Many of you know I’m a big fan of funny/creative paper titles. What with journal editors squashing every last ounce of humanity our of scientific papers, it always makes me happy to see someone else fighting the editorial machine. Today a friend sends me “Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC – Last Call for Predictions,” by S. Abreu et al arXiv:0711.0974 (scirate here.) which cracks me up.
I’m not sure why it cracks me up, but probably because it makes me think of an overloaded boat leaving the dock with a bunch of crazy haired theoretical physicists flinging themselves at the boat at the last moment. Supersymmetric dudes holding onto the rails, string theorists examining the knots the sailors made, and phenomenologists of all kinds kicking back with a beer and a stack of the backs of envelopes. Yeah, I guess “best title ever,” is definitely in the eye of the beholder.
If anyone spots good new titles out in the wild, I’d love if you sent them my direction. I’ve just made a full category just for “best title ever”s (you have to say that phrase just like the Simpson’s comic book guy.)