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Carolyn Johnson’s science column in the Boston Globe yesterday had a funny bit about the blog, LOLmythesis, “a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the futility and incrementalism that can seem to be at the root of a project that has basically co-opted a person’s life.” She means science projects.

“Harvard senior Angie Frankel told the origin story of LOLmythesis on National Public Radio,” writes Johnson, “explaining that ‘I have killed so many fish’ sometimes just feels much more accurate than the true title of her thesis, “Characterizing the Role of [A Specific Gene] in Second Heart Field Progenitor Cells — A Close Look at Zebrafish Embryonic Cardiogenesis.”

There are other funny thesis titles at LOLmythesis from universities around the world. Here are a few.

“Rocks that are next to each other in Massachusetts now were also next to each other 400 million years ago.” — Geology, Amherst College

“A newly discovered worm protein does the same thing as a more well-known worm protein.” — Biology, MIT

“People reach faster and straighter to [take] pictures of cake than pictures of vegetables.” — Cognitive Neuroscience, Brown University

“Turns out my 3 years of research made zero ripples in reproductive biology. But spending 3 years researching bull sperm serves as a great first date and bar topic.” — Reproductive Biology & Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Read more here. And how about sending me your own? I remember making up silly titles for possible papers when I was in college, but the funnier part of my fake title “Soap Imagery in ‘Troilus and Cressida’ ” was that someone actually thought it could make a good paper.

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Pick a thesis title for this research. How about “People from similar backgrounds tend to be wary on first acquaintance.”

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