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Unlikely but real “For Dummies” books

Ferrets For Dummies
Catholicism For Dummies
Bioinformatics For Dummies
Wills and Estates For Canadians For Dummies
Aromatherapy For Dummies
Sushi For Dummies
NASCAR For Dummies
Fibromyalgia For Dummies
Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies
Calculus For Dummies

The Origins of Tolkien’s Middle Earth For Dummies
Ingles Para Dummies
Perennials For Dummies
The Vietnam War For Dummies
New Orleans For Dummies
Congress For Dummies
Being Vegetarian For Dummies
Breaking Into Acting For Dummies
Curling For Dummies
AOL For Dummies

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  • http://www.iamrighturpie.blogspot.com/ jadester

    i keep finding stranger and stranger “For Dummies” books and this list helps.
    They really have pioneered the no-nonsense information book, in every sense of the word – books on stuff you wouldn’t realise needs books on.

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    Retired racing greyhounds? Whats next — Aged Hens Who Refuse to Lay for Dummies? Yup. I think they have exhausted the idea.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    Hey, that’s Santa’s Little Helper you’re dissing!

    Actually, rehabilitating retired racing hounds is a very serious issue. These are young dogs which are trained from puppies to do nothing but race. Their “careers” only last a couple of years, but the dogs themselves will live many more times that. They are not socialized to be pets and require considerable rehabilitation to live a normal life. The usual procedure was to kill the dog when its racing career was over.

    To put it into perspective, sort of like adopting Mike Tyson and expecting him to make a good house mate.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    hey, what about “Blogging For Dummies”?

    income opportunity for Mr. Olsen!

  • Eric Olsen

    Two we probably won’t see: “Sign Language for Dummies,” “Stupidity for Dummies”

    I’d rather collect good blog writing than write about blogging – hey, we’re doing that.

  • http://www.makeyougohmm.com/ TDavid

    Blogcritics holiday design for dummies sounds like a good topic to me.

  • http://www.soundacious.com/weblog Soundacious

    Here’s another real one that I decided not to list …
    “Alzheimers For Dummies.”

  • Eric Olsen

    “Decided not to list”? or forgot??

  • http://dirtgrain.com/weblog Dirtgrain

    Congress For Dummies? Is this required reading for new senators and representatives? Could we change the title to “Congress Is For Dummies?

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.”

    -Mark Twain

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    Fibromyalgia for Dummies? This seems a little flippant for something as serious as a condition like this. What’s next, AIDS for Dummies?

    However, I have to say that Bass Guitar for Dummies comes highly recommended. I have it, and while I’m still too new to consider myself anything but awful, I can say that it’s taught me quite a few very handy little things. Neat stuff, and even expert players can find useful stuff in this book, from what I read in reviews.

  • http://www.makeyougohmm.com/ TDavid

    The Internet for Dummies book isn’t bad either. Before you laugh at me buying it, I buy a lot of beginner’s books just to see what new folks are being taught. Also, you never know if there is something that was missed.

    Research!

    The Palm Programming for Dummies book totally blows though.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I looked up the “NASCAR for Dummies” at Amazon to see what the recommends and also boughts were.

    The top title? “Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul”.

    While the “… for Dummies” series title is insulting, there is nothing more worthless (and benchmark of how cynical publishers are) than the “Chicken Soup for the …” series.

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    I’ve given people The Internet for Dummies for gifts (and to get them to stop asking me questions about easy things).

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