How to bomb-proof your horse


As the temperature outside dipped to 15 below zero, my thoughts this evening turned to grabbing a blanket and curling up with a good book.

But I never made it to the couch: The words “good book” made me wonder about all the terrible tomes that have been penned and published over the years, and that is how I stumbled across the Weird Book Room.

Let me first admit that I actually do own Fart Proudly. (It’s not what you think.)

But I can’t imagine who would buy The Deer-smellers of Haunted Mountain, What to do When the Russians Come, The English: Are they Human?, Why do I Vomit?, The Amateur Taxidermist, Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan, Soldier Bear, or The Who’s Who of British Beheadings.

I would have paid good money to hear some of the authors’ pitches for these titles. (“No, really! I’m telling you—there are thousands of people who want to knit dog-hair sweaters!”)

But then, as I neared the bottom of the page, one misplaced title caught my eye. Bombproof your Horse. What’s so weird about that? A few years ago I would have given anything to help my horse, Keepers, get over his fear of discarded t-shirts along the side of the road.

I guess it goes to show that there really is an audience for just about everything.

2 Responses to “How to bomb-proof your horse”

  1. If someone has a samoyed or a chow, making use of all the hair laying around the house is kind of comforting. I imagine it was ignorance that put “Bombproofing your horse” into weird books. My BF’s reaction when looking over my shoulder was, “Do horses commonly come into contact with bombs?”

  2. 2 hmunro

    Ha! Your BF’s comment reminded me of a British term I’ve always found peculiar: They call their bomb-sniffing dogs “explosive dogs.” It conjures up quite an image, doesn’t it?


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