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Cracked.com's zombie book chomps L.A. Times bestseller list

January 17, 2011 |  3:25 pm

Crackedbook Cracked.com got its teeth into the L.A. Times bestseller list this week; its book "You Might Be a Zombie" chewed its way up to No. 13 on our nonfiction paperback bestseller list.

OK, it isn't just about zombies. It's also about "Wacky Misunderstandings That Almost Caused a Nuclear Holocaust", "Mythological Beasts That Actually Exist", "Colors You Didn't Realize Were Controlling Your Mind" and other ephemera from the cracked.com website (plus some bonus, never-before-seen treats).

"Cracked" was founded in 1958 as a print magazine a lot like "Mad" (jokes, comics). Although long-lasting, it sputtered in the '90s and took a detour into Details-like-men's-magazine territory a few years ago. 

These days, Cracked is known for cracked.com, a humor site that's a lot like the Onion -- just with less fake news and more silly lists.

Lists like "9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along" (including the Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West) and "6 True Stories About Disneyland They Don't Want You to Know" -- there was once a job vetting digital photos of Splash Mountain to make sure nothing untoward was showing -- are so Internet-shareable that they've been viewed millions of times.

No wonder "You Might Be a Zombie" is on the bestseller list. No need to click when those lists are on the coffee table, or with the other bathroom reading material.

Will we see it on the L.A. Times bestseller list next week? Competition might be tough: "The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition" is holding on two places ahead.

-- Carolyn Kellogg