Oddest Book Title of the Year: The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais

The book The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais was awarded the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, also known as the Diagram Prize, a literary award given to the book with the oddest title. The choice was controversial, since it wasn't written by a human, but instead generated by an "automated authoring invention, which produces a title on the basis of complex internet and database searches."

Of course, you can buy the book from Amazon, but we think there might be a better use for $795. One of the comments on the Amazon page did point out an important fact that might dissuade you from purchasing the book, however:

A 60 milligram container would be 1/16 of a gram, or about 1/450 of an ounce. I can tell you exactly what the market outlook is for 60mg containers of fromage frais - none. There is no market outlook for 60mg containers of fromage frais, for the simple reason that they do not exist.

Previous winners with food-related titles include:

  • The Joy of Chickens (1980),
  • The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today (1984),
  • Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality (1986),
  • Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw (1998),
  • and finally, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (2006).

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