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Hedes and Dekes: Celebrating the Bizarre

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Forget judging a book by its cover, the Diagram Prize looks solely at the title. The prize, first awarded in 1978 as a diversion to the Frankfurt Book Fair, goes to the book with the weirdest title. The Guardian reports that books from the medical field are a favorite among judges. This year the BBC announced the prize went to Daina Taimina’s Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes. The book explains how to make geometric models using embroidery.

If this one has you scratching your head, here’s a look at previous Diagram award winners.

1984: Natural Bust Enlargement With Total Mind Power: How to Use the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Bust, Donald L. Wilson

2002: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories, Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan

2007: If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs, Big Boom

–Veronica Wells

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Written by whitney teal

March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

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