How to Murder a Complete Stranger and Get Away With It

I don’t actually have the answer, but here’s a link to a very amusing website www.flapart.ca.

They sell joke book jackets that you can put over the hardcover book you are reading on the bus, subway, or at work. They offer a wide range of titles. Some are likely to lead strangers to strike up conversations with you. Others will guarantee that if there is one empty seat, it will be next to you.

Some examples:

How to Murder a Complete Stranger and Get Away With It
(Back Cover Reads: Top 10 places to dispose a body, step-by-step instructions with colour illustrations.)

How to Make your Grandmother a Porn Star

Fast Track to Prison – Exploring the Many Benefits of Life Behind Bars

The Nutritional Benifits of Nose Picking


think mojo » Freakonomics-lite. Real lite.

[...] Just to show that it’s not all data mining for answers to why drug dealers prefer Adidas to Vans (or any other brand of skate shoe), Steve Levitt points to a site that allows you to customise the perception of your reading material on the morning commute. [...]

jchyip

The link isn't correct.

tim2000

I LOVE the concept; I'm just not a fan of the execution.

Some of the covers obscure their funniest elements and are hard to read. How to Murder a Complete Stranger renders "a Complete Stranger" in an illegible font, further obscuring it with a tear-edge across the cover.

Designers should use nice big sans-serif fonts and use lighter background colors for optimal stranger legibility.

Also, IMHO the titles need to be optimized.

Fast Track to Prison
Better: So You're Going to Prison

How to Make your Grandmother a Porn Star Better: Granny Porn for Beginners

How to Overcome Nymphomania
Better: Coping with Nymphomania

But overall, a great idea!

jim

Have people seen the National Association of Realtors commercial that is getting tons of airply during the NCAA Tournament? The commercial just repeats over and over the mantra that realtors live and work by a "code of ethics." Is this ad campaign a reply to Freakonomics?

prosa

No need to bother with fake covers. Check out some of the *real* titles being offered by the Paladin Press.

michelle

Unfortunately, people who go to prison don't read. They just try to go insane so they feel less pain or think about how their social network is just going to blossom like crazy in jail.

Also, I know someone who swears that every socially awkward person he knows picked their nose and ate it. I love socially awkward people, I for sure swear by the nutritional benefits of nosepicking.

abudai

The contents of the book "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" is actually available in its entirety online at

http://ftp.die.net/mirror/hitman/

It used to be published at Paladin Press alongside such classics as "How to Rip Off a Drug Dealer." But then a bad dude hired an actual hit-man used to murder his ex-wife and and quadripelegic son, and the hit-man used the book as a reference guide. The wife's family sued Paladin Press, who ended the copyright. Story at:

http://reason.com/9908/fe.dk.the.shtml

abudai

My previous post really could've used an editor. Sorry.

webs

What a hilarious idea. I will have to try that out sometime.

De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum

"Como matar um estranho e se safar"

Essa e muitas outras capas falsas de livro ("Como transformar a sua mãe em uma estrela pornô", "Como expulsar a sua irmã de casa"... ). Sugestão: que tal realmente escrever os livros sobre os temas? Leo. (via freakonomics)....

^^Monsters Under The Bed^^ » Don’t judge a book by its cover

[...] (Via Freakonomics) ^^V^^ @ 21.03.2006 @ 1:01:28 PM - [...]

think mojo » Freakonomics-lite. Real lite.

[...] Just to show that it’s not all data mining for answers to why drug dealers prefer Adidas to Vans (or any other brand of skate shoe), Steve Levitt points to a site that allows you to customise the perception of your reading material?on?the morning commute. [...]

jchyip

The link isn't correct.

tim2000

I LOVE the concept; I'm just not a fan of the execution.

Some of the covers obscure their funniest elements and are hard to read. How to Murder a Complete Stranger renders "a Complete Stranger" in an illegible font, further obscuring it with a tear-edge across the cover.

Designers should use nice big sans-serif fonts and use lighter background colors for optimal stranger legibility.

Also, IMHO the titles need to be optimized.

Fast Track to Prison
Better: So You're Going to Prison

How to Make your Grandmother a Porn Star Better: Granny Porn for Beginners

How to Overcome Nymphomania
Better: Coping with Nymphomania

But overall, a great idea!

jim

Have people seen the National Association of Realtors commercial that is getting tons of airply during the NCAA Tournament? The commercial just repeats over and over the mantra that realtors live and work by a "code of ethics." Is this ad campaign a reply to Freakonomics?

prosa

No need to bother with fake covers. Check out some of the *real* titles being offered by the Paladin Press.

michelle

Unfortunately, people who go to prison don't read. They just try to go insane so they feel less pain or think about how their social network is just going to blossom like crazy in jail.

Also, I know someone who swears that every socially awkward person he knows picked their nose and ate it. I love socially awkward people, I for sure swear by the nutritional benefits of nosepicking.

abudai

The contents of the book "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" is actually available in its entirety online at

http://ftp.die.net/mirror/hitman/

It used to be published at Paladin Press alongside such classics as "How to Rip Off a Drug Dealer." But then a bad dude hired an actual hit-man used to murder his ex-wife and and quadripelegic son, and the hit-man used the book as a reference guide. The wife's family sued Paladin Press, who ended the copyright. Story at:

http://reason.com/9908/fe.dk.the.shtml

abudai

My previous post really could've used an editor. Sorry.

webs

What a hilarious idea. I will have to try that out sometime.