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It’s that time of year again, when we’re all invited to decide which book over the past 12 months has been published with the strangest name. That’s right, voting is now open for the 2010 Bookseller / Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. Since 1978, the most weird and wonderful book titles have been honoured in the award, with last year’s prize going to Crocheting Adventures with Hyberbolic Planes (honest – look).

The 66 original submissions were gradually whittled down to a shortlist of six, including Myth of the Social Volcano, Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way and, my personal favourite, 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings. I promise I’m not making this stuff up (I really don’t think you could!).

At the time of writing, it’s the dentists who are leading the field. In case you’re wondering, this is a serious look at how to run a successful dental health practice, using the leadership and empire-building skills of Genghis Khan, the 13th century Mongol leader who doesn’t generally enjoy a good reputation, due to his many bloody conquests.

If you’d like to have your say on this delightfully odd topic, get voting!

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