Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books

At the awesome blog Awful Library Books, Michigan librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner showcase old, bizarre books that probably shouldn't be in circulation. The blog contains many science, engineering, and computing texts. Here are some of the most lamentable.

[Awful Library Books via The Presurfer]

In 1972's Science Projects You Can Do, George Stone teaches children that giving a guinea pig scurvy is a perfectly acceptable science fair project.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


He also advocates electrocuting earthworms for no apparent reason.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


Stone was nice enough to include a diagram on how to build your own earthworm torture device.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


Linda Sullivan and Helen Sernoff's 1996 book Research Reports: A Guide for Middle and High School Students. "Although it contains vast amounts of information, the Internet will probably not be useful."

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


1989's Computer Virus Crisis by Philip Fites, Peter Johnston, and Martin Kratz teaches you to avoid virus-laden floppy disks. If an unwashed trucker swaggers into your bedroom and offers you a bag of suspicious disks, just say "no."

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


Richard Deming's 1973 Metric Power. A prescient tome.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


1991's 101 Weapons for Women: Implement Weaponry: A Unique Concept in Women's Self-Defense, which teaches computer disk defense tactics.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


James Schefter's Telecommunications Careers (1988) teaches you the joys of mobile communication.

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


Leon Whitney's Training you to Train your Cat (1968).

Scenes from terrible, creepy, and outdated library books


An excerpt from Tim Paulson's 1992 book, How To Fly a 747. Holy shit.