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There is someone on my bus reading a book called The ABC Of Brainstem Death. Heh. What's your weirdest book?

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zotz
Nov. 9th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Probably "Memoirs of a gnostic dwarf".
pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh, brilliant. Which particular Gnostic dwarf is that, then? There are so many...
zotz
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Peppe, a member of the court of Leo X (Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici).

The publisher's got the first chapter up here, if you're at all interested. Not necessarily work-safe, depending on local policies.
pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Bwah! Certainly...interesting :)
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pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
I've got that! Um, I haven't read it yet, though. Will have to get round to that.
miss_next
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Possibly Hittite and the Indo-European Verb, a title that seems to cause everyone else's eyes to glaze over, even the lively and well-read Jason.

Then again, I have also got a book called Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, which has to win the prize for offbeat catchy titles. :-)
pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, that's quite impressively...specific.

Just looked up the zebras one - looks interesting! And also has Far Side cartoons. Can't go wrong with Far Side cartoons.
lordofthewheel
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
A friend owns the encyclopedia of packaging technology, a 700+ page epic for those of us who just don't get enough out of the basics...
pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, fab! I'm a bit of a dictionary and encyclopaedia freak. I've got a 400-odd page Librarian's Glossary, which I love...
a_pawson
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
This one, which a friend gave me for my birthday. It's titled "A Million Random Digits with 100, 000 Normal Deviates", and is actually a book filled with random numbers.

Apparently in bygone days it was diffificult for mathematicians to obtain truly random numbers, as methods of generating them and verifying their true randomness were very complex and there were no computers. So instead, you could buy them in books, like this one.

It's also published by the Rand Corporation which sort of adds to the geekiness value.
pickwick
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh shiny!
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