Random Thursday: Paper Wins, Befuddled Brains, and Starships for No Real Reason

This is a little less cohesive than usual . . . but so am I.

That counts as a theme, right?

Diagram Your Title


Those of you who hail from the UK probably know about the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, but I didn’t until my friend Cha Cha sent me a link.

This year’s winner is above—the competition was fierce:

Tea CoziesWas Hitler Ill?

Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants*

God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis

How Tea Cosies Changed the World

A gallery of former winners is here—I’m particularly tickled by The Anger of Aubergines and Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan, but Rats: for those who care is tough to resist.

And after agonizing over my own titles, I find the weirdness oddly comforting.

Anyone else have a contender for next year’s prize?


Paper—2, Digital—0

My husband sent me this in response to the video I posted last Thursday.

IPAD Swatter

Sure, it works, but you can’t void the warranty on a rolled up copy of the New York Times.

Right, Emma?


A Concise Explanation and Some Sound Advice

John Cleese explains the brain.

Or points to one while talking.

The auto-caption feature was completely befuddled by this—it offered different interpretations each time I played it, and didn’t match what I think he’s actually saying.

But befuddlement is John Cleese’s superpower, so it’s all good.


A Papery Aftertaste . . .

White Whale Ale

I honestly thought this was a Photoshop joke, but when I tried to link back, I found an actual  promotion for a  beer created for Powell’s Books anniversary—brewed with actual pages from Moby Dick.

Then, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but the announcement was posted in November.

And now I have no idea.

I’m not a beer drinker, so if it is true, I think I’ll pass.

But I’m looking forward to trying the Crime and Punishment Russian Standard.

Or a Chekhov cherry liqueur.


Sheer Starship Awesome

Watson hates the song, but I love everything about this fanvid, from the beat to the clips to the way it’s all put together.

Because that’s how I geek.

How many of the clips do you recognize?

(Psst: I’m putting a parental warning on this for language—it’s barely radio-safe,** so listen first, please)


*The celebrity quotes on this book are hilarious.  There’s a sample of them on Amazon.

**I was going to make a “pun intended” joke, but realized being bare is generally safe for radio, Howard Stern notwithstanding, so never mind.