I was in stitches reading the reviews on Amazon.....you really owe it to yourself if you have a quirky sense of humour.
How to Avoid Huge Ships
|Author||John W. Trimmer|
|Publisher||First edition: National Writers Press
Second edition: Cornell Maritime Press /Tidewater
|Publication date||First edition: 1982
Second edition: 1993
|Pages||First edition: 97
Second edition: 112
|ISBN||First edition: ISBN 978-0881000191
Second edition: ISBN 978-0870334337
Intended for a specialized audience (the captains or operators of small private boats such as yachts and trawlers), the book gives advice on appropriate avoidance actions when confronted by the near presence of a large ship such as a freighter, along with anecdotes and background information such as the capabilities and operating procedures of the large ships.
Bookseller/Diagram Prize and subsequent attentionThe book won the 1992 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year and was used to title the first compilation of prize winners, How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books (2008). The book finished third in The Bookseller's 2008 competition for the oddest book title of all time (behind Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers and People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It).
Beginning in 2000, the book attracted some sarcastic reader reviews at its Amazon.com entry, mostly variations on the theme of "I've always walked into ships when I took my morning jog, but with this book, I don't have this problem anymore". This snowballed into hundreds of such reviews on Amazon.com, and similar reviews on other sites. The book, its prize-winning status, and sometimes its accompanying constellation of odd reviews, was commented on by publications ranging from Cracked to the New York Times. The New York Daily News called it "the best book ever" while Publisher's Weekly conversely called it "the worst book ever".
The Amazon.com price quotes for the book have risen to $300 used, $500 new.
Jimmy Fallon covered the book on his "Do Not Read List" segment of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Alex Horne's first appearance (at the 2000 Edinburgh festival) was with a show titled "How To Avoid Huge Ships". Tribute to the book's title was offered by a short ebook sold by Amazon.com titled How to Avoid Huge Shits (about avoiding stepping in dog waste).
oh my God...
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The title's all you need from that one.
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