16 January 2013

Unusual books

Abe Books has a selection of 145 books in the Weird Book Room.  All of them are for real and for sale.  Go to the link if you might be interested in...
Pets Who Want To Kill Themselves
Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals
Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy
How to Make Love While Conscious
The Practical Pyromaniac
How to Avoid Huge Ships
Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
How to Be Happy Though Married
The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric
The Manga Guide to Calculus
How to Teach Physics to Your Dog


  1. One I encountered recently (while looking for free project Gutenberg books for my kindle) was "Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-Catcher,
    after 25 Years’ Experience" by Ike Matthews

    It is full of wonderful Victorian prose about killing rats. For example:

    "In the first place my advice is—never poison Rats in any enclosed buildings whatever. Why? Simply because the Rats that you poison are Drain Rats, or what you call Black Rats, and you can depend upon it that the Rats that you poison will not get back into the drains, but die under the floor between the laths and plaster, and the consequence is that in a few days the stench that will arise will be most obnoxious. And there is nothing more injurious than the smell of a decomposed Rat."

  2. Well, he's right there!


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