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If it's on the Internet, you know it would make a good title

April 18, 2012|By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye

A wise man once said, "Reading is fundamental." And a recent Gawker story revealed the wild and wonderful world of Project Webster books, the media branch of a company called BiblioLabs. Project Webster basically "uses human curators to assemble Wikipedia content into new works," according to a BiblioLabs rep.

The result: "books" with eye-catching titles such as "Let's Get Naked, Vol. 1: Nude Beaches, Nude Hiking, Skinny Dipping, Nude Biking, Nude Weddings, and So Much More," "The Facts about Airport Security and Aircraft Safety, Vol. 3: More Deadly Airplane Crashes!" and one about the size of certain celebs' manhood. Here's a few of our suggestions for celebrity-focused Wikibooks -- super-long titles included -- that we think would fly off the e-shelves.

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"Child Stars: Sometimes They Grow Up and Get Really Hot, Sometimes They Really Don't -- Like at All"
Wikipedia pages cited: Jonathan Lipnicki, the late Gary Coleman, the Olsen twins, Alanis Morissette, and every actor who appeared on a Disney show from 1988-2010.

"Sweet Jesus, Honey! You Invited WHO Over for Dinner? Hide EVERYTHING!"
Wikipedia pages cited: Charlie Sheen, Courtney Stodden, Courtney Love, Jose Canseco, Gary Busey, Ted Nugent, the Odd Future kids

"Former Drama Club Kids Who Really Want You to Know How They Feel About Everything, Vol 2: More Emotions, More Problems"
Wikipedia pages cited: Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Kanye West (Note: The book is 927 pages long.)

"Syndication Nation: TV Classics That are Always On, No Matter What Time it Is"
Wikipedia pages cited: "Law and Order: SVU," "Two and a Half Men," "16 and Pregnant," "South Park," "Family Guy"

"No, Seriously -- People Want to Have Sex With Us, Vol 5: Why Are You Laughing?"
Wikipedia pages cited: The cast of "Jersey Shore," Skrillex, Die Antwoord, David Spade, Hugh Hefner

"Go Forth and Multiply: Celebrities Who Have a Bunch of Kids"
Wikipedia pages cited: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Kate Gosselin, NBA legend Shawn Kemp, NFL player Antonio Cromartie, a lot more rappers than we'd like to admit

"Hell No, We Won't Go: Celebrities Who Keep Showing Up, For Better or Worse"
Wikipedia pages cited: "Dancing with the Stars," "Celebrity Apprentice," Chris Brown, Ke$ha, Fred Durst

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