The Joy of X

...or 'Tis Pity She's an X.

Some works have titles that are just really easy to have fun with. All you have to do is replace a word or two, and there you go - instant funny title!

With other works... Well, substitute "well-known" for "easy to have fun with", and "memorable" for "funny". After all, what better way could there be to make people remember the title of your new work than making it a Shout-Out to a William Shakespeare title?

In other words, this is about the phenomenon of the title of a work being used as a template for other titles. The key feature is that the structure of the title is distinctive enough that even when replacing one or more words, it's still obvious what the reference is.

More generally, popular phrases with a variable element used in this manner as templates are termed "snowclones". See The Other Wiki.

See also Stock Shoutouts, Memetic Mutation. If your title is a Shout-Out to something other than another title, it's a Literary Allusion Title. If it's an episode title referring to another episode title of the same series, they're Cross Referenced Titles. For trope title examples see This Trope Is X or pretty much any Title Tropes of your choice.

Some of these are bound to be Parallel Porn Titles.

Please list lots of actual examples of title variations, rather than just the template - it's more fun that way!

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  • The Joy of X, the Trope Namer, is an interesting zigzag: most titles of this form reference The Joy of Sex, which was itself titled in reference to The Joy of Cooking. Conveniently, it also makes this a Just for Pun trope and a Self-Demonstrating Article.
    • In the Discworld book Maskerade, Nanny Ogg writes The Joye of Snackes - as a cookbook where every recipe is either an aphrodisiac, a double entendre, or both, it manages to reference both of this template's originals.
    • "The Joy of Sect" is an episode of The Simpsons.
    • There's a book entitled The Joy of Sox, talking about socks. It's incredibly amusing.
    • The Joy of Sox is also the title of a baseball blog.
    • The Joy of Lexx: Defunct Lexx fan site
    • The Joy of Pokémon (the 92nd Pokémon episode, naturally)
      • A later episode is "The Joy of Water Pokemon".
    • "The Joy of Sects" is a title of a class about religions in the novel Love Among the Walnuts (itself a Joy of X title — see below).
    • There is a webcomic entitled "The Joy of Tech".
    • The Joy Of TeX (yes, that formula markup language ... which, for the uninitiated, is pronounced "tecchhhh", rhyming with "blecchhhh", not "tex", according to ''The TeXbook''.)
    • The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory, a math textbook.
    • The Joy Of Painting (Bob Ross art instruction series)
    • Charles Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
    • The Joy of Work, a Dilbert book
    • Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish and its sequel The Joys of Yinglish
    • The Joy of Origami, a book of origami models and instructions for folding them.
    • Sara Lee has a slogan entitled "The Joy of Eating", which is also found on the packaging of their Soft and Smooth breads.
    • "The Joy of Sax," album by the Capitol Steps
    • A BBC documentary about statistics, and how it doesn't have to be boring, is called "The Joy of Stats".
    • The Joy of Signing is a guidebook for learning American Sign Language.
    • In The Front Page, a Freudian psychiatrist publishes The Joy of Impotence after being shot in the groin.
    • The Joy of Lex is a book about fun with words (think 'lexicon').
    • And, to end off all this madness, someone wrote a book actually titled The Joy of x... said book was about algebra and calculus.
    • Another one titled The Joy of X is about the X Window System.

  • There was a spate of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About X (But Were Afraid to Ask) - starting with the sex manual Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex....
    • Charmed featured "Everything You Wanted To Know About Magic Portals (but were afraid to ask)".
    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe considers The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be more controversial than a book titled Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Sex but Have Been Forced to Find Out.
    • Everything You Wanted to Know About Guilt but were too ashamed to ask
    • The book Fight by Eugene Robinson has the subtitle Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking.
    • There was a TV special called Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask.
    • There is a documentary called Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Computers... But Were Afraid to Ask.
    • There is a Czechoslovakian film called Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Experience.
    • There is a short documentary called Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Swing But Were Afraid to Ask.
    • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic of all things, Twilight breaks out Slumber 101: All You've Ever Wanted to Know About Slumber Parties (But Were Afraid to Ask).
    • The Sea Lions' nearly eponymous album Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask
    • James McCawley wrote Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know About Logic (but were Ashamed to Ask)

  • Xing Toward(s) Y (Slouching Towards Bethlehem) - started as a Literary Allusion Title, but has morphed into template pattern.

  • A Tale of Two X - starting with A Tale of Two Cities

  • X for Dummies (Note that the publisher has actually trademarked the phrase "for Dummies", so actual published works with this formula do not exist outside of the official series. Ironically, there is no such volume about ventriloquism.)

  • How to Verb X and Other Verb Y - starting with the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    • How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People by Jonar Nader
    • How to Lose Friends and Irritate People by Justin Pearson
    • How to Talk Dirty and Influence People, memoir by Lenny Bruce
    • How to Make Enemies and Irritate People an album by Screeching Weasel
    • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, memoir by Toby Young & 2008 movie
    • "How to Lose Friends by Influencing People," Part Two of How Not to Write a Play by Walter Kerr

  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned From X.
    • Erma Bombeck, All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loemann's Dressing Room.
    • Dave Marinaccio's All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek
    • The horror short Everything I Needed to Know About Zombies I Learned from the Movies.
    • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum is probably the original.
    • Where There's a Will There's a Way Or, All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Shakespeare by Laurie E. Maguire.
    • El Paradigma: All I Really Need to Know in Business I Learned at Microsoft by Julie Blick.

  • A Are From B, C Are From D. - starting with Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

  • I, X. Like The Joy of X, the generally-parodied template (I Robot) isn't the original (I, Claudius or maybe something even older). See I, Noun for examples.

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective X (People)
    • The Dilbert collection, Seven Years of Highly Defective People.
    • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, a Fictional Document from Schlock Mercenary. At least, until it was retconned into The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries after the author got a cease-and-desist notice from the creators of the original Seven Habits of Highly Effective People book.
    • The 666 Habits of Highly Effective Demons, a magazine article in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (and probably a Woolseyism)
    • In The Simpsons episode "Brother's Little Helper" Bart is reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Pre-teens"

  • Sex and the Single X, or Sex and the Y X - starting with Sex and the Single Girl.

  • Fear And Loathing in X - starting with Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

  • Zen and the Art of X - starting with Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which itself refers back to Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. The title of the latter is often quoted with an "and" instead of "in".

  • The Art of X - starting with The Art of War
    • The Art of Raising Dogs
    • The Art of Small Talk
    • The Art of Manliness
    • The Art of Love
    • The Art of Sex
    • The Art of Shaving
    • The Art of Trolling
    • The Art of Quartet Playing
    • The Bart of War (The Simpsons)
    • The Art of Noise (Band), and The Art of Noises (Luigi Russolo essay which inspired the band name)
    • The Art of Computer Programming, Donald Knuth's still unfinished book series.
    • The Art of Software Testing, a landmark work on software testing by Glenford J. Myers.
    • The Art of AVRT, a book on Addictive Voice Recognition Therapy, a method for stopping addictive behavior.
    • The War of Art, a book about art and creativity, by Steven Pressfield.
    • Books of production art from a popular movie usually follow the formula "The Art of {movie title}"
    • Interestingly enough there's no "The Art of Art" (there's The Art of Art History though)

  • The Tao of X, starting with The Tao of Pooh, the book that popularized Taoism in western society by relating it to Winnie-the-Pooh
    • The Tao of Archery, the second issue of the Great Ten miniseries (also a pun; Celestial Archer's real name is Xu Tao).
    • The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh of Homer
    • The Tao of Programming
    • The Tao of Steve
    • Dao of Pow is the tao used as a flail

  • X Sutra - starting with the Hindu Sutras, followed by the Jain Sutras. Most modern examples are in parody of the Kama Sutra

  • Are You There, God? It's Me, X - starting with the classic Judy Blume young adult novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret..
    • The Venture Bros., "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"
    • South Park, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus"
    • King of the Hill, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill"
    • "Are You There, God? It's Me, Childhood", an article at Salon.com
    • "Are You There, God? It's Me, Madison Avenue", an article on advertising that seems to have multiple homes on the Web.
    • Supernatural, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"
    • Are You There, God? It's Me, Kevin, an autobiographical book by Kevin Keck
    • "Are You There, God? It's Me, Detroit", an article in the Detroit Free Press
    • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler
    • "Are You There, Cthulhu? It's Me, Margaret"
    • Are You There, Primus? It's Me, Starscream. A Transformers fanfic.
    • "Are You There, Margaret? It's Me, God" was probably inevitable, but its most well-known use is a song title.

  • The Compleat X - starting with "The Compleat Angler," by Izaak Walton.
    • The Compleat Al
    • The Compleat Conductor, a book on conducting by Gunther Schuller
    • ''The Compleat Dying Earth" by Jack Vance
    • The Compleat Beatles, a book of lyrics
    • The Incompleat Folksinger by Pete Seeger
    • In-universe example: The Compleat Atlas in Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series.
    • The Compleat Enchanter, an omnibus edition of L. Sprague de Camp's Harold Shea short stories.
    • The Compleat Turkey, a book of cartoons by Sandra Boynton illustrating irritating types of people by comparing them to turkeys. The turkey on the cover is insisting that the title should be spelled "complete", for example.
    • The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide
    • The Compleat Practical Joker, a 1954 book by H. Allen Smith

  • Love In The Time/Age of X - starting with Love In The Time Of Cholera.
    • Love In The Age of iPods, a book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
    • Love in the Age of Fishsticks, a film made in 2008.
    • Love In The Age of Drought, a novel by Fiona Higgins
    • Love in The Age of Silicone, an article about Real Dolls
    • In one episode of The Simpsons, Marge can be seen reading a pirate-themed romance novel called Love in the Time of Scurvy.
      • And in another, Lisa is reading Love in the Time of Coloring Books.
    • Love in the Time of LOLCats by Achewood's Ray Smuckles.
    • Love in the Time of Science, an album by Emilíana Torrini.
    • "Love in the Time of Dragons", an episode of Merlin and a novel by Katie Mc Allister.
    • Love In The Time of Goblins, Book One of the Hot Goblin Brotherhood Saga in Skin Horse
    • "Love in the Time of HYDRA", an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About X - starting with What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, a story from Raymond Carver. Yes, the one referenced in the movie Birdman.
    • What We Talk About - song by Old 97's that appears on the 1999 album Fight Songs
    • What We Talk About (When We Talk About Love) - 2005 song by Deus
    • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami's 2007 memoir centered on running
    • The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop - and Why It Matters - 2008 book by Tricia Rose
    • What We Talk About When We Talk About Ralph Samson - article by Chuck Klosterman that appears in the 2009 anthology book, Eating the Dinosaur
    • That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable - Cthulhu Mythos short story written by Nick Mamatas and published in the 2009 anthology Lovecraft Unbound: Twenty Stories (ed. Ellen Datlow)
    • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank - 2011 book by Nathan Englander
    • What We Talk About When We Talk About War - 2012 book by Noah Richler
    • What We Talk About When We Talk About God - 2013 book by Rob Bell

  • Doing X With Gun And Camera - starting with Captain Ralph Bonehill's book Out With Gun and Camera - that, or Hunting Big Game in Africa with Gun and Camera, a film from 1922.
    • By 1930, this title was already being parodied, in the form of George Chappell's Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera.
    • Through the Uncanny Valley With Gun and Camera - a recent blog about James Cameron's Avatar.
    • Whale Hunting with Gun and Camera by Roy Chapman Andrews
    • Another Discworld parody: Ridcully is the author of Along the Ankh with Bow, Rod and Staff with a Knob on the End.
    • Into the Outdoors with Gun and Camera, an adventure included with the second edition of the Paranoia role-playing game.

  • The X's Tale - starting with The Canterbury Tales as the Trope Namer, but sadly not the Trope Maker. The original is a frame story where X means "told by the", not "about a".
    • A Knight's Tale Including a character supposedly being Chaucer.
    • The Handmaid's Tale
    • "A Rogue's Tale" (X-Men episode)
    • The Bard's Tale
    • Many, many examples are subtitled like this in the Star Wars Expanded Universe anthologies Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba's Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
    • All the stories in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe collection Short Trips: Repercussions have the slight variant of "The X's Story". The X in each case is someone who Charley meets in the Framing Story, and who tells her the story of why they had to be removed from time.
    • The historical mystery series by Margaret Frazer featuring the nun Sister Frevisse all have "The X's Tale" titles ... and are set in the 15th century, just a generation or two after Chaucer.

  • X in Wonderland - starting with Alice in Wonderland

  • The Book of X - starting with most of the books of The Bible, other religious texts, and the medieval Books of Hours

  • X Come Home starting with Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight (1938)

  • What Every Young X Ought to Know — started by What a Young Husband Ought to Know by Sylvanus Stall and similarly-titled books in the Self and Sex Series of "social hygiene" books published around the turn of the 20th century
    • In Bell Book And Candle, Shep tells Nicky he should call the book he's collaborating with Redlich on What Every Young Witch Ought to Know.
    • In Of Thee I Sing, Wintergreen claims to be writing a book titled What Every Young President Ought to Know.
    • Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse makes mention of What Every Young Policeman Ought to Know.

  • The Un-X-able Y-ness of Z — started with The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
    • "The Unbearable Blightness of Being," episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers
    • "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank," episodes of King of the Hill
    • "The Unbearable Heatness of Fire," episode of Squidbillies
    • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Family," episode of Judging Amy
    • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Scooter," episode of Eek The Cat
    • "The Unbearable Lightness of Boring," episode of L.A. Law
    • "The Unbearable Lightness of Light Beer," episode of Conan
    • "The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing," episode of Pokémon
    • "The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene," episode of Bob's Burgers
    • "The Unbelievable Wrongness of Talking," episode of Becker
    • "The Unblairable Lightness of Being," episode of Gossip Girl

  • The World According to X — started with The World According to Garp
    • The World According to Dave Barry (a compilation of Dave Barry Talks Back, Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits)
    • "The World According to Freedom," episode of Hill Street Blues
    • The World According to Irving, 2012 documentary on the author of The World According to Garp
    • "The World According to Matt," episode of Melrose Place
    • "The World According to Mendelsohn," episode of Sheena
    • The World According to Sesame Street, 2006 documentary about Sesame Street

  • The Man with the Golden X — started with The Man With The Golden Arm

  • Life Begins at N — started with Life Begins at Forty by Walter B. Pitkin
    • Life Begins at 6:40, Adam collection
    • Life Begins at 8:30, 1942 movie
    • Life Begins at 8:40, 1934 Broadway revue
    • Life Begins at 17, 1958 movie
    • "Life Begins at Fifty," episode of My Family

    Live Action TV 
  • The, well, X Files.
    • The Rockford Files may be the earliest example
    • The Springfield Files (The Simpsons)
    • The Dresden Files
    • The Radio Times once had a cut-out-and-keep series of fact-files on characters from The Archers called "The Ambridge Files".
    • The Goodies File, the book of the series.
    • The Odessa File and The Ipcress Files, a good two decades before The X Files.
    • The Dead Files, a history show.
    • From Germany: Aktenzeichen XY, a real-life crime show running for a long time before Akte X.

  • British media love Have I Got X For You and X Behaving Badly for punning headlines.
  • Will the Real X Please Stand Up? (from the game show To Tell the Truth)
    • "The Real Slim Shady", a song from Eminem containing the lyric "Would the real Slim Shady please stand up...".
    • "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?", an episode of The Twilight Zone.
    • "Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?", a cartoon series.

    Music 
  • X on a G-String (Air) - perhaps not so common in the English-speaking world, but oddly popular in Japan (where it takes the form G-Senjou no X).

  • The X formerly known as Y - starting with Prince, it has its own page.

  • X Meets Y Uptown - Started by King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown, a dub reggae album by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby.
    • Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown, a compilation album.
    • The Big Man and the Scream Team Meet the Barmy Army Uptown, a single by Primal Scream and On-U Sound.
    • Tayo Meets Acid Rockers Uptown (a dubstep group)
    • Last Train to Trancentral (Meets the Moody Boys Uptown), a remix of The KLF's single ''Last Train to Trancentral" by The Moody Boys.

  • What's So Funny About X, Y and Z? - Started by the Elvis Costello song (actually written by Nick Lowe) "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?"
    • "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," episode of Casualty
    • "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?" (Action Comics #775)
    • "What's So Funny About War, Pain, and Cynicism?", New York Sun article about the films of Buster Keaton

    Poetry 
  • Love Among X - starting with Robert Browning's 1855 poem "Love Among The Ruins".
    • P. G. Wodehouse's Love Among The Chickens
    • Jean Ferris' novel Love Among The Walnuts
    • Eric Alter's collection of eight one-act plays, Love Among The Squirrels
    • The film Love Among Thieves
    • Starship, the 1980s-vintage successor to Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship, recorded a song entitled "Love Among The Cannibals"...
    • ...which itself is a reference to Wright Morris's 1957 novel Love Among the Cannibals.
    • Ogden Nash's short poem Love Under the Republicans(Or Democrats).
    • The fictional play within Avatar: The Last Airbender titled "Love Amongst The Dragons".
    • In Dream Girl, Clark mocks Georgina's literary ambitions by suggesting that she wants to write "Love Among the Heifers: a pastoral in nine cantos, with costumes by Abercrombie and Fitch."
    • Referenced in The Stand, with one of the military guys thinking of 'love among the viruses' when he sees two people who died after getting it on.

    Radio 
  • One X's Family - starting with One Man's Family
    • Tex Avery did "One Ham's Family" and "One Cab's Family" for MGM.

    Theatre 

    Unknown 
  • The Life (and Times/Adventures/Etc.) of X

  • Memoirs of a(n) X
    • Memoirs of a Geisha
    • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
    • Memoirs of an Exorcist
    • The Science Fiction film Memoirs of a Survivor.
    • The 1979 film Memoirs of a French Whore.
    • The German film Memoirs of a Frustrated Hedonist.
    • The 2010 romance film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
    • Memoirs of a Cigarette, a documentary film about the history of smoking.
    • The Brazilian film Memoirs of a Gigolo.
    • The 2009 documentary Memoirs of a Black Latina.
    • The short comedy film Memoirs of a Blogger.
    • The short animated film Memoirs of a Scanner.
    • Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  • Me, Myself, and X
  • So You Want to be an X
  • [Insert Unlikely Activity Here] for Fun and Profit
  • X "They" Don't Want You To Know About Oddly enough, "They" are rarely easily defined. Amazon gives you the following:
    • Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau
    • Challenged by Natural scams "he" doesn't want you to know about, an article by Michael Shermer in Scientific American.
    • Debt Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
    • The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
    • Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know About Shock Treatment by Linda Andre
    • The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don't Want You to Know About the "Next Big Pandemic" by Dr. Joseph Mercola
    • The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About — Because They Helped Cause Them by Iain Murray
    • The 6 Dirty Little Secrets They Don't Want You To Know About Network Marketing by Gavin M-R
    • An Enlightened Vision Of Cyberspace and The Grand Illusion Which Threatens It... (The Secret Business Revolution They Don't Want You To Know About!) by The Core Executive Team — Zephyr Media
    • Natural Secrets Drug Companies Don't Want You to Know About by Mark A. Stevens with Christine Jones
    • What They Don't Want You to Know About Television and Videos by Lawrence Kelemen
    • Prehumous (As opposed to Posthumous): UNPOETIC POEMS about SEX, Violence and Secrets they don't want you to know by Steven Selman
    • The Natural Bird Flu Cure "They" Don't Want You to Know About by David J. Kennedy
    • The Tricks of the Rich: What They Don't Want You to Know About Making Money and Accumulating Wealth by Paul A. Overy and Ken Lee
    • This also shows up as "What they won't tell you about X" or "X they won't tell you about Y"... too lazy to get examples now.
  • The X's Daughter
    • The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde.
    • The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine Mc Mahon.
    • The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen.
    • The Arsonist's Daughter (1847) by Josef Kajetan Tyl, a 19th century Czech dramatist.
    • The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice.
    • The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan.
    • The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
    • The Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn
    • The Devil's Daughter (1991).
    • The Doctor's Daughter
    • The Farmer's Daughter (1947 and 1976)
    • The General's Daughter by Nelso De Mille.
    • The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates.
    • The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch.
    • The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.
    • The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.
    • The Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell.
    • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
    • The Mistress' Daughter by A.M. Homes.
    • The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty.
    • The Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Berničres.
    • The Ringmaster's Daughter by Jostein Gaarder.
    • Sculptor's Daughter (literal translation of Bildhuggarens Dotter) is an autobiographical novel by Tove Jansson.
    • The Shepherd's Daughter.
    • The Smuggler's Daughter.
    • The Squatter's Daughter.
  • X Considered Harmful is a popular naming convention in Computer Science circles. Originating from Edsger Dijkstra's letter Go To Statement Considered Harmful, nowadays it's possible to find Considered Harmful articles concerning almost anything computer-related.
  • The Thin X Line, where X is usually a color.
  • Aliens Ate My X (possibly from Lurid Tales of Doom headlines)
  • The Private Life of X

    Multiple/Other 
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge has The Joy of Hex as well as several others courtesy of the Phatt Island library catalog:
    • Memoirs of a Woman of Dubious Pleasure
    • A Fistful of Barnacles
    • Breakfast at Meathook's
    • Great Expectorations (By Captain Loogie)
    • My Mother the Cart
    • So You're Going to be Executed...
    • The Little Organ that Could
    • Crochet Eyepatches for Fun and Profit
    • Louse Ranching for Fun and Profit
  • After you win or retire in Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, the game chooses a book title to represent your reign. Most are a parody of a famous book title, and include:
    • "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Organic Superlubricant (But Were Afraid to Ask)".
    • "Zen and the Art of Missile Rover Maintenance"
    • "Are You There, Planet? It's Me, FACTIONLEADER."
    • "All I Ever Wanted To Know I Learned In The Cloning Vats"
    • "Men Are From Chiron, Women Are From Nessus"
    • "The 27 Habits of Highly Effective Talents"
    • "Transcendence For Dummies"
    • "Mindworms in the Mist"

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