The Funniest Book Title?
We found a book in the discard stack the other day with one of those memorably wacky titles: Top Notch Surgeon, Pregnant Nurse. It’s so bad, it’s funny. But it’s real; the author is Amy Andrews (and you can look it up). Anyway, it got us to thinking about funny, real book titles. A bit of research turned up some howlers. Here’s my choice of the top 20 funniest book titles I’ve discovered, all real published books, with my very favorite at the end:
Cheese Problems Solved – P.L.H. McSweeney
The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories – Alisa Surkis
The Potatoes of Bolivia – J.G. Hawkes
How to Avoid Huge Ships – John W. Trimmer
Reusing Old Graves – Douglas Davies
Walled Up Nuns & Nuns Walled In – Lancelot Holland
Bombproof Your Horse – Jack Pelicano
Harnessing the Earthworm – Thomas J. Barrett
People Who Don’t Know they’re Dead – Gary Leon Hill
How Green Were the Nazis? – Franz-Josef Bruggemeier
Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them – Roger Welsch
Weeds in a Changing World – C.H. Stirton
Across Europe by Kangaroo – Joseph Barry
Drilling a Straight Hole – Nancy Janicek
Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers – (author not listed, perhaps for good reason)
How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler
How to Write a How to Write Book – Brian Puddock
The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America – Julian Montague
Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies for Dummies – Christopher Hodapp
And now — drum roll please — my choice for the funniest title:
Cooking with Pooh.
Think about it for a moment. It’s a Winnie the Pooh cookbook from 1995 whose title suggests something altogether different from what the publisher intended. The cooking results from this might be low-fat, but I’m guessing all the food tastes like …. well, you know what.
Please feel free to add your favorites, but only real book titles, please.