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5 Book Titles that Sound Too Crazy to be True

Updated on February 12, 2017

What's on a Cover?

The common English idiom, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, is a metaphorical term meaning that something should not be judged by its physical appearance. However, when it comes to marketing books, a title is essentially the cover and is what attracts readers.

Let’s face facts, a good title will always draws attention much the same way a hub title will attract its target audience. Unfortunately, some book titles are quite frankly – insane.

Listed below are 5 book titles that may seem crazy and will have you questioning the author’s sanity and guess what the publisher's were thinking.

What's Your Poo Telling You?

This poopy title was written by Josh Rickman and Anish Sheth with illustrations by Peter Arkle and basically tries to decipher what your poo is trying to tell you. It takes a witty and pooperish approach to explaining the great mystery that is poo.

The book was first published in 2007 by Chronicle Books and is classified as a medical book (with a poopy sense of humor).

(I think the title should be changed to ‘Never judge a poop by it’s…’)

Zen of Farting

The book title smells like poo too, but it’s more calming.

Now, I know farting does have soothing effect on the bowels, but Carl Japiske does seem to have a farting sense of humor when he writes under the pseudonym Reeper Gud Wan.

According to the book description, Reeper was a Taiwanese Buddhist monk who was frustrated by his desiples’ inability to grasp the concepts of Buddhism and thus, as a joke, invented the Zen of Farting.

He was confident that his pupils would realize the joke and have a good laugh. Unfortunately, it only created a new movement of students wanting to learn this new form of Zen.

This book was published in 2003 by Frog Books and has had great reviews on Amazon.


Games You Can Play with Your Pussy

Hold on! Before you start getting ideas, let me make it absolutely clear – it’s not what it sounds like.

The title is just the first half, the other reads “; And Lots of Other Stuff Cat Owners Should Know”.

This hilarious and humorous title was written by Ira Alterman and will leave cat owners and others crazy with laughter.

The book was first published by in 1985 by Ivory Towers Pub. Co and has 47 pages of entertainingly perverse humor.

Castration: The Advantages and Disadvantages

This title sounds painful but according to the book, this 15 minute procedure can actually increase your life expectancy by thirteen years, cure prostate cancer and improve your body’s immune system.

The author retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Victor T. Chenney spent twenty five years researching into castration treatment and has had the treatment for prostate cancer (I wonder if this guy is related to Dick Chenney).

First published in 2003 by AuthorHouse, the 344 page book is a healthy expose on the life changing, irreversible procedure.

It would be an ideal gift for anyone suffering from prostate cancer.

Better Never to Have Been

This title sound depressing and might actually do you more harm than good.

The book argues on some highly provocative views like coming into existence is harmful and why it is wrong to have children.

The book was written by South African philosopher David Benatar and was published by the Oxford Press in 2006.

Personally, I think the title itself sounds too depressing for me.

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Titles Can Make or Break a Book

Book titles are the most important aspect of a book especially when it comes to marketing. People tend to judge a book by the title so it is something that author’s put a considerable though into (some not so much).

You might find some not as crazy but then it all depends on how you look at it.I hope you enjoyed the 5 crazy titles listed and remember, 'don't judge a book by it's cover' and never judge a book by its title either.


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  • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

    Ian D Hetri 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

    Excellent selection Ben. Good write up......

  • bernard.sinai profile image

    Bernard Sinai 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

    :-) Maybe I should send her a list.

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    Kelly Capozzi 5 years ago

    Ellen does a segment on her show about funny book titles. Wonder what she would think of these? haha

  • Suzie ONeill profile image

    Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

    Wow... it make syour wonder what the publisher's were thinking when they approved some of these titles! LOL