Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t - How to Avoid Huge Ships

Last week we showed you a picture claiming to be of a real book called "How to Avoid Huge Ships" and asked "Bull Sh*t or Holy Sh*t?"

 A lot has been written both online and in mainstream newspapers and magazines about whether "How to Avoid Huge Ships" is indeed a real book! Most comentators take the view that it doesn't even exist, or at best its a joke title to a book that isn't really about how to avoid big ships.

While "How to Avoid Huge Ships" is listed on it says it's currently out of stock, and most of the 101 reviews treat it as a joke.

Well, we know it might be hard to believe, but, this is a real book!  Published in 1992 by Cornwell Maritime Press and written by Capt. John W. Trimmer (ISBN: 9780870334337)  "How to Avoid Huge Ships" contains 112 useful pages [Ed: surely "Keep a Watch Out" is all that is needed?], it's a  serious piece of work written for the small boat skipper, especially those taking their boats into areas where large ships pass through regularly.

If you thought "How to Avoid Huge Ships" was an improbable name, you're not alone. In fact it has won the The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year along with such other improbably named books as 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais (winner in 2008) and Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (winner in 2003).

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  1. truth is stranger than fiction

  2. For a minute there I thought this was a book called "How to Avoid Big Shits". I was going to buy it as I have trouble getting away from my brother-in-law at family functions.