: Open Your Mind to Greater Creative Thinking, by Tom Mopnahan; 2002 (Wiley)
  • Psoriasis at Your Fingertips; n.d.
ANATOMY: Learn about your body.
  • Straight Talk About Surgical Penis Enlargement; 1993
  • Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts, by Donald L. Wilson; 1984;
  • The Secret of Sphincters by Paula Garbourg (Jan 1, 1995)
  • Curbside Consultation of the Colon, by Brooks Cash. 2008
  • The Inheritance of Hairy Ear Rims, by Reginald Ruggles Gates; 1961
  • Whose Bottom Is This? A Lift-the-Flap Book, by Wayne Lynch; 2000
HOW-TO: Valuable instructional manuals - get yours today
  • Teach Yourself Alcoholism; 1975
  • How To Become a Schizophrenic, by John Modrow; 1992
  • What To Say When You Talk To Yourself, by Shad Helmstetter; 1982 (Grindle Press)
    • The two above titles could make a nice boxed set...
  • How to Sh*t in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art, by Kathleen Meyer; 1988;
    • I've actually read a book by Eric Newby! His "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush" is considered a classic of travel writing.
  • How To Avoid Huge Ships, by John W. Trimmer; 1992;
    • One reader: "[This book] has literally saved my life many times while walking down Peckham High Street and Ealing Broadway."
  • How To Write a How To Write Book; 2007
  • How To Abandon Ship; 1942
  • How To Do It; or, Directions for Knowing or Doing Everything Needful; 1864
MEMOIRS: Some people lead interesting lives...
  • Recollections of Squatting in Victoria; 1833
  • Three Weeks in Wet Sheets; 1856.
  • Preserving Dick - Mary D.R. Boyd. Philadelphia, Pa. (Presbyterian Board of Publication); 1867.
    • Richard's dogged determination does not go unrewarded.
  • Camping Among Cannibals - Alfred St. Johnston. Macmillan, 1883.
    • Dangerous exploits by an eccentric explorer
  • Mated With A Clown; 1884
    • My wife keeps promising that she'll write an updated version.
  • How Nell Scored; 1929
  • I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen, by Jasper McCutcheon; 2007 (Nazca Plains Corp.)
  • I Was Hitler's Maid; 1953
SEXUALITY: What would life be without it?
  • Male Sexuality: The Atlantis Position; 1982
  • Teach Yourself Sex; 1951
  • The Industrial Vagina, by Sheila Jeffreys. 2008
  • Wrestling for Gay Guys; 1994
    • For anyone looking to perk up their fitness routine, self-defense, or erotic prowess.
  • Lesbian Nuns, Breaking the Silence, by Rosemary Curb, Nancy Manahan; 1985
  • How I Invented Soft-Core Pornography, by Paul Krassner; n.d.
  • Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual, by Pat Califia; 1989;
  • The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition; n.d.
  • The Sexual Male: Problems and Solutions; n.d.
  • Jilling Off: Women's Masturbation Stories, by Rachel Bussel; 2001
ACTIVITIES: Fun games and other ways to spend your time.
  • Hand Grenade Throwing as a College Sport; 1918
    • The British Library's only copy was regrettably "destroyed by bombing."
  • The Art and Science of Dumpster diving by John Hoffman; 1997
  • Play With Your Own Marbles - J.J. Wright, S.W Partridge, c.1865
  • Heave Ho, My Little Green Book of Seasickness, by Charles Mazel; n.d.
  • Why Bring That Up? - A Guide to Seasickness, by JF Montague; 1936
  • Games You Can Play With Your Pussy - Ira Alterman, Watertown, Mass.: Ivory Tower Pub. Co 1885
  • The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling, by A.I.T. Sielikov, G. S. Nikitin & S. E. Rokotyan; 1982;
  • Big and Very Big Hole Drilling; n.d.
CONTRARY VIEWPOINTS: You can find controversy on almost any subject.
  • The Romance of Leprosy; 1949
  • The Romance of Proctology; 1938
    • "The history and development of this much neglected branch of surgery from its earliest times to the present day."
  • Better Never to Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into Existence, by David Benatar; 2008
  • The Bright Side of Prison Life; 1897
  • The Sunny Side of Bereavement; n.d.
  • Your Friend, The Computer Hacker, by Carolyn Meinel
CHILD REARING: Dr. Spock, step aside for these experts.
  • Children Are Like Wet Cement, n.d.
  • Waterproofing Your Child, n.d.
  • Fishing for Boys - J.H. Elliott, Harrap, 1961
RELATIONSHIPS/MARRIAGE: Helpful words for the ultimate do-it-yourself project!
  • So Your Wife Came Home Speaking In Tongues! So Did Mine!; 1973
  • How To Be Happy Though Married; 1885
  • How To Forgive Your Ex-Husband; 1983
  • How to Cook Husbands; 1899
  • The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives; 1900
  • If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs, by Big Boom; 2007 (Fireside);
    • Sounds like good advice to me!
  • Be Married and Like It; 1937.
MISCELLANEOUS: Some books just defy classification...
  • Not Worth Reading; 1914
  • Girls of the Pansy Patrol; 1931
  • Keeping Warm with an Axe, n.d.
  • The Joy of the Upright Man; 1619
  • Follow Your Broken Nose; 1950
  • The Lull Before Dorking; 1871
  • High Performance Stiffened Structures; 1999 (Institute of Mechanical Engineers);
    • Was this book underwritten by Viagra?
  • My Poor Dick: 1988
  • Destroy all Goo-Goos, by Th. Metzger; n.d.
  • Movie Stars in Bathtubs, by Jack Scagnetti; 1975 (Jonathan David Publishers)
  • American Bottom Archaeology, by Charles J. Bareis & James W. Porter; 1992;
  • Virtual Reality: Exploring the Bra; 1998
  • Reusing Old Graves, by Douglas Davies & Alistair Shaw; 1994;

It has come to my attention that many of the titles listed here can be found in the book, "Bizarre Books", by Ash & Lake. I have not seen the book, so I can not attest to whether they also list copyright dates (which I researched when possible). That book is available at, for more inspired reading.