Funny studies go viral with ‘Fantastic yeasts and where to find them’

Hilarious scientific studies go viral as researchers reveal their favourite titles – including ‘Fantastic yeasts and where to find them’ and ‘Medical marijuana: Can’t we all just get a bong?’

  • Lisa Stinson discovered a funny scientific study title and posted it online 
  • The researcher from Perth called it the ‘world’s best paper title’ in a tweet 
  • The internet respectfully disagreed before it went viral and started a thread  
  •  A host of other funny titles were posted including puns, music and pop culture  

The scientific world can be a bleak place full of unnecessary jargon, but sometimes the world’s academics unleash their sense of humour.

Lisa Stinson, a researcher from Perth, discovered a paper which was titled ‘Fantastic yeasts and where to find them: the hidden diversity of dimorphic fungal pathogens’. 

The title of the study from Northern Arizona University researcher Marley Van Dyke is a nod to the wizarding world of Harry Potter and Newt Scamander and went viral. 

It kick-started a thread of other funny scientific paper titles including ‘Medical marijuana: Can’t we all just get a bong?’, ‘An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of S***’, ‘Leaf me alone’ and ‘Nudge-nudge, WNK -WNK (kinases), say no more?’

Northern Arizona University researcher Marley Van Dyke and colleagues titled their research ‘Fantastic yeasts and where to find them: the hidden diversity of dimorphic fungal pathogens’

Notable other tweets include a study titled: ‘An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of S***: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in human Stool’

Her accompanying caption expressed her amusement and read: ‘STOP THE INTERNET! I just found the world’s best paper title.’

The initial tweet now has a total of 48,200 likes and nearly 15,000 retweets.

It sparked a brilliant thread with scientists and academics from all over the world sharing their own personal favourite paper titles. 

Notable other tweets include a study titled: ‘An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of S***: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in human Stool’.

Another, which was well-received on social media, accruing more than 500 likes, was ‘Medical marijuana: Can’t we all just get a bong?’

Puns relating to pirates, cannabis and crack cocaine were accompanied by clever wordplay on pop culture references with the Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Monty Python. 

Adapted song lyrics also amused the scientists, with Cypress Hill and Pink Floyd inspiring scholars.  

Adapted song lyrics also amused the scientists, with Cypress Hill and Pink Floyd inspiring scholars. One researcher, who published a witty title a few years ago, was retweeted by the artist (pictured)

Drugs are big business for researchers as a plethora of institutions and companies try and understand how they work in detail, their impact and the health impacts they have but a 1997 study used a pun about crack cocaine to entice readers 

Monty Python fans will remember the ‘Candid Photography” sketch, better known as “Nudge Nudge” and it clearly has a big fan in Anh H. Cao-Pham who title a paper published last year ‘Nudge-nudge, WNK -WNK (kinases), say no more?’

Pink Floyd’s iconic song ‘We don’t need no education’ was released in 1979 from the album The Wall. It would be their only number one hit single 

Lord of the Rings fans are everywhere and, it seems, prominent in the field of lasers and their use as in high-speed communication systems. Victor Torres Company, Associate Professor at Chalmers, published a News and Views article in Nature titled ‘One ring to multiplex them all’ 

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