Here is the top ten goofy things you can find in an index in a technical book, from http://tech.cybernetnews.com/2006/11/20/computer-geeks-can-make-jokes-too/
- In the index: “pitfalls, see traps” and “traps, see pitfalls.”
- In the index: Scooby Doo, pronouncing “Windex” 166
It is supposed to be the rindex function but we all know Scooby Doo has a hard time pronouncing his r’s.
- In the index: pun, really bad 152
On page 152 talks about Bird and Penguin classes and says “Yet we’re not finished with these fowl matters.”
- In the index, which is on page 269 it has: recursion 86, 139, 141, 182, 202, 269
- At the bottom of the last page: Any inaccuracies in this index may be explained by the fact that it has been prepared with the help of a computer.
- In the index: recursive loop See recursive loop
- A dedication at the beginning of the book:
My brilliant and beautiful wife without whom I would be nothing. She always comforts and consoles, never complains or interferes, asks nothing and endures all, and writes my dedications.
- In the index of a Fourier Analysis book it says: fractals: not mentioned, 112
Sure enough there is no mention of fractals on that page.
- In the index: Fibonacci numbers, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610
and then it goes on to give a “prime numbers” entry that lists every prime number from 1 to 826 (takes up 20 lines) which is how many pages there are in the book.
- In the index: IndexOutOfBoundsException: 30, 196, 210, 596
The book only has 595 pages.
Maybe my "inner nerd" is not "inner" enough?
Hat tip: Fred Kiesche/The Eternal Golden Braid