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Sugar Plantations in the West Indies

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed The T71 files have been converted into an online database; a free, publicly available resource.
posted by infini on Jul 12, 2015 - 38 comments

No, really, how DO you avoid huge ships?

The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year (previously on Metafilter) has revealed its 2015 shortlist. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 27, 2015 - 46 comments

REQUIEM FOR A FRONT PAGE POST - A Quinn Martin Production (In Color)

15 Main Title Sequences From Quinn Martin TV Shows. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 21, 2014 - 14 comments

Do We All Float Down Here? One Clown Says Yes

These editors decided to rewrite book titles to sound like clickbait. The results will astound you.
posted by divabat on Jan 24, 2014 - 169 comments

The [INSERT JOB TITLE]'s Daughter

"I was curious to see how many of these books there actually are, so I did a search for books with 'The' and 'Daughter' in their titles on Goodreads. Afterward I spent some time copying and pasting all instances of The ___’s Daughter into an Excel spreadsheet. How much time? A lot..." [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 7, 2013 - 106 comments

Oddest book titles of the year

Oddest book titles of the year
posted by anothermug on Feb 23, 2013 - 26 comments

Put simply, the opening credits to Hostage have no business looking as good as they do.

The Onion AV club looks at 13 movie opening title sequences that are far better than the movies they're attached to.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 26, 2012 - 60 comments

Cupcake Justice

Tonight, two new fall shows premiere: Mob Doctor, which is about a doctor who works for the mob, and Revolution, which is about a devastating global power outage and — more than that — a revolution. Neither of these shows particularly requires your attention, but taken together, they emphasize that essentially, all you need to make a show is the right combination of title-friendly words. In fact, if you take the correct 25 words, you can combine them (often in either order!) to create all the television we will see in the next ten years.
posted by malapropist on Sep 19, 2012 - 108 comments

"I don’t believe in decorative titles — neato for the sake of being neato."

"David Fincher: A Film Title Retrospective"Art of the Title follows up on their interview with Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Aug 27, 2012 - 21 comments


We've all seen various works that are "Untitled". Reasons given for leaving works "Untitled" include Edward Hopper's "If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." Others simply wish the art to "speak for itself". Some consider a title a necessary part of enhancing a work's commercial value. Others would never cop to contaminating their art with such a consideration. Some artists speak of "unease" and are conflicted about the subject while others are apparently under the influence of the post-modern tradition. Others think that it is evidence of "laziness" on the part of the artist, or in some way "selling their work short". Even when titles are given the creator has a fundamental choice to make. Some argue against "Untitled" out of sheer practicality.
posted by spock on Jul 20, 2012 - 53 comments

Book Spine Poetry

Book Spine Poetry is poetry made from the words on the spines of books.
posted by roaring beast on May 4, 2012 - 6 comments

Here Be Dragons

HBO's Game of Thrones, "Narnia populated by super-hard bastards", has been a ratings and critical success and has already been picked up for a second season. HBO have a secret weapon in bringing George R. R. Martin's fantasy epic to screen: An awesome title sequence that doubles as a painless infodump.
posted by Artw on May 5, 2011 - 300 comments

The gentleman shows himself a good time

Once Upon a Title - "pervy little stories made entirely from children's book titles"
posted by BeerFilter on Oct 31, 2010 - 17 comments

The Movie Title Stills Collection

The Movie Title Stills Collection [via] [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 7, 2010 - 5 comments

The Art of Choosing a Title

The Land of Underwater Birds - a novelist looks at the art of choosing a title for your novel.
posted by empath on Feb 20, 2010 - 34 comments

Strip and Knit In Style Was In Fourth Place

The winner of this years Diagram Prize for the oddest book title is "The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais." Runners up were "Curbside Colon Consultation," and my favorite Baboon Metaphysics.
posted by Xurando on Mar 27, 2009 - 15 comments

The Art of the Title Sequence

The Art of the Title Sequence [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 3, 2008 - 19 comments

Books Oprah Wants to Club

It's time again for the greatest literary competition this side of Bulwer-Lytton: The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title (previously), and YOU can vote here for your favorite from 'the shortlist':
I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen (scroll down to see the author's blog)
How to Write a How to Write Book (other books by the author, mostly unavailable)
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues (written by a woman)
Cheese Problems Solved (ONLY £135.00)
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs (with extra points for the author's name: Big Boom)
and People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood (this might be declared ineligible since the publisher's cover picture shows a shortened title) [more inside]
posted by wendell on Feb 22, 2008 - 33 comments

Forget the Film, Watch the Titles

Forget the film, watch the titles is a collection of high quality streaming video versions of graphically well-designed title sequences from a number of movies, both famous & less well known, with the only prerequisite being amazing design. My favorite from the collection is this one, which is very similar to my favorite title sequence ever. For rabid Title Sequence enthusiasts with 20 minutes to spare, these YouTube clips contained edits of the top 25 best title sequences ever, (as chosen by the guy who put the clips together).
posted by jonson on Jun 24, 2007 - 47 comments

"Love in the Time of Cholera:" 8.6% "Harry Potter:" 45.6%

Put a little commerce in your art with Lulu's Titlescorer, a widget that analyzes your book title's chances of gracing the top of the New York Time's bestseller list.
posted by Iridic on Nov 26, 2006 - 69 comments

I Hope I Can Fit The Title Of This Post Here Becau...

Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3 is currently in production. Some other long movie titles of note.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Nov 9, 2005 - 29 comments

Your most obedient servant

When you write a letter to the Pope, be sure to end it: I have the honor to remain Your Holiness's obedient servant, but for a Cardinal, simply use: Yours very truly. And remember that Emperors are addressed Your dignified Majesty while Kings are just called Your Majesty. Titles can be quite fascinating, for example, Queen Elizabeth is also an official Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Gynecologists and is an Honorary Bachelor of Music at the University of Wales. Even if you don't have those impressive titles, you can definitely find one for you in the giant Dictionary of Occupational Titles (largish html file - my personal favorite is "Fancy packer"); or just go for some obsolete job titles.
posted by blahblahblah on Nov 7, 2005 - 40 comments

Titles Designed by Saul Bass

Saul Bass may not be a name familiar to the casual movie fan, but in his forty year career he created some of the most striking credit sequences around. From comedy to creepy he left his mark on any movie he was involved with. Not Coming breaks down twenty-four of his most famous works.
posted by beowulf573 on Aug 22, 2005 - 16 comments

My head hurts.

Working Title Animation of Steven Hill's 3186 movie title screens. (via Waxy via B3ta)
posted by fungible on May 6, 2005 - 9 comments


Got a title but no song? Like an Exploding Dog for music, Request-a-Song.com takes submitted titles and composes songs around them, with some surprisingly good results.
posted by o2b on May 3, 2005 - 6 comments

Songs Titles containing the numbers 1 - 100

Songs titles containing the numbers 1 to 100.
posted by kenaman on Mar 16, 2005 - 68 comments

I've Lost My Love Machete (In the Dense Jungle of Your Heart)

Fake Jim Steinman song titles.
posted by kenko on Feb 20, 2005 - 17 comments

Arise Mr Gates

Bill Gates to receive honorary Knighthood. Apparently for his contribution to enterprise in the UK and charity work. He will not be able to use the title "Sir" but will be entitled to put the letters KBE after his name
posted by MintSauce on Jan 26, 2004 - 30 comments

Final Fatality: the direct-to-video movie title generator.

Final Fatality: the direct-to-video movie title generator. Now all you need is Chuck Norris or the guy from Beastmaster and a DV camera! And, Ka-Ching! Watch the money roll in!
posted by turbanhead on Jan 8, 2004 - 1 comment

That's Dame to you, bucko.

Buy your very own title! You too can become a Lord, a Lady, a Duke, a Duchess... except you really can't, according to the very annoyed Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford.
posted by headspace on Jul 7, 2003 - 23 comments

Creative porno

Creative porno movie titles are a surefire way to grab the buyer's attention. Just check out this list to see what I mean. Anybody know of any that are missing?
posted by hidely on May 31, 2001 - 24 comments

Credit Card Nation?

Credit Card Nation? And people who bought this book also purchased Fast Food Nation. Is the U.S., then, no longer Prozac Nation. Do we live in Hackneyed Nonfiction Title Nation? Or is it really a Credit Card Abusing, Fast-Food Eating Nation on Prozac?
posted by raysmj on Apr 11, 2001 - 17 comments

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