Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop is exactly what it sounds like. As of today, it is also the winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded by British trade magazine The Bookseller. What’s the Diagram Prize you ask? A yearly award for the weirdest book title whose previous recipients include Bombproof Your Horse and Living With Crazy Buttocks.
“Reginald [Bakeley, author] and I take this as a clear sign that people have had enough of goblins in their chicken coops,” editor Clint Marsh told the AP. “Our campaign against the fairy kingdom continues.”
What’s Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop you ask? A field guide to fighting mystical creatures that is also, as per its opening paragraph, a wily joke: “If we follow the advice of Mr. Allingham and other weak-constitutioned fairy symphathisers, then the whole of the outdoors will soon be snatched away from mankind, its rightful master.”
The book claimed victory with 38 percent of the public vote. One competitor was God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis. Another asked, Was Hitler Ill?