Funny titles mask serious science


7 Responses to “Funny titles mask serious science”

  1. joeposts says:

    It’s not a published science paper, but I was always proud of my aptly titled, first-year philosophy essay Filasafy: Even me can do it. Prof liked it.

  2. Christopher Ing says:

    I while ago I compiled a list of inappropriate science papers that were published in actual journals, only funny for a non-expert :P

  3. lknope says:

    I eagerly await the “Nuttiest Bubbles” paper.

  4. Lissamphibia says:

    Best presentation title at the Behavior 2011 conference: “Do house crickets strategically ejaculate in the face of sperm competition?”

    (It was by Worthington, et al. from Iowa State.)

  5. Christopher says:

    I don’t know if it qualifies as a funny title, and it’s not science, but the title “‘How Do You Know She’s a Witch?’: Witches, Cunning Folk, and Competition in Denmark” by Timothy R. Tangherlini in the Summer/Autumn 2000 issue of the journal Western Folklore cracked me up.

    Even better was the article’s conclusion:

    Already in the seventeenth century the answer to the question “How do you know she’s a witch?” is not “She turned me into a newt” or some other example of physically verifiable maleficium, but rather, “Because I say so.”

  6. Bevatron Repairman says:

    I’m a big fan of “Higgs in Space!”  – co-written by a friend of mine — which suggests a method for detecting Higgs particles with deep space telescopes.

  7. I’m relieved that “Decapitating Tadpoles” is a physics paper.

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