Record number of submissions for the 2009 odd title prize

<p><em>The Bookseller</em>&#39;s annual Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year award has drawn a record number of submissions, prompting custodian and publishing <em>bon viveur </em>Horace Bent to create a &quot;Very Longlist&quot; for the very first time.<br /><br />Bent, who blamed social networking site Twitter for the rise in suggestions, received a total of 90 submissions&mdash;almost three times as many a last year (32).<br /> <br />Although Bent received a record number of submissions, he expressed frustration at the reciprocal rise in the number of ineligible submissions. He told <em>The Bookseller</em>: &quot;The adage that everyone has a book in them may well be true, but that doesn&#39;t mean every Tom, Dick and Harry out there can bash a few words out on a keyboard and then upload it to Scribd with a humorous title like: <em>The Historic Adventures of the Purple Waffle Iron on His Horse Made of Asparagus</em>, and then think they have a chance at winning my prestigious award. I refuse to ackowledge such submissions&quot;. </p><p> Among those he has rejected from appearing on the &quot;Very Longlist&quot; include: <em>The Sacrosanct Foreskin of Christ in the Cult and Theology of the Papish Church of Berlin</em> <em>(1907) </em>for being too old, and <em>The Religious Psycho Killer&rsquo;s Shit Lis</em>t &mdash; cut for falling foul of Bent&#39;s &ldquo;properly published&rdquo; criteria.<br /><br />Bent has now whittled the competing titles down to a &quot;Very Longlist&quot; of 49 titles, with<em> The Origin of Faeces</em>, <em>Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich</em> and<em> The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin</em> just three of the titles vying for the most coveted award in the publishing industry.<br /><br /><em>Mickey Mouse, Hitler and Nazi Germany</em>, <em>Is the Rectum a Grave?</em> and <em>Peek-a-poo: What&rsquo;s in Your Diaper?</em> also stand a chance of making the shortlist.</p><p>A panel of judges, with Bent as chair, will announce the shortlist on 19th February, at which point the public will be invited to vote on their favourite. The title with the most votes by the closing date (21st March) will be crowned the winner&mdash;to be officially revealed on Friday 26th March.</p><p><strong>The &quot;Very Longlist&quot; in full:</strong></p><p><em>100 Girls on Cheap Paper<br />A Tortilla is Like Life<br />Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology<br />Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter<br />An Intellectual History of Cannibalism<br />Bacon: A Love Story<br />Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 1741-1845<br />Bondage for Beginners<br />Briefs for the Reading Room<br />Budgeting for Infertility<br />Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich<br />Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes<br />Curbside Consultation in Cornea and External Disease<br />Cute Yummy Time<br />Dental Management of Sleep Disorders<br />Father Christmas Needs a Wee<br />Fluffy Little Kitten in Fluffy&#39;s Brother<br />Food Digestion and Thermal Preference of Toad<br />Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots<br />How YOU Are Like Shampoo: For Job Seekers<br />I Stopped Sucking My Thumb&hellip;Why Can&#39;t You Stop Drinking?<br />I&#39;m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears<br />Is the Rectum a Grave?<br />Jokes by the Not So Famous Redneck<br />Map-based Comparative Genomics in Legumes<br />Mickey Mouse, Hitler and Nazi Germany<br />My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit<br />Obama Guilty of Being President While Black<br />Peek-a-poo: What&#39;s in Your Diaper?<br />Planet Asthma: Art and Acitivty Book<br />Plough Music<br />Plug-in Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington?<br />Pride and Prejudice and Zombies<br />Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Bean Conference<br />Schoolgirl Milky Crisis<br />Soft Drink &amp; Fruit Juice Problems Solved<br />Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing<br />The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease<br />The First Home-Built Aeroplanes<br />The Great Dog Bottom Swap<br />The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin<br />The Origin of Faeces<br />The Quotable Douchebag<br />The True History of Tea<br />The Wild World of Girly Men and Masculine Women - And Why Americans Suffer from So Many Other Idiotic Syndromes!<br />Venus Does Adonis While Apollo Shags a Tree<br />What Horses Do For Us<br />What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?</em></p>