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By malcolm Published: March 9, 2007

The following has nothing to do with music, but these are the 2007 nominees for the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for oddest book title.

''The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: a guide to field identification,'' by Julian Montague.

''Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan,'' by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov, Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov and Alex Binnie.

''Di Mascio's Delicious Ice Cream, Di Mascio of Coventry, an Ice Cream Company of Repute, With an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans,'' by Roger De Boer, Harvey Francis Pitcher, and Alan Wilkinson.

''Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium.''

''Better Never To Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into Existence,'' by David Benatar.

''How Green Were the Nazis?''

Those are all fine choices and anything featuring "Tattooed mountain women" is probably worth a look. You can vote here but I think I prefer last year's winner, ''People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It,'' by Gary Leon Hill.

Actually, any of the entries could just as easily be the titles of Fall Out Boy and/or Relient K songs.




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