A Chinese netizen recently posted a list of 20 ridiculous books on the Mop discussion forum that were all published in China and feature either absurd subjects or humorous titles.
Considering China is one of the largest book publishers in the world, there must be a market for everything, especially for fine works such as How to Beat Your Kids and Only Socialism Can Save America.
How to Recognize Yellow Songs
Note: “Yellow” can mean “pornographic＂ or ＂lewd” in certain instances.
The Road to Being a Successful Sanlu Person
Note: Sanlu was the disgraced milk manufacturer in the 2008 milk scandal.
The Method of Yin Yang Wall Suction Climbing
Note: Refers to a Taoist martial arts technique. Unfortunately, the 壁 bi (wall) in 吸壁功 (xi bi gong, literally “suck wall ability/method”) sounds like 屄 bi (vagina/cunt), so this title becomes “Yin Yang Cunt Sucking Ability” or “The Method of Yin Yang Cunt Sucking”.
How to Become a Buddha
How to Write Better than Guo Jingming
Note: Guo Jingming is a popular author discovered to have plagiarized several of his works.
Couple’s Method for Vital Cultivation, Qigong Therapy for the Bedroom
Note: Most likely related to Taoist sexual practices.
Note: A Chinese translation of the French “Stories of the Butt”.
Only Socialism Can Save America
How to Dispose of the Ashes of Those You Hate
Anthology of Heroes Shooting Airplanes
Note: 打飞机 (da fei ji, literally “shooting/attacking airplane”) is a euphemism for male masturbation, so the title can be read as “Masturbation Hero Anthology” or “Anthology of Masturbating Heroes”.
The History of Nose Picking
How to Beat Kids
How to Sing Jay Chou‘s Songs Well
How to be a Good Dog
The Art of Serving the Cadre, The Advisor’s Guide
Peasants Going To the City, Guide to Avoid Getting Cheated
Chengguan Law Enforcement Practices
Note: The infamous “Chengguan Training Manual“.
Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il Flower Planting Guide
Note: Chinese translation of “Asian Aphrodisiacs”. 勃起 bo qi, can also be read as “Asia Erection”.
Knowledge of the Party Handbook