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Weird Book of the Week

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

And just like that, How to Start Your Own Secret Society was sold.  We can’t remember who to, but we’re pretty sure they said they were buying it “for a friend.”

According to the nature of this spotlight, a new Weird Book has already been found and – this time – even mailed to this blog!  :-)   Please give a hand for our new highlight:

Privies and Water Closets by David Eveleigh

Although Thomas Crapper is most commonly associated with the invention of the flushing toilet, his models were in fact the result of a long line of improvements to earlier designs which date back to ancient times. This book is an ideal introduction to the history of the toilet, tracing its development from the primitive – and very smelly – privy maiden to today’s one-piece, all-ceramic WC. Illustrated with superb photographs, this book tells the story of the lavatory, from the Elizabethan era to the modern day.

That’s right, an entire lavatorial history, for just € 2.99!  And again only 1 copy in stock! If this isn’t the perfect bathroom reader, we don’t know what is.

You can find Privies and Water Closets at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to The Hague via intrastore shipping.

Weird Book of the Week

Monday, February 18th, 2013

It’s been nearly 2 years, but some things are worth the wait: Our-Maarten- Of-The-No-Lists has mailed in another Weird Book of the Week!

(Which just goes to prove that the blog version is not-so-weekly; the books as highlighted in the White Room at ABC Amsterdam have a rather higher turnover rate :-) ).

How to Start Your Own Secret Society by Nick Harding

Rejected by the Freemasons?  Not bright enough for the Illuminati?  Burnt by the Hell Fire Club?  No friends in high places to get you into the Bilderberg or the Bohemian Grove?  Feeling isolated and powerless? Fear not. There is an answer…

Why not start your own secret society to add an air of mystery to your life and instantly alter the way you are perceived by family, friends and society at large. Learn the secrets of how to really influence people in business and politics by creating your own elitist fraternity. Discover the basic requirements for creating a clandestine sister- or brotherhood with the ability to control, govern and influence events at the local or global level. Develop your own secret knowledge and hidden agenda while you plot to overthrow the powers that be through revolution and political or religious intrigue.

Pierre Plantard and the Priory of Sion failed but you can avoid making the same mistakes they did by understanding what it really takes to maintain and develop a secret society. This book will show you all the requirements needed from choosing regalia to setting up a lodge, from electing a grand master to illustrating basic initiation ceremonies. It will also guide you on how to take historical events, great works of art and famous names to mould them into your desires for global domination.

All this for only € 6.99!  And we only have one copy! (Well, of course we only have one copy. We don’t want just anyone starting a secret society, do we?)

You can find How to Start Your Own Secret Society at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to The Hague via intrastore shipping.

(Want more weird books? Then browse this list at your peril…)

Weird Book of the Week!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Our Maarten-Of-The-No-Lists has uncovered another gem to highlight as our not-so-weekly Weird Book of the Week!

Nosepicking for Pleasure has just rolled its way out of our store, but we already have a new book for the little altar of weirdness on the second floor of our Amsterdam.

Engineering Projects for the 21st Century appears to be your normal, run-of-the-mill print-on-demand collection of  engineering drawings.

Leafing through it, you’ll see detailed designs for things like passenger planes, fighter jets, and high speeds trains, even a Mars rover of sorts.

Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find a giant walking super robot carrying a tree. And is that an illustration of a man with his hand on a semi-naked woman’s bottom? Oh yes:

“Fig. 13. Toys for the rich sportsmen of the future. In the picture, a boy helps his girlfriend climb onto his mechanical flying horse.”

Only EUR 6.99 for 340 pages of mad genius. You know you want it. You can find Engineering Projects for the 21st Century at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to the Den Haag store via intrastore shipping.

Weird Book of the Week

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Our Maarten-Of-The-No-Lists has uncovered another gem to highlight as our not-so-weekly Weird Book of the Week!

Are you ready?  Flexed your fingers?  This week’s Weird Book is

Nosepicking for Pleasure: A Handy Guide by Roland Flicket and John Higham.

A guide to the art of nosepicking through the ages. This work traces the development of its manifold techniques – including the Revolving Thrust and Jerk, and the Corsican Shove – and also contains a range of practical advice for nostril pokers. It is packed with tips, tricks, hints and pointers for the perfect picking experience.”

There has to be a committed rhinotillexomaniac among our customers that needs this book.  You can find it at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to the Den Haag store via intrastore shipping.

Weird Book of the Week

Monday, December 20th, 2010

So, once again, our Weird Book OF The Week sold almost immediately, proving that for every weird and unusual book out there, there is in fact a weird and unusual reader who would love to have it in their collection.  One ABC customer is now the happy owner of An Innovative Approach To Landfill Engineering. :-)

Luckily Our Maarten-Of-The-No-Lists has found another gem for you, making this probably the first time we’ve come anywhere near having a book a week for Weird Book Of The Week.

This week’s gem is only €4,99, so get thee to ABC Amsterdam’s Second Floor to get your copy of…

The What’s Your Poo Telling You? Activity Book, which, according to the publisher is one-of-a-kind, action-packed activity book from the authors of the bestselling What’s Your Poo Telling You? (Apparently, yes, it really is a bestseller. Probably in Holland and other places full of the scatalogically obsessed. Honestly, not a month goes by when my Dutch mother in law does not lament to me the demise of the lavatorial “poo shelf”. Anyway…) It features humorous illustrations and an entertaining range of coloring (only one crayon necessary, presumably)  and puzzle pages, including connect-the dots, word find, spot the difference, poodoku and much much more that celebrate the diversity of poo. Sounds like the perfect stocking filler to me. :-)