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1 Summary

Here's a selection of… how to say it nicely… let's stick with "strange" paper titles I've been finding while browsing arXiv… Some titles just have a completely unnecessary, uninformative first part (e.g., "The penguin in the box: observations of my favorite galaxy, the latte coffee galaxy"). Some titles try to make a pun or a reference to some popular movie or book… Some are just hard to describe… As you guess, I'm advocating for simple, straight to the point titles. The title should be serious, informative, provide enough elements so the reader knows what it is about, without being too long. The list is only for astro-ph papers (hep-ph and hep-th papers are also worth it). There's no link, just look for the title in astro-ph!

2 Newspaper headlines (fake news maybe?)

2.1 The result is so clear that it's worth a strongly affirmative title

  • Ultra-light Dark Matter is Incompatible with the Milky Way's Dwarf Satellites
  • Supersoft X-ray emission from a white dwarf binary not powered by nuclear fusion
  • 50% of Quasar Outflows are Situated at Least 100 Parsecs From the Central Source
  • Enhanced atomic gas fractions in recently merged galaxies: quenching is not a result of post-merger gas exhaustion
  • Star-forming galaxies are predicted to lie on a fundamental plane of mass, star formation rate and α-enhancement
  • The gas-phase metallicities of star-forming galaxies in aperture-matched SDSS samples follow potential rather than mass or average surface density
  • Optically thick HI does not dominate dark gas in the local ISM
  • AGN must be very efficient at powering outflows
  • The Milky Way has no in-situ halo but it has a thick disc. Composition of the stellar halo and age-dating the last significant merger with Gaia DR2 and APOGEE
  • No magnetars in ULXs
  • Comments on "No magnetars in ULXs" waiting for remarks on comments on "No magnetars in ULXs"
  • Yes, multi-periodic dwarfs in Upper Scorpius are binaries waiting for the competitor's paper: No they are not
  • Not So Heavy Metals: Black Hole Feedback Enriches The Circumgalactic Medium
  • Dense gas is not enough: environmental variations in the star formation efficiency of dense molecular gas at 100pc scales in M51
  • Outflows from dwarf starbursts are ubiquitous: kinematics of z<0.3 GRB-SN hosts resolved with FLAMES
  • The fundamental metallicity relation emerges from the local anti-correlation between star formation rate and gas-phase metallicity existing in disk galaxies
  • There is no magnetic braking catastrophe: Low-mass star cluster and protostellar disc formation with non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics

2.2 Clickbait

  • Supernovae from blue supergiant progenitors: What a mess! oh boy
  • Spectacular HST observations of the Coma galaxy D100 and star formation in its ram pressure stripped tail the point of the paper is to show some spectacle
  • MUSE sneaks a peek at extreme ram-pressure stripping events - IV. Hydrodynamic and gravitational interactions in the Blue Infalling Group
  • Denuded Dwarfs Demystified: Gas Loss from dSph Progenitors and Implications for the Minimum Mass of Galaxies astroporn?
  • Ultimate Merging at z~0.1

3 The dark side

  • Can dark energy evolve to the Phantom? a new superhero maybe
  • Cloudshine: New Light on Dark Clouds too many light/dark words, I'm confused
  • Through a Mini Halo, Darkly
  • Peering into the dark side: magnesium lines establish a massive neutron star in PSR J2215+5135
  • Black vs. Dark: Rapid Growth of Supermassive Black Holes in Dark Matter Haloes at z ~ 6
  • Into the Darkness: Classical and Type II Cepheids in the Zona Galactica Incognita

4 Forced puns (sigh…)

  • Crossing the Line: Active Galactic Nuclei in the Star-forming region of the BPT Diagram
  • Taller in the saddle: constraining CMB physics using saddle points
  • Gone after one orbit: How cluster environments quench galaxies
  • Sunscreen: Photometric Signatures of Galaxies Partially Cloaked in Dyson Spheres
  • The Shocking Power Sources of LINERs- Stars behind bars I: The Milky Way's central stellar populations
  • Go with the Flow: Understanding Inflow Mechanisms in Galaxy Collisions
  • The Red Dead Redemption Survey of Circumgalactic Gas About Massive Galaxies. I. Mass and Metallicity of the Cool Phase
  • Be it therefore resolved: Cosmological Simulations of Dwarf Galaxies with Extreme Resolution Alleluia
  • Reionization in Technicolor coming soon to your screens
  • The alignment is in their stars: on the spin-alignment of stars in star clusters
  • Roll of the Dice: A Stochastically Sampled IMF Alters the Stellar Content of Simulated Dwarf Galaxies
  • The Lazy Giants: APOGEE Abundances Reveal Low Star Formation Efficiencies in the Magellanic Clouds
  • 'The Brick' is not a brick: A comprehensive study of the structure and dynamics of the Central Molecular Zone cloud G0.253+0.016
  • The Fall of a Giant. Chemical evolution of Enceladus, alias the Gaia Sausage
  • The gentle monster PDS 456: the kpc scale molecular outflow and its implications for QSO feedback
  • Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. X. Understanding the Absorption-Line Holiday in NGC 5548 Holiday?!
  • LARgE Survey. I. Dead Monsters: the Massive End of the Passive Galaxy Stellar Mass Function at Cosmic Noon
  • Through thick or thin: Multiple components of the magneto-ionic medium towards the nearby HII region Sharpless 2-27 revealed by Faraday tomography

5 Seasonal astronomy

  • Late Bloomer Galaxies: Growing Up in Cosmic Autumn followed by…
  • After The Fall: The Dust and Gas in E+A Post-Starburst Galaxies
  • Changes: The Past, Present, and Future of the Nearby Dwarf Galaxy NGC 55

6 Do you see what I see

  • Do You See What I See? Exploring the Consequences of Luminosity Limits in Black Hole-Galaxy Evolution Studies
  • Appearances can be deceiving: clear signs of accretion in the seemingly ordinary Sextans dSph
  • Hidden in plain sight: a massive, dusty starburst in a galaxy protocluster at z=5.7 in the COSMOS field
  • Hyperluminous starburst gives up its secrets
  • From the Outside Looking in: What can Milky Way Analogues Tell us About the Star Formation Rate of Our Own Galaxy?

7 Questions (and some of the worst titles…)

  • Where's the flux? seriously?
  • The Sagittarius dwarf galaxy: Where did all the gas go? Fate of the gas in the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy maybe?
  • Tip of the iceberg? Selection effects in X-ray AGN and their impact on black hole-galaxy evolution studies
  • How big is the Sun: Solar diameter changes over time
  • Cepheid and RR Lyrae Variables as Standard Candles and What Else? Nespresso product placement?
  • The Metal-poor non-Sagittarius (?) Globular Cluster NGC 5053: Orbit and Mg, Al and Si Abundances is the (?) a missing piece of latex symbol?

8 Is that right?

  • Not All Stars Are the Sun: Empirical Calibration of the Mixing Length for Metal-Poor Stars Using 1-D Stellar Evolution Models

9 Popular references

  • Ghost busting: introducing a new, robust galaxy finder algorithm for simulations
  • The curious case of the companion: evidence for cold accretion onto a dwarf satellite near the isolated elliptical NGC 7796
  • Jekyll & Hyde: quiescence and extreme obscuration in a pair of massive galaxies 1.5 Gyr after the Big Bang
  • Dust in the Wind: Composition and Kinematics of Galaxy Outflows at the Peak Epoch of Star Formation
  • The Little Engines That Could? Globular Clusters Contribute Significantly to Reionization-era Star Formation
  • A Tale of Two Narrow-line Regions: Ionization, Kinematics, and Spectral Energy Distributions for a Local Pair of Merging Obscured Active Galaxies
  • A tale of two clusters: dynamical history determines disc survival in Tr14 and Tr16 in the Carina Nebula
  • Snake in the Clouds: A new nearby dwarf galaxy in the Magellanic bridge
  • Two-Face(s): ionized and neutral gas winds in the local Universe
  • Do Androids Dream of Magnetic Fields? Using Neural Networks to Interpret the Turbulent Interstellar Medium
  • KIC 2568888: To Be or Not to Be a Binary
  • Smoking Gun of the Dynamical Processing of the Solar-type Field Binary Stars

10 WTF category

  • But What About… Cosmic Rays, Magnetic Fields, Conduction, & Viscosity in Galaxy Formation
  • The axis of evil
  • Local Pancake Defeats Axis of Evil
  • The TP3-WFS: a new guy in town
  • Red, redder, reddest: SCUBA-2 imaging of colour-selected Herschel sources
  • The Elephant in the Room: The Importance of Where and When Massive Stars Form in Molecular Clouds
  • Evolution of spatio-kinematic structures in star-forming regions: are Friends of Friends worth knowing?
  • Three candidate double clusters in the LMC: truth or dare?
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: Stellar Wind Retention and Expulsion in Massive Star Clusters
  • Does slow and steady win the race? Investigating feedback processes in giant molecular clouds
  • Cuckoo's Eggs in Neutron Stars: Can LIGO Hear Chirps from the Dark Sector?
  • The K2 M67 Study: Revisiting Old Friends with K2 Reveals Oscillating Red Giants in the Open Cluster M67
  • When H II Regions are Complicated
  • Rapid Reionization by the Oligarchs: The Case for Massive, UV-Bright, Star-Forming Galaxies with High Escape Fractions

11 Necrology

  • Autopsy of the Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
  • Dissecting star-formation in the "Atoms-for-Peace" galaxy: Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope observations of the post-merger galaxy NGC7252 this one is a doubly strange… atoms-for-peace galaxy… oh boy, I think I prefer catalog numbers

12 Anthropocentric titles

  • A rogues gallery of Andromeda's dwarf galaxies II. Precise Distances to 17 Faint Satellites
  • The Greenhouse Effect in Buried Galactic Nuclei and the Resonant HCN Vibrational Emission
  • Giant Elephant Trunks from Giant Molecular Clouds
  • Galactic chimney sweeping: the effect of 'gradual' stellar feedback mechanisms on the evolution of dwarf galaxies

12.1 Related: random in earth, amazing in space

  • Orion Source I's disk is salty
  • Alcohols on the rocks: solid-state formation in a H3CCCH + OH cocktail under dark cloud conditions

13 Life where there is none

  • The Life Cycle of the Central Molecular Zone. I: Inflow, Star Formation, and Winds

14 Tales

  • A Cautionary Tale of Attenuation in Star Forming Regions
  • When the tale comes true: multiple populations and wide binaries in the Orion Nebula Cluster
  • A Tale of Two Clusters: An Analysis of Gas-Phase Metallicity and Nebular Gas Conditions in Proto-cluster Galaxies at z~2

15 Naming

  • Radio continuum emission from local analogs of high-z faint LAEs: Blueberry galaxies
  • A Sparkler in the Fireworks Galaxy: Discovery of an Ultraluminous X-ray Transient with a Strong Oxygen Line in NGC 6946

16 Dance and "poetic" references

  • Dancing in the Dark: Satellites of dwarf galaxies as probes of the first star formation
  • Cosmic dance in the Shapley Concentration Core - I. A study of the radio emission of the BCGs and tailed radio galaxies
  • Dances of the Stars: Constraining the Polarization Content of Gravitational Waves with Astrometry
  • The seven sisters DANCe IV. Bayesian hierarchical model
  • The Shards of Omega Centauri
  • Shape is Destiny: Configurational Entropy as a Lifetime Predictor and Pattern Discriminator for Oscillons
  • Sailing on the Sagittarius Stream with Gaia DR2. I. The globular cluster NGC5634
  • The Maxwell's demon of star clusters
  • Looking Under a Better Lamppost: MeV-scale Dark Matter Candidates
  • Stars that Move Together Were Born Together
  • Fire in the Heart: A Characterization of the High Kinetic Temperatures and Heating Sources in the Nucleus of NGC253
  • Neutron skins of atomic nuclei: per aspera ad astra
  • Clouds in Arms
  • A pot of gold at the end of the cosmic "raynbow"?
  • Catching butterflies in the sky: Extended catalog of winged or X-shaped radio sources from the latest FIRST data release
  • Voracious vortexes in cataclysmic variables: II. Evidence for the expansion of accretion disc material beyond the accretor's Roche-lobe

17 Is the first part of the title really necessary?

  • Variations on a theme of AGN-driven outflows: luminosity evolution and ambient density distribution
  • Precision Pollution - The effects of enrichment yields and timing on galactic chemical evolution
  • In disguise or out of reach: first clues about in-situ and accreted stars in the stellar halo of the Milky Way from Gaia DR2
  • Modeling with the Crowd: Optimizing the Human-Machine Partnership with Zooniverse
  • All at once: transient pulsations, spin down and a glitch from the Pulsating Ultraluminous X-ray Source M82 X-2
  • And yet it flips: connecting galactic spin and the cosmic web
  • Not so different after all: Properties and Spatial Structure of Column Density Peaks in the Pipe and Orion A Clouds
  • The little things matter: relating the abundance of ultrafaint satellites to the hosts' assembly history

18 New sayings

  • The Fastest Travel Together: Chemical Tagging of the Fastest Stars in Gaia DR2 to the Stellar Halo
  • Think Global, Act Local: The Influence of Environment Age and Host Mass on Type Ia Supernova Light Curves
  • What Is Inside Matters: Simulated Green Valley Galaxies Have Centrally Concentrated Star Formation

19 Versus

20 Acronyms

Author: Vianney Lebouteiller

Created: 2019-09-11 Wed 11:22