Cooking with Poo, Chicken Sexing and Mushrooms: Oh my!

Funny, every time I think I've matured it quickly becomes obvious I haven't. I can keep a straight face only so long, then BAM! Away it goes again. And of course when I get in this mood the chances an editor will pop by, to check out my writing before offering me some tasty assignment, double. You've never seen publishing professionals move so quickly as when fleeing my blog.



This is the winning title for the auspicious Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year!

And a fine book it is, I'm sure. Sadly, it doesn't appear to be on sale at Amazon; you'll have to look elsewhere if you enjoy your poo cooked. And who doesn't?  Waste not, want not, as they say.

[You'll probably be relieved to know "poo," in this case, is Thai for "crab."]

[I know I was.]


From article –


"Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh is considered a worthy entry.

The book is the story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs and The Mushroom in Christian Art are also among the favourites.

Previous winners of this prestigious literary award include: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships and Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way.

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes and the Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich have also been awarded."


Couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Not really sure that's a bad thing.








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