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Short Subjects

When PLAFSEP magazine asked its readers to nominate the silliest library subject heading, the hands-down winner was BUTTOCKS (IN RELIGION, FOLK-LORE, ETC.).

Other highlights, gathered by columnist John R. Likins:

  • AMERICAN GIANT CHECKERED RABBIT
  • BANKRUPTCY–POPULAR WORKS 
  • CATASTROPHICAL, THE, see also COMIC, THE 
  • CHILD ABUSE–STUDY AND TEACHING 
  • CONTANGO AND BACKWARDATION 
  • DENTISTS IN ART 
  • FANTASTIC TELEVISION PROGRAMS 
  • FOOD, JUNK 
  • GHOSTS–PICTORIAL WORKS 
  • GOD–ADDRESSES, ESSAYS, LECTURES 
  • HEMORRHOIDS–POPULAR WORKS 
  • JESUS CHRIST–PERSON AND OFFICES 
  • LABORATORY ANIMALS–CONGRESSES 
  • LOVE NESTS–DIRECTORIES 
  • MANURE HANDLING 
  • MUD LUMPS 
  • ODORS IN THE BIBLE 
  • PRAYERS FOR ANIMALS 
  • SICK–FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS 
  • URINARY DIVERSIONS, see also URINE DANCE
  • WASPS (PERSONS)

That’s from Likins’ article “Subject Headings, Silly, American–20th Century–Complications and Sequelae–Addresses, Essays, Lectures,” in Technical Services Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1/2, Fall/Winter 1984, using data from the Library of Congress and Cataloging in Publication.

In The Library at Night (2006), Alberto Manguel gives these:

  • Banana research 
  • Bat binding 
  • Boots and shoes in art 
  • Chickens in religion and folklore 
  • Sewage: collected works 
  • Sex: cause and determination 
  • Tic: see also toc

And the Whole Library Handbook (1991) offers these, collected by the Library of Congress Professional Association: 

  • Adult children 
  • Beehives; see Bee–Housing 
  • Diving for men 
  • Drug abuse — Programmed instruction 
  • Feet in the Bible 
  • Hand — Surgery — Juvenile literature 
  • Lord’s Supper — Reservation 
  • Low German wit and humor 
  • Monotone operators 
  • Running races in rabbinical literature 
  • Standing on one foot; see One-leg resting position 
  • Stupidity; see Inefficiency, Intellectual

I think some of these may now be out of date, but there’s certainly no shortage of curious headings — in doing research for this site I recently ran across “Raccoon — Biography.”

Short Subjects

When PLAFSEP magazine asked its readers to nominate the silliest library subject heading, the hands-down winner was BUTTOCKS (IN RELIGION, FOLK-LORE, ETC.).

Other highlights, gathered by columnist John R. Likins:

  • AMERICAN GIANT CHECKERED RABBIT
  • BANKRUPTCY–POPULAR WORKS 
  • CATASTROPHICAL, THE, see also COMIC, THE 
  • CHILD ABUSE–STUDY AND TEACHING 
  • CONTANGO AND BACKWARDATION 
  • DENTISTS IN ART 
  • FANTASTIC TELEVISION PROGRAMS 
  • FOOD, JUNK 
  • GHOSTS–PICTORIAL WORKS 
  • GOD–ADDRESSES, ESSAYS, LECTURES 
  • HEMORRHOIDS–POPULAR WORKS 
  • JESUS CHRIST–PERSON AND OFFICES 
  • LABORATORY ANIMALS–CONGRESSES 
  • LOVE NESTS–DIRECTORIES 
  • MANURE HANDLING 
  • MUD LUMPS 
  • ODORS IN THE BIBLE 
  • PRAYERS FOR ANIMALS 
  • SICK–FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS 
  • URINARY DIVERSIONS, see also URINE DANCE
  • WASPS (PERSONS)

That’s from Likins’ article “Subject Headings, Silly, American–20th Century–Complications and Sequelae–Addresses, Essays, Lectures,” in Technical Services Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1/2, Fall/Winter 1984, using data from the Library of Congress and Cataloging in Publication.

In The Library at Night (2006), Alberto Manguel gives these:

  • Banana research 
  • Bat binding 
  • Boots and shoes in art 
  • Chickens in religion and folklore 
  • Sewage: collected works 
  • Sex: cause and determination 
  • Tic: see also toc

And the Whole Library Handbook (1991) offers these, collected by the Library of Congress Professional Association: 

  • Adult children 
  • Beehives; see Bee–Housing 
  • Diving for men 
  • Drug abuse — Programmed instruction 
  • Feet in the Bible 
  • Hand — Surgery — Juvenile literature 
  • Lord’s Supper — Reservation 
  • Low German wit and humor 
  • Monotone operators 
  • Running races in rabbinical literature 
  • Standing on one foot; see One-leg resting position 
  • Stupidity; see Inefficiency, Intellectual

I think some of these may now be out of date, but there’s certainly no shortage of curious headings — in doing research for this site I recently ran across “Raccoon — Biography.”

United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Article Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat’s Shoo Fly Powders for Drunkenness

United States v. 2,116 Boxes of Boned Beef

United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins

United States v. 2,507 Live Canary Winged Parakeets

United States v. One Lucite Ball Containing Lunar Material (One Moon Rock) and One Ten Inch by Fourteen Inch Wooden Plaque

United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

Matchups

United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Article Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat’s Shoo Fly Powders for Drunkenness

United States v. 2,116 Boxes of Boned Beef

United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins

United States v. 2,507 Live Canary Winged Parakeets

United States v. One Lucite Ball Containing Lunar Material (One Moon Rock) and One Ten Inch by Fourteen Inch Wooden Plaque

United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls