I have no idea how I even came across this random, yet completely funny, tidbit. But there are people you search novel titles, finding odd (and sometimes extremely funny) titles. Then they narrow it down to one and hand them an award called:
The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.
I'm not kidding. Heck, if you can't get a literary award for your writing, maybe shoot for having the oddest title.
Keep in mind, though, titles that are believed to be purposefully made up to be funny or odd will be disqualified. So you would have to go about this carefully. Most won out of sheer dumb luck; they weren't even trying.
Last years winner (2010) was this lovely book -----> Don't we all want our dentists to have a Genghis Khan approach to dentistry? I sure know I do! Actually, the book discusses the way to manage a dentist practice much the way Genghis Khan lead his band of warlords. Not actually terrorize your patients and yank out teeth with swords while screaming in their face. But still.
A few other winners include the following:
--1979 Winner "The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution"
--1980 Winner "The Joy of Chickens"
--1983 Winner "The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling"
--1986 Winner " Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality"
--1992 Winner "How to Avoid Large Ships"
--2003 Winner "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories"
--2004 Winner "Bombproof Your Horse"
--2006 Winner "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification"
The Diagram Prize receives a lot of publicity each year. Not to mention all the attention the winning book receives. There have only been two years in which an award was not given due to lack of odd book titles. If you want to see more, click the link above.
Personally, these titles, though not winners, are pretty darn funny too: