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The Java Language Specification

by James Gosling, Bill Joy and Guy Steele
(Addison-Wesley, 1996)

The large index of this book (pages 767 to 821) includes numerous bogus, obscure, self-referential and silly entries. In fact, there are so many of them around that a special entry indexes them! It reads (on page 788):
index entries
        Fibonacci numbers, 783
        prime numbers, 801
        warp factors, 820
        Bell, Alexander Graham, 769
        Bovik, Harry, 770
        Fifth Dimension, 784
        first cat, 784
        index entries, 788
        not, see Russell's paradox
        banana-fana, 769
The complete entry includes a whopping 39 lines. The bogus entries include things like:
Fibonacci numbers, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610
Worse still is the “prime numbers” entry, which lists every prime number from 1 to 826 (the number of pages in the book) -- 142 values, which require twenty lines.

The entry for “Star Trek” lists pages 793, 805 and 820. All of these pages are in the index. Page 793 includes the index entry for “make it so”, and page 820 has an entry for “warp factors”. I found nothing on page 805 that is related to the issue, except maybe for the catch-all entry about self-reference (which naturally includes its own page).

Special thanks to Peter Norvig for contributing this item.
[Added 2000-01-01]
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