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Birds of South Vietnam

It wasn't the subject of this book that made it weird, but instead when it was published: in 1968, at the height of the war in Vietnam. Not a time when a lot of people were going to Vietnam for bird-watching.

The British author, Philip Wildash, didn't even mention the war, except to obliquely refer to it in the first sentence by saying, "Vietnamese ornithology has long been rather neglected."

Amazon link: Birds of South Vietnam.


Minneapolis Star Tribune - Oct 6, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 22, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Hobbies and DIY, War, Books, 1960s

The Manly Art of Knitting

Written by Dave Fougner and published in 1972. Recently back in print. Available from Amazon.


Dave Fougner is six-foot-two, plays tennis, raises horses and shows them, teaches fifth and sixth grades at Steele Lane School, has real estate and air plane pilot licenses, is married and has a family. His hobby? Knitting!... Dave, a big, genial, friendly man of 28 says, "I like to knit in bed watching television."

Jennifer, his blonde wife, and Christa, their three-year-old, sat in on the interview at the Fougner (pronounced foe-gner) home on Loch Haven Drive. Jennifer laughed and added, "I don't knit."

On a marble table near me (the couple also collects antique furniture, refinishing it when they have some free time) lay a copy of Dave's book, "The Manly Art of Knitting," a picture of him astride Jennifer's beautiful registered Palomino quarter horse, Fore's Dandy, on the cover. You have to look twice before you realize that he's knitting atop the horse...

"One reason I wrote the book was to encourage men to try knitting. There's a doctor in town who knits. It's amazing how many men do but are afraid to admit it..."

And knitting was primarily a man's job before the Industrial Revolution, he said. "Knitting was an art. An apprentice knitter served six years."

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Apr 8, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 21, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Gender, Men, Books

Beyond the Map

Read more here.







Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, World, Books

Do-It-Yourself Coffin/Bookcase

"For $9.95 he'll mail you plans for a do-it-yourself coffin that also works as a bookcase."

I guess when you die your family wouldn't even need to remove the books. Just throw you in there with them.

Oshkosh Northwestern - Mar 23, 1993



Lincoln Star - Mar 23, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 16, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Books, 1990s

Norma Jean Almodovar:  Cop to Call Girl



Her Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 10, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Sexuality, Books, 1990s

The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure

This curious book, compiled and published by the U.S. Government, is a catalog of examples of ethical failure among federal employees. As explained in the intro:

The Standards of Conduct Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel’s Office has assembled the following selection of cases of ethical failure for use as a training tool. Our goal is to provide DoD personnel with real examples of Federal employees who have intentionally or unwittingly violated the standards of conduct. Some cases are humorous, some sad, and all are real. Some will anger you as a Federal employee and some will anger you as an American taxpayer.

Some of the categories of ethical failure include Abuse of Position, Bribery, Conflicts of Interest, Credit-Card Abuse, Financial Disclosure Violations, Fraud, Gift Violations, Travel Violations, Misuse of Government Resources and Personnel, and Time and Attendance Violations.

You can download a word document of the entire book for free from the DoD. Or, you can buy a hard copy from Amazon.

It was last updated in 2015. Can't wait for the post-Trump era edition!

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 05, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Lies, Dishonesty and Cheating, Politics, Books, Ethics and Morals

Neverlasting Miracles

I just received my contributor's copy of this phenomenal book, full of the most gorgeous weird art by my friend Todd Schorr. My part in it was tiny, just a small essay on the art. But I am extremely proud to be connected in any way with this genius work.

A perfect gift for yourself or other weirdos!





Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 17, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Books, Paul

Paperbacks from Hell



For Halloween or Xmas, what could be a better gift? A brilliant art and history book about the crazy-ass horror novel covers of yore?

Read a review here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Horror, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Books, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

Catholic Hipster Handbook

New from Ave Maria Press comes the Catholic Hipster Handbook. According to the publisher's blurb, the book is about "yearning to learn more about the faith by seeking out 'Catholic cool'—overlooked saints, forgotten prayers and feast days, and traditional practices long set aside by mainstream believers."

The book sounds interesting. But it reminded me that four years ago I posted about a Catholic ad campaign to promote Jesus as "the original hipster."

So I detect a weird recurring theme: catholics trying to rebrand themselves as hipsters.




Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 10, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion, Books

Dating for Under a Dollar

Haven't read the book, but I've got a few ideas. Take your date to the Dollar Store and tell her you'll treat her to any one thing. Or take her to McDonald's and tell her she can get any one thing she wants off the dollar menu.

The book itself costs more than a dollar. Available from Amazon.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 02, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Books, Love & Romance

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