Say whaaaaa?

August 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm | | literature

I was clicking through the TOCs for Molecular Cell, when I noticed a not-too-subtle pattern in the titles of the short “Preview Articles.” Most of the articles were trying really really hard to be f(p)unny. Check this one out:

What a Title!

What funny titles have you guys seen?


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  1. journals should leave the puns to Angewandte Chemie.

    Comment by sam — August 3, 2009 #

  2. Chemists should leave puns to comedians. Seriously. We’re trying to run a serious business here, and trying too hard to make a funny can alienate your reader. Maybe it would help if I were a metabolic chemist, but there’s no way I would have guessed that abstract from that title. In trying to ‘get’ the pun, I lost interest in reading the article. Make good science your draw, not clever wordplay.

    Comment by azmanam — August 4, 2009 #

  3. there’s always room for humor. just make sure it’s actually funny. ;)

    Comment by sam — August 4, 2009 #

  4. so my confession is that i’ve got to write one of these articles. still trying to think of a funny title…. will post it when inspiration strikes.

    Comment by ilya — August 4, 2009 #

  5. I get most of my funny titles from NCBI ROFL (

    Comment by Orange — August 5, 2009 #

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