Monday, February 22, 2010

Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich

Guy alerted me to this funny news story today. I love the juxtaposition of nazis with collectible spoons--it's so tone deaf! Like, "Yeah, yeah, we've all heard about the concentration camps--but have you seen these amazing spoons?" There's something so wrong about that. Although I have to admit, it does make me curious. What's so special about those spoons?

While the idea of owning Nazi memorablia is a little too creepy, I would like to own some souvenirs from the French Resistance:

LONDON – Worm hunters, lethal robots and Nazi spoons are in the running for Britain's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for year's oddest book title.

The six finalists are "Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter;" "Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich;" "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots;" "The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease"; "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes;" and "What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua?"

The shortlist, announced Friday, was narrowed down from 90 entries, including "The Origin of Feces" and "Bacon: A Love Story."

The Diagram Prize was founded in 1978 and is run by trade magazine The Bookseller. The winner, decided by public vote, will be announced March 26.

Previous champions include "Bombproof Your Horse" and "Living With Crazy Buttocks."


  1. Unfortunately for them, the Resistance couldn't be the kind of movement to spend a lot of time making souvenirs... "It vas ze collectible thimble zat gave you away, Herr Remy!" "D'euh!"

  2. ahahahha! Good point!

    And what about the commemorative t-shirts: "JE SUIS DANS LA RESISTANCE" and "I Was a Member of the French Resistance and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt."

    And don't forget the bumper stickers: "My Kid Is In the Resistance" and "My Kid In the Resistance Killed Your Nazi Kid."

  3. Ha! Or the Nazi bumper stickers: "Think Globally, Act Globally" or "Visualize World Domination"...

  4. oh my god, those are funny! :D :D

    How about "Are you part of the problem or part of the final solution?" and "my other car is a gas chamber."

  5. Woof! Now this is getting Mel Brooksian...

  6. I, for one, am most intrigued by "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots."

    It's how I spend my days; it's how I spend my nights.

    Please, tell me--where do I cast my vote?

  7. Good point--we've overlooked the other amazing titles from that list!

    I also like "The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Please, tell me more! If that doesn't make the kids excited about reading, I don't know what will.

  8. Cast yer vote in the poll above!