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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My upcoming album, 'Linked List', has covers of 'The Purple People Eater', the Ninja Turtles theme, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', and the Power Rangers theme, with every song played to the tune of the next.
Title text: My upcoming album, 'Linked List', has covers of 'The Purple People Eater', the Ninja Turtles theme, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', and the Power Rangers theme, with every song played to the tune of the next.

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Are there any patterns to the choice of article titles? Are there other references to earlier comics in the article titles than the one mentioned in the wiki links section? How would the song go - is it only the first few lines, or could the lines replace the hole song apart from the "turtle power" cry?
If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

In reference to the recently released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Randall has compiled an alphabetical list of Wikipedia article titles that follow the same syllable-stress pattern as the theme song of the 1987 cartoon series. That pattern appears to be long-short-long-short-long-short-long-short, known in poetry as trochaic tetrameter. Some of the items on this list (e.g. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) are drawn in the same style as the logo from that series. Those wiki article titles that are drawn like this, do not follow the alphabetic list of those written in normal text. But even these headlines are listed alphabetically from top to bottom. The block of wiki article titles next to each of these headlines are alphabetically listed from top to bottom - so the entire comic is supposed to be read from top to bottom, starting with the headline to the left, and then reading the text to the right, and then changing this at the next headline etc.

Some of these phrases are not actually the titles of Wikipedia articles, but rather the full names given in articles' lede sentences. For instance, the article on Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie appears under the title "Woody Guthrie," as that is the name by which he is most commonly known, and thus is preferred by Wikipedia policy.

See also 856: Trochee Fixation and 1383: Magic Words - other comics dealing with a similar concept.

The title text suggests an album of songs (The Purple People Eater, the aforementioned Ninja Turtles theme, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers theme), the title or primary refrain of which are made up entirely of trochaic meter. The refrains of the songs, respectively are "One-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater"; "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"; "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Go go Power Rangers". The tie to trochees seems to be limited to the repeated lines, as the surrounding lines aren't necessarily made up of trochees. Further, it seems to ignore any incidental words between the repeated lines. Randall suggests that the lyrics to these songs might be interchangable to the point that the lyrics of each would be sung to the melody of the song following it in the tracklist. Randall would title the album Linked List as each song would melodically reference the next song.

The Wikipedia links

There are 6 headlines and 9 other article links in each block next to a headline for a total of 60 wiki links:

  1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    1. Biggest Loser: Second Chances
    2. Cayman Island blue iguana
    3. Central Texas pocket gopher
    4. Church of Jesus Christ Creator
    5. Climate change and meat production
    6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    7. Daylight saving time in China
    8. Denver Airport People Mover
    9. Easter Island spiny lobster
  2. Asian Human Rights Commission
    1. Edgar Allan Poe Museum
    2. Engine failure after take-off
    3. English as a second language
    4. Former Arctic Monkeys members
    5. Fowler's Modern English Usage
    6. Georgia Game and Fish Department
    7. Golden-mantled howler monkey
    8. Greater Cleveland Film Commission
    9. Hairy flower chafer beetle
  3. San Diego City Council
    1. Harland David "Colonel" Sanders
    2. Human Tissue Resource Network
    3. Klondike class destroyer tender
    4. Legal code of North Dakota
    5. Lesser knapweed flower weevil
    6. Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket
    7. Maple syrup urine syndrome
    8. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
    9. Nablus mask-like facial syndrome
  4. Single payer health insurance
    1. Neo Geo Pocket Color
    2. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
    3. Newton's second law of motion
    4. North Korean Workers Party
    5. Orange County Business Council
    6. Over/under cable coiling
    7. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
    8. Places named for Adolf Hitler
    9. Proton-proton chain reaction
  5. Spotted giant flying squirrel
    1. Puerto Rican lizard-cuckoo
    2. Quantuum vacuum plasma thruster - see 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma
    3. Rocky Mountain spotted fever
    4. Royal Flying Doctor Service
    5. Russian Women's Fascist Movement
    6. Semi-active laser guidance
    7. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    9. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
  6. Women science fiction authors
    1. Trailing suction hopper dredger
    2. Vector graphics markup language
    3. Viti Levu giant pigeon
    4. Voting rights in Puerto Rico
    5. William Henry, Duke of Gloucester pronounced /ˈglɒstər/ (gloster).
    6. Windows Vista startup process
    7. Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
    8. Yaba monkey tumor virus
    9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Trivia

  • Randall mistyped the word "album" as "alubm" in the original title text but it was fixed later.
  • He did not correct the word Quantum, which is mistyped Quantuum in the comic.

Transcript

WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE TITLES
With the right syllable stress pattern
to be sung to the tune of the original
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Biggest Loser: Second Chances
Cayman Island blue iguana
Central Texas pocket gopher
Church of Jesus Christ Creator
Climate change and meat production
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Daylight saving time in China
Denver Airport People Mover
Easter Island spiny lobster
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Engine failure after take-off
English as a second language
Former Arctic Monkeys members
Fowler's Modern English Usage
Georgia Game and Fish Department
Golden-mantled howler monkey
Greater Cleveland Film Commission
Hairy flower chafer beetle
Asian Human Rights Commission
San Diego City Council
Harland David "Colonel" Sanders
Human Tissue Resource Network
Klondike-class destroyer tender
Legal code of North Dakota
Lesser knapweed flower weevil
Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket
Maple syrup urine syndrome
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Nablus mask-like facial syndrome
Neo Geo Pocket Color
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
Newton's second law of motion
North Korean Workers Party
Orange County Business Council
Over/under cable coiling
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Places named for Adolf Hitler
Proton-proton chain reaction
Single payer health insurance
Spotted giant flying squirrel
Puerto Rican lizard-cuckoo
Quantuum vacuum plasma thruster
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Russian Women's Fascist Movement
Semi-active laser guidance
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Trailing suction hopper dredger
Vector graphics markup language
Viti Levu giant pigeon
Voting rights in Puerto Rico
William Henry, Duke of Gloucester
Windows Vista startup process
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
Yaba monkey tumor virus
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Women science fiction authors

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