Research Publication Title of the, I dunno, Year? (Asperger’s Cocktail Party Edition)

23 July 2010

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and melon (C. melo) have numerous wild relatives in Asia and Australia, and the sister species of melon is from AustraliaSebastian et al. PNAS published ahead of print July 23, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1005338107

Cool paper (weak pun not intended [though as soon as you say something like that I suppose it’s a self-defeating prophesy: text reads forwards and backwards, always]). And, anyways I dig this declarative, interjective sounding title, especially with that kicker clause at the end.  I encourage you all to drop this little bit of knowledge the next time conversation hits a lull, I know I will.

6 Responses to “Research Publication Title of the, I dunno, Year? (Asperger’s Cocktail Party Edition)”

  1. Nick Gardner Says:

    I don’t get the ‘Asperger’s cocktail party edition’ line…

    • Neil Says:

      Admittedly a weak joke, one that’s not likely to improve with explication.

      I was struck by the highly specific title combined with the matter-of-fact delivery. As I alluded, I can imagine myself breaking out this factoid as an inopportune non-sequitur among mixed company at a party.

      Congrats on that symphysis paper by the way, great stuff!

  2. Chelsea Says:

    I love clear, modest titles. This will supplant my 10-year old fallback fun fact (“D’you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?”)

  3. Vertebrat Says:

    I like these titles which state the conclusion – they make it much easier to figure out what the paper is about. This one is too long to have much impact, perhaps because the paper has three main conclusions and they won’t all fit in one title. Maybe it could be just “Cucumber and melon originate in Asia and Australia”, since that hints at all three.

    The result for melon is cool, because it means Australia may have produced a major crop after all. All the other inhabited continents have given domesticated plants to the world, but until now Australia has seemed a barren backwater.


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