13 weird books: scabs, carp, fake poultry, and more...

If you've ever looked for books in a thrift store, you know the joy of finding and chuckling at weird books. If you've never had that experience, or even if you have, we've compiled a list of thirteen odd titles so you don't have to search through those dusty shelves to get a giggle or two.

The go-to book for creative goldfish inbreeding.

 We're not really sure what this book could add that the actual experience leaves out.

Get a sample of the book's contents by visiting the associated website, Pocket Power.

We actually need this one for our upcoming poultry exhibition. As this picture illustrates, it also comes with the ominous bonus of taxidermy supplies.

Stay tuned for the choose-your-own-adventure sequels, Carp: How to Make Them Love You and Carp: How to Make Them Taste Good.

A comprehensive guide for med-school students, complete with detailed, anatomically accurate illustrations.

This book was so pretty we weren't surprised to discover that it's published by McSweeney's. Below is a typically hilarious description of the book from their website.

"For many years the scientific and educational community has wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar pretenders would find the means to put out a series of reference books aimed at children but filled with ludicrous misinformation. These books would be distributed through respectable channels and would inevitably find their way into the hands and households of well-meaning families, who would go to them for facts but instead find bizarre untruths. The books would look normal enough, but would read as if written by people who have eaten too many lead-based paint chips. Well, sadly, that day is upon us."

The above illustration comes from a recent study revising the images we typically associate with dinosaurs; the study concluded that dinosaurs were not covered in scales or feathers, but rather amorphous layers of highly absorbent, soft-touch terry cloth with sewn-on buttons for eyes.

The pierogi market is recession proof.

Get in touch with your upper-paleolithic self, get rid of all those pebbles, and decorate your house all at the same time.

That better be a lead apron.

This book was definitely owned by the Dude.

We hope they publish a new edition each year with date ideas adjusted for currency inflation (the ideas, not the one dollar price tag).

Check out more over at Abebooks' weird book room.