Cooking with Poo and Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World are just two of the bizarre books up for the prize of the oddest book title of the year.

However, in its native Thailand the title of the cook book by Saiyuud Diwong is not as strange as it sounds, as ‘Poo’ means ‘Crab’ and is also the chef’s nickname.

Aino Praakli’s book on socks is also shortlisted alongside The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson, which details the ‘Koro’ psychiatric epidemic that hit the island of Singapore in 1967.

Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh is also in the running for the odd accolade.

The book tells the story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, The Mushroom in Christian Art and A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two are also among the favourites.

Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s diarist and the custodian of the prize, said: ‘Never has the debate raged so fiercely as to which books should be put forward for the shortlist.’

He revealed that this year’s titles were so strong that a shortlist of seven was named, rather than the traditional six.

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Sunday Weird Round-up 26 February 2012

On February 26, 2012, in Sunday Roundup, by Weird

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Insurance claims woman is dead, when she’s not

Mass. toy store gets liquor license

Teenager spots parents at sex club in TV show about swingers

Group calls for closure of Heart Attack Grill

Old bill gets paid in Murray, business closed, money goes to hospice fund

Australian chef Andy Wrobel batters world record for tallest pancake stack

Dirty surgical instruments putting patients at risk

Will Chatham has been saving all his toenail and fingernail clippings since 1983

Woman attacks ex-husband on eBay

Faster Than Light, Or Just A Faulty Cable?

Poll: Tooth Fairy leaves an average of $2.10

Bookmaker criticised over ‘transgendered ladies’ ad

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Ninja cat survives being shot between the eyes

35 percent of British adults sleep with bear

Woman sends dog for euthanization, learns dog is alive with new owner

Lucky the penguin gets custom-made shoe

Ad: ‘Nurses wanted, must be hot’

Homer Simpson’s favourite drink Duff beer goes on sale in the UK

98-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Eviction from Her Own Son

Five-year-old boy lives as girl in youngest case of Gender Identity Disorder

Temporary home needed for 30,000 books

Farmer offers to take in unwanted peafowl

Three fundraisers to cross India in rickshaws – dressed in Spandex suits

Is There a New World’s Shortest Man?

Passport problem strands family in Dallas

Why Are so Many Kids Changing Sexes?

‘Boobs for Beads’ contest not tacky: Organizer

New Car Smell” Could Be Bad For You: Study

Futuristic dome home pops up at the bottom of rural Romanian mountains

World’s largest dog fur ball

Fed Up With Menu, Students Stage Lunchroom Boycott

Girls with College Degrees Tricked Into Sex Work

Britain’s smallest calf sleeps indoors in basket and has two dog best friends

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Sunday Weird Round-up 19 February 2012

On February 19, 2012, in Sunday Roundup, by Weird

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Going vegan makes you so good you’ll injure your girlfriend

Bird rescuer forced to give up aviary after developing allergy

Woman gets kidney from hubby’s mistress

Airline passengers ride in toilet

Boss’ dog uses building as a toilet

Irish farmer uses buried Ford Cortina as septic tank

Researchers identify hottest chile pepper

Happy ending for Elvis the elk

The Chimpanzee that can solve puzzle in blink of an eye, remember numbers Faster than you

Fight Breaks Out During Church Funeral

Multimillionaire taken to mental hospital after blowing $20MILLION on trinkets at New York gift fair (including $1.6millon on SOAP)

New TV channel is strictly for the dogs

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Couple wed at local Walmart

Sweeper truck becomes stuck in tree

Manitoba denies memorial for dead cows

Student quits choir over Islamic song praising ‘Allah’

Thousands of crows invade town

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Electric cigarette explodes in man’s mouth

Bank tells credit rating firms man is dead

Drake rescues duck from plastic beer can holder

UK politician walks long way for Olympic truce

Valentine’s gift blamed for Calif. power outage

Hello Kitty restaurant, theme park, hotel and maternity suite

Ken Livingstone says gay bankers who go to Dubai risk having their penis chopped off

13 Feet Tall Alien Makes Big News In Italy

Men shout their love in Tokyo park for Valentine’s Day

Man makes tank out of egg cartons

Woman sends coherent texts while asleep

Dog adopts six wild boar piglets

Ohio high school paying kids to show up, do work

‘Woolly Mammoth’ Video a Hoax, Original Footage Proves

Florida only state in US with an official chef

High School Football Coach Resigns After Accidentally Posting Inappropriate Picture On Facebook

Bear hibernates in drain tunnel

Dormouse saved after walking into tea shop

Duck feathers and human hair in fast food

Big sister helps deliver baby on way to hospital

Carol visits mum’s plot…and finds funeral party about to bury someone on top of her

NYC newsstand inches too close to building

On Valentine’s day, a museum for broken hearts

Wedded bliss for penguin couple

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Car Crashes Through Home For The Fifth Time

Thailand Airlifts Condoms to Monsoon Victims

Dad shoots daughter’s laptop

Girl plays tag and takes walks with six-foot moose

Pillow Fight Held Outside SJ City Hall

Man in underpants criticised for crawling over frozen river to rescue dog

Turn your house into a billboard

Israeli fans beg PM to hold off Iran attack over Madonna show

Rapunzel number helps scientists quantify ponytails

Fame hungry cat becomes an online sensation as he reinvents film scenes

Woman sets underwear world record

Ky school officials say bedbugs at school a hoax

Going Bald? Get Your Head Tattooed

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Sunday Weird Round-up 12 February 2012

On February 12, 2012, in Sunday Roundup, by Weird

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Rhino Dies During Anti-Poaching Demo

Labrador eats plastic frog and plastic cow in space of six weeks

Time capsule contents disappoint some

Restaurant sells Valentine’s ‘Salamigrams’

Kindergarten homework pictured gun

Panda Poo: World’s Most Expensive Tea

Storm over video of boy made to run near-naked through New York snow

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Plane crashes into house on Rubby Duck

Don’t try this at home — or elsewhere!

Nutty Family Plans Frugal February

Six-foot leopard-type-creature caught on camera in Gloucestershire

Bull testicles pie to give couples the horn on Valentine’s Day

Huge-breasted model’s 38KKK chest acts as airbag

Repairman saves choking baby

Chinese zoo announce special cross-species Valentine’s Day wedding

Mom in central China gives birth to 15 pound baby

Nuns angry about new strip club neighbor

Woman learns to love giant pet pig

Runners race to top of Empire State Building

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“Simpsons” Dolls Banned in Iran, But Spider-Man Okay

University Sells Morning After Pill In Vending Machine

Iceland Is So Inbred It Needs a Website to Avoid Incest

Neighbors’ garage door openers all quit

Scratch and sniff jeans smell of raspberries and can be worn for months without washing

Farmer marches hundreds of ducks along motorway

Swastika flowerbed leaves council of sleepy Somerset village red-faced

Buggsy the tortoise found stuck in fence after five-month search

In the dog house: Drop your pooch off at the locker before you shop

Ship with stomach virus outbreak sets sail

George Clooney lookalike winner looks nothing like George Clooney

TV news anchor bitten by dog during live broadcast

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Swift And Cheap: Welcome To The Divorce Hotel

Mustache film festival to be held in Maine

Man learns casino losses not deductible

Lovers Turn to DNA Underwear Test to Uncover Cheating

New Yorker Seeks $900,000,000,000,000 Settlement Over Placement Of Her Kids In Foster Care

Baby has lucky escape after pram rolls onto train tracks in Australia

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Ice not thick enough for Dutch skating marathon

Indian snake charmers ‘held photographer captive’

Mum tells Westwood to say sorry for swearing

Lizard survives 3,500 miles in suitcase and full cycle in washing machine

Man steals Airplane, takes it for a joy ride, what could possibly go wrong?

Britons too cynical to accept genuine offer of goodwill

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Army’s New Weight-Loss Plan: Transplant Soldiers With Extra Fat

Little fella squeezed inside vending machine and shared out all the toys

Indonesian train roof riders to face gauntlet of putrid goo-soaked brooms

Councils say revealing their top earners would be ‘too expensive’

US paper fires photographer for manipulating pictures of herons

Werewolf sisters afflicted by rare genetic mutation

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Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Two-faced kitten born in Florida

Man To Fight 50 People In One Night

Students at a number of schools around Massachusetts recognized “No Name Calling Day.”

Recycling workers recover lost wallet

Brewing formula from 1825 lets you make your own beer for just 11p

Texting bans not limited to cars anymore – bike texting now banned too

City crews uncover Cold War fallout shelter

UK woman finds dirty false fingernail in Supermarket sandwich

Teen Dies After Jumping From Mother’s Moving Car

Elderly couple have oldest toaster in U.K.

Chernobyl tours offered to Euro 2012 fans

President Obama Invited to Perform on American Idol

Second ‘Sunken UFO‘ Claim Doesn’t Hold Water

Lady tells the future by looking at asparagus tips

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Deer Runs Into School, Knocks Student Down Before Escaping

Congressional investigators pretend to be pale teenage girls

Bad Economy Forces Welfare Agency Hiring Spree

Student goes 90 days without cellphone

China bans toddler palm-reading assessments

Nintendo-playing centenarian says video games are secret to youth?

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Pair in third naked pedalo Atlantic crossing bid

Sex shop delivers toys within an hour

Monkey Owners hiding out in Texas

Moose emergency‘ concern in Alaska

Albatross found in LA freed to fly home to Hawaii

Top Totty beer removed from Parliamentary bar after complaint

Taiwan creates stamps with flower smells

Lose fat for Jesus, pastor urges

Forest Service to Jesus: You can stay — for now

Bill would make Toto’s breed, cairn terrier, Kansas state dog

Rescuers pull deer out of well

Peru doctors to remove “parasitic twin” from boy

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Man who became unwitting amputee in health ad’s altered photo worried it may affect his acting career

Wedding traffic jam as married couples rush to park to take picture

Woman offers kidney to get son a job

Record executive leaves $1.5 million to driver, doorman

Actor commits suicide after dog’s euthanasia

Breading‘: The bizarre new internet cat craze causing a stir online

“I’ve slept with 1,000 men so far – I don’t care if people judge me!”

Snakes wintering in wine chiller

Pub landlord suspended for serving pints too full of beer

Woman buys two rats, soon has 71

Children set new world record by dressing up as Mahatma Gandhi

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Sunday Weird Round-up 29 January 2012

On January 29, 2012, in Sunday Roundup, by Weird

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Woman with Two Vaginas Gets $1 MILLION Porn Offer

Zebra Bites Girl at Texas Safari Park

Muslims Rescue Bagel Shop And Keep It Kosher

Solar panels fitted facing away from the sun

Chinese blogger rescues 1,137 dogs intended to be killed for food from back of truck

Zoo cleaner knits woollen dolls based on colleagues

Radio Times forced to apologise after soldier has his private on parade

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Dwarf-tossing contest at strip club not illegal

Storage unit held grandma’s remains

Donations pour in for evicted 101-year-old

Unidentified haggis causes security meltdown in Scottish railway station

Church gets $12K to fix former strip club

Moby Dick toilet paper goes up for auction on eBay for a whopping £650

Man fighting to regain his 22 cats after seizure

World’s Largest Island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island Seen on Google Earth

Bizarre skin disease causes ‘great deal’ of suffering

Good Samaritan Electrocuted After ‘Alcohol-Related’ One-Car Accident

Poachers threaten rare wild-growing Venus flytrap

Doctors: breast implant prevented stabbing death

Donkey Semen and urine makes NBC execs hot

Mom tells daughter, 7, she’ll grow up to be a stripper

Unruly bar patron left kids home with ‘God’

Husband and wife married 73 years die within hours of each other

Mexican Police Engage in UFO Chase

High School Coaches Fired After Team Photographed In Bar Wearing Bras, Panties

Man ‘spots dead mother’s ghost‘ in guesthouse photo

Divers find large, unexplained object at bottom of Baltic Sea

Sex-ed game featuring penis-armed ‘Sperminator’ sparks controversy

Hong Kong Residents Are Dogs and Thieves

Mounties tackle case of mystery headstone

Elephant gets contact lens

TV Magician Saws Off Finger

Man jokes after nail removed from his brain

Abused three-legged dog learns to surf

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