Mighty Red Pen

September 7, 2008

Oddly enough

Filed under: Lit review,Mad marketing — mighty red pen @ 6:27 pm
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Apparently, the Bookseller’s poll of the oddest book titles of the past 30 years has found “Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers” much, much odder than “People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead” or “How to Avoid Huge Ships.”

By itself, the winning title may (or may not) seem odd, but it’s actually just a straight-up description of what’s in the book. According to one article:

“Greek Rural Postmen” was published in 1994 by a British stamp-collecting organization.

Its co-author, Derek Willan, said he didn’t consider the title odd.

“It purely describes what’s in the book,” Willan, 91, told the British Broadcasting Corp. “This book was issued by the Hellenic Philatelic Society of Great Britain and it is of interest to Greek philatelists.”

MRP refuses to believe that the title is as literal as all that and I propose our own little contest. Who can come up with the most creative suggestion for what “Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers” is really about? Alternatively, you can share your favorite odd title.



  1. Obviously “Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers” is about a quirky duo of postmen who attempt to add barcodes to their mamas’ baklava, with hilarious and sometimes tragic results.

    Comment by Betsy — September 7, 2008 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  2. No, no, no…it’s about the Greek mambo quartet “The Rural Postmen” and their (in)famous dance hit “The Càncellacion,” which combined the rhythms of the Argentine tango with the raw sexual power of Balkan mail delivery.

    (Sorry–long day at work. 🙂 On a related note, am I the only one wondering how long it will be before there’s a college band called “Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers”?)

    Comment by Steph — September 8, 2008 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  3. You guys both win!

    Comment by mighty red pen — September 8, 2008 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

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