Sometimes when I’m browsing through the shelves of my local bookstore or library, I’ll read a title on a spine that makes me stop and look again just to make sure I read it right. Below are some of the best examples of this that the Internet has to offer. Some are meant to be ironic. Some are completely serious. All are one hundred percent real.
1. Nuclear War: What’s in it for You? by Ground Zero Fund, Inc.
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What indeed. This book is actually out of date (as you can probably tell by looking at the cover image) since it was written during the Cold War. However, it provides all the basic information a reader could possibly need in order to understand the frightening implications of nuclear weapons.
2. Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya
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Believe it or not, this book is actually a bestseller on Amazon, and it is about exactly what it sounds like. I guess a lot of people are interested in felting with cat hair; if your cat sheds a lot, I’m sure it’s nice to be able to put all that fur to use.
3. 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 and Anne Montgomery
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Maybe you are a dog person instead. In that case, don’t worry – there’s a crafting book for you too! Dog hair can also be used to make all kinds of garments and accessories.
4. How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide by Meghan Doherty
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I feel like this should be required reading for the entire human race. It’s illustrated similarly to the original Dick and Jane books, but I’d argue that this book is much more educational. It explains very plainly how to be a decent human being. You really have no excuse to be a dick.
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The book for when your tractor is your life. This essay collection will help you take care of your tractor and will give you a good laugh.
6. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montegue
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I know what you’re thinking: is there a field guide for carts of western North America? Unfortunately, the answer is no, but this book can easily be adapted for other regions. It is thorough with lots of pictures of its subjects in various habitats and a detailed classification system. Much more interesting than bird watching.
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Hopefully you never face a situation in which you or your horse would be bombed. If you are anticipating such an occurrence, then you might need a different book. However, if you are anticipating any number of lesser crises that might confuse or scare your horse, then this book will tell you how to train your horse to be more confident and calm no matter what happens.
8. Cooking with Poo by Poo Saiyuud Diwong
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This is an unfortunate example of what happens when a name just doesn’t sound right to English readers. As you’ll notice, Poo is the name of the author. She runs a cooking school in Bangkok.
9. Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues by Catherine A. MacKinnon
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You might have several ideas as to the subject of this book based on its title. To be clear, it’s actually about human rights and mistreatment of women around the globe, but the title definitely grabs your attention.
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