Amazon thinks that because I bought English As She Is Spoke: Being a Comprehensive Phrasebook of the English Language, Written by Men to Whom English Was Utterly Unknown, I will most likely also be interested in All Known Metal Bands, .
In this corner: English As She Is Spoke, an English phrasebook for Portuguese students written in 1855 by José da Fonseca, who didn't know English. He didn't even have an English-Portuguese dictionary. According to the editor of my 2004 revised edition (the one I bought from Amazon):
What he did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French phrasebook and a French-to-English dictionary. The bizarre linguistic train wreck that ensued ... became celebrated as a bizarre masterpiece of unintentional humor, and it went on to be reprinted around the world for the rest of the 19th century[.]
(I forgive the editor for repeating "bizarre," because it's wholly justified. To take just one example: "The noise run that is by to have given a box on the ear to a of them." Amazingly, this sentence was rendered completely by hand, without the use of an automated translator!)
And in the other corner: All Known Metal Bands by Dan Nelson, just published by McSweeney's. It's an alphabetical listing of 50,000 names of metal bands. No subgenres, no places of origin, just ... names.
Amazon, you know me better than I know myself!