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Hilarious scientific studies go viral with ‘Fantastic yeasts and where to find them’ tweet

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?’

The accompanying caption of the viral tweet read: ‘STOP THE INTERNET! I just found the world’s best paper title.’

It now has a total of 48,200 likes and nearly 15,000 retweets and 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.  

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