11 Strangest How-To Books

In How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, Daniel Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, reminds readers that "any machine could rebel, from a toaster to a Terminator," and though the shapes our future robot enemies may take are manifold, they each have exploitable weaknesses that, fortuitously, match our natural human strengths. Options for fighting back are plentiful, though not everyone will be relieved to learn the standard kitchen microwave can be retrofitted into a radiation gun that can destroy electronics and "cook human flesh."

In How to Speak with the Dead: A Practical Handbook, the author discusses a general outline of the scientific facts and arguments on which the certainties of survival and communication are based, as well as information relative to mediums and communicating with the dead.

In How Become a Schizophrenic, the author has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and part of the book is his own story.

In How to Speak Cat, uncovered the "secrets" of cat's language, complete with "extensive vocabulary and proper grammar". She assures that, in a short time, "a devoted human can learn the basics of Cat -- including proper diction and pronunciation -- and be well on the way to full communication with felines, at the same time respecting them for what they are: a superior species."

How to Raise and Keep a Dragon is the essential owner's manual containing all the advice you need to bring up your very own dragon. It includes full information on the range of different dragons available and their specific characteristics, care needs and temperaments.

With How to Be Pope you'll be able to navigate the Why's, How's, and Who's of your new life as Pontifex Maximus. What is your official job title? Why do you need to choose a papal name? Who does your laundry? While the church has long maintained an aura of complete secrecy to outsiders, the facts, figures, and historical anecdotes found here give the crucial information you'll need to fulfill your papal duties.

How to Avoid Huge Ships is, according to a reviewer, "kind of like a marine version of 'how not to be runover by a bus'. Actually, it's perfectly serious and the title is completely accurate when it gets down to reading the book. All jokes aside, it's a serious piece of work for the small boat owner/operator - especially those taking their boats into areas where large ships pass through."

In How To Start Your Own Country, Erwin Strauss shows you five different methods for doing just that, as well as everything you need to know about sovereignty, national defense, diplomacy, raising revenue and recruiting settlers. Includes dozens of new-country success stories. Why settle for being king of your castle when you can be king of your own country?

Since its first publication in 1989, How to Shit in the Woods has been adopted by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere as part of the solution. Topics include: the growing array of travelers' field water-disinfecting systems, Giardia contamination and the now infamous critter Cryptosporidium, crotch-accessible clothing for women, and a fresh batch of "worst experience" stories, all peppered with irreverent musings. For the purist, there are more wise t.p.-less techniques from the Old World. Written with an effervescent sense of humor, this is a book for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

According to the New Yorker, "How to Read a Book shows concretely how the serious work of proper reading may be accomplished and how much it may yield in the way of instruction and delight."

How to write a how to write book is the book that will tell all you less-than-successful authors where you went wrong. You no longer need to try and sell your novel or play or memoir and be rejected again and again, now you can write your own How to Write book and at last success will be yours.