What'll you find at rum.com, van.com, war.com or cat.com?
A more-fun-than-most web quiz from the Mental Flossers
about some of the best domain names and who owns them. [more inside]
It's time again for the greatest literary competition this side of Bulwer-Lytton: The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title
), and YOU can vote here
for your favorite from 'the shortlist':
I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
(scroll down to see the author's blog)
How to Write a How to Write Book
by the author, mostly unavailable)
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
(written by a woman)
Cheese Problems Solved
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
(with extra points for the author's name: Big Boom)
and People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
(this might be declared ineligible since the publisher's cover picture shows a shortened title) [more inside]
The Bookseller/Diagram Prize
is a much sillier award than its name suggests. It is presented annually to the "Oddest Book Title of the Year". Past winners include (partial titles) "People Who Don't Know They're Dead"
, "Bombproof Your Horse"
, "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories"
, and "Living with Crazy Buttocks"
(a must-read for MetaFilter moderators). All past winners here
. TheBookseller.com is currently polling readers for their favorites from this year's long-winded shortlist at the bottom of its frontpage
. Current leader: "Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan" (not available on Amazon!), followed by "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification"
,"How Green Were the Nazis"
and the obviously controversial "Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence"
Remember, books purchased through these Amazon links benefit MetaFilter, not me.