- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312082509
- ISBN-13: 978-0312082505
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,481,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frog Raising for Pleasure and Profit and other Bizarre Books Hardcover – 1985
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Top Customer Reviews
Conveniently grouped into chapters such as Double Entendres, Science & Scientific Theories, health & Medicine, Sex & Marriage, Sport, Leisure, Clothes & Fashion, Food & Drink, The Workplace, Crime & the Law, Religion & Beliefs, and Death , most of the titles included in this book are genuinely funny. For some of the more baffling titles, the authors include a representative short excerpt, a welcome feature.
This book is not for everyone. But if you have a penchant for the offbeat, the quirky, and obscure weirdness, it's good for more than a few belly-laughs.
It would be remiss of me not to include a few of my favorite entries:
* The Art of Faking Exhibition Poultry (1934), by George Ryley Scott.
The author treads an indistinct line between condemning this widespread and despicable practice, and telling the reader exactly how to do it.
* Correctly English in 100 Days(Shanghai Correctly English Society, 1934)
This book is prepared for the Chinese young man who wishes to served for the foreign firms. It divided nealy hundred and ninety pages. It contains full of ordinary speak and write language.....
* Was Oderic of Pordenone Ever in Tibet?, by Berthold Laufer (1914)
* The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum, by Wallace Irwin (1901)
'Am I a turnip? On the strict Q.T.,
When do my Trilbys get so ossified?
Why am I minus when it's up to me
To brace my Paris pansy for a glide?Read more ›
My friend never received it. I kept it. You can't let such an odd, funny, and unique book leave your hands. Each page provides insight into strange obsessions and peculiar beliefs that have grabbed writers. Some celebrate taboo lifestyles (The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution; Scalping in America) while others document extreme optimism ( You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin, Thirty-six Reasons for Believing in Everlasting Punishment) and lots of dry British humor (Books in Bottles: The Curious in Literature, and a blank book of 400 pages titled What Women Know About Men.)
An instant classic for book collectors and bookstore owners.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got as a gift; Fun at first, but its basically just a catalogue of titles and while they are amusing, the jokes get very old very quickly.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cindyash
Really fun, lots of laughs. Was a gift, and the recipient couldn't put it down.Published 8 months ago by Hedgehoggy
Its not exactly what I expected but still interesting. I expected it to have the old books inside 1 book. Instead its just little parts and tittles of the weird old books.Published 18 months ago by Dora Kelsey
Not what I was expecting. It's more of a catalog of other books.Published 23 months ago by AZ Ghost Hunter
This is a very interesting book. It's like a book of books I would like to read lol. I definatly recommend it.Published on January 23, 2014 by Angie Guzman
A collection of published works from the past century and a half, that is, well, BIZARRE. Makes a good bathroom reader, and also makes the reader think about how many people made... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by DRYWASHER-BILL
its a book about other strange books
so what did I do? I ordered some of the books mentioned in this one...on Amazon of course! Read more