Sarcastic Essay Topics:
Why you should believe every word of an infomercial (pick your favorite).
Why people like watching funny cats videos.
Why you are not an expert at anything but gaming.
Why watching violent video doesn’t fry your brains.
Why smoking is good for you.
What your driving instructor never told you.
What your dog is really thinking.
Why Walmart is your favorite store.
Why you love it when your computer freezes up.
Why the customer is never right.
Why teenagers deserve to have the worst jobs for the worst pay.
Why the clothes really do make the man.
Why you need your Starbucks coffee.
Thank you, officer, I really needed that ticket.
Why you love your last name.
Humor Topic Ideas:
What would happen if cats ruled the world.
Where all the mismatched socks go.
Why I hate country music (or rap, classic rock, hip hop, jazz, etc.).
The worst song in the world.
Why people love to watch shark attack shows.
What happens when you use the tanning booth too much.
Why your video game skills should get you a good job.
Why you love email spam.
Why wearing braces is fun.
How playing with Barbie changed your life.
Why Mickey Mouse frightens you (or clowns, or some other icon or celebrity).
How to pretend to enjoy watching sports.
How to pretend you are actually working.
What it is really like to look like a model (or Barbie).
Why _____________(comedian’s name) is my hero.
Relationship Topics for Laughs:
What girls wish guys knew.
What guys wish girls knew.
Ten signs a guy likes you.
How to have a very awkward date.
Things girls do that guys hate.
Types of dates.
Ten signs a guy is not interested in you.
A guy’s makeup advice for girls.
How to become popular.
“No news is good news” does not apply to your social life.
How to get back into the “friendship zone.”
How to break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend.
Why Instagram friends are the best.
How not to get asked out on a date (or how not to ask a girl on a date).
How to be really annoying (in life or on Facebook or another social media platform).
How to annoy your parents (or other family members).
How to be an obnoxious boyfriend (or girlfriend).
How not to win the girl of your dreams.
How to lose your BFF.
How to tell a white lie and get away with it.
Why girls exercise more than boys.
Why can’t we have the Un-Hunger Games?
Why I want someone to steal my identity.
Making Social Commentary Hilarious:
Global warming is not for sissies.
How to know if a politician is telling the truth.
A better way to get things done in Washington.
How to win the war against terrorism without even trying.
What did the feminist movement ever do for you?
Thank you, officer, I needed that ticket.
Why _________should be the next president (fictional character, movie actor, celebrity.)
Why we really need less gun control.
How Google makes us smarter.
Why advertising works.
Why animals should have more rights than you.
The real causes of global warming.
What I really love about smog.
Radioactive waste is your friend.
Recycling is just for sissies.
Stereotypes are good for you.
Talk radio is my friend.
Why we shouldn’t have freedom of speech.
Being homeless isn’t so bad.
What organic foods really are.
School Topics for Wisecrackers:
Why high school teachers should never retire.
How to write a paper an hour before it is due.
Why _________________ should be a national hero.
What to do if your roommate puts their biology project in your refrigerator.
Why math (science, English, etc.) is my favorite subject.
Why every girl in Texas wants to be a cheerleader.
How to help your roommate decide to move.
How to succeed in school without really trying.
How to win friends and influence teachers.
Why some people should drop out of high school.
How to annoy your roommate.
Why I love fundraising.
Why every teenager needs an iPhone (or other device) in school.
How to write a book report on a book you’ve never read.
How to have a stress-free college experience.
How not to get a good sleep in college.
Why staying up studying is really good for you.
Why I love saying the pledge of allegiance.
Why standardized tests are the best.
What intelligence tests really tell you.
Why you should never get less than an “A.”
How high school stereotypes are good for you.
My dream college.
Why you should let me into your college.
How to study hard and have fun at the same time.
Funny Families:
Why teenagers should take over the family credit cards.
Why your grandmother needs an iPhone.
When your mother forgets your birthday, you know you’ve had a bad day.
Why I should have been an only child.
Things my mother always says.
How to really annoy your parents (or other family members).
How to get your parents to give you money.
Why my dog is my best friend.
What your dog is really thinking.
What did the feminist movement ever do for you?
Can I join your family?
Why every teenager needs an iPhone (or other device).
What would happen if cats ruled the world.
Where all the mismatched socks go.
Why men should be stay-at-home dads.
Mistakes my parents made (but now it is too late).
10 Things You Should Never Say to a Guy
What Makes a Really Bad Tattoo?
What Guys Really Wish Girls Knew
How dangerous is pollution to our health?
Are Beauty Pageants Good for Kids?
Will phones and tablets replace paper? Should cities invest in universal WiFi? Should schools allow cell phone use in class?
Obesity and Dieting Topics:
Why are Americans rapidly becoming more obese?
What can be done to help children maintain a healthy weight?
How can people lose weight and keep it off?
Is weight gain caused by genetics, environment, or some other factor?
How do naturally thin people stay that way?
What is the relationship between food, exercise, and weight?
Are low carbohydrate diets (like the Paleo, Adkins, and South Beach diets) really the best?
Do planned-meal diets like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem really work to help people keep weight off?
Why are Weight Watchers and other calorie-counting diets often considered the best by doctors?
Is controlling weight really a matter of “calories in, calories out?”
What is the best diet for a young adult?
Can vegetarian diets be healthy?
Why are so many people now choosing to go on gluten-free diets?
Is sugar really bad for you?
Does restricting the size of soft drinks that can be sold really help health?
Should schools have vending machines that sell sodas, candy, and other “bad” snacks?
What can schools do to promote better health in students?
Does intermittent fasting really help you to be more fit?
How can morbidly obese people lose weight safely?
Is the T.V. show The Biggest Loser helpful in motivating people to be healthy? Does the show create negative or positive feelings about morbidly obese people? Does it exploit the contestants?
What causes anorexia? How can it be prevented? How can you help an anorexic friend? Why are more young men becoming anorexic?
What is morbid obesity? How does morbid obesity affect a person’s health?
What should we do about the cost of healthcare for overweight people? Should there be a greater insurance premium for people who are obese?
Is surgery a good method for people to lose weight?
Are sugar substitutes helpful for dieting?
Is fat really bad for you? Is a low fat diet the best?
Recycling and the Environment Topics:
What can we do to help people around the world have clean water to drink?
Is hunting good or bad for the environment?
Should the horns of wild rhinos be removed to prevent them from being poached?
Can we protect wild areas and animals by promoting eco-tourism?
Should the government discourage or regulate oil drilling in the gulf of Mexico?
What are the dangers of fracking?
Does recycling really make a difference?
Should all states adopt a deposit on soft drink bottles and cans in order to promote recycling?
Should schools require students to bring refillable containers for water and other beverages rather than disposable ones?
Should supermarkets charge for plastic bags in order to encourage the use of reusable bags?
Should your city (or campus) do more to encourage recycling?
What causes people to litter? What could motivate people to clean up after themselves?
What causes earthquakes? What can we do to reduce death or damage from earthquakes? Or how can we better predict them?
Does being a vegetarian or vegan help the environment?
Can using LED lights make a difference?
How can composting help save the environment?
What is hazardous household waste and why is it important not to throw it in the regular trash?
What is deforestation? How does it happen? Can it be stopped?
What is fracking? Is fracking worth the risks? Does fracking hurt drinking water?
What is a carbon footprint? How can we change our carbon footprint?
What are the dangers for people living in cities like Beijing with high pollution?
Is nuclear energy really safe?
What should be done with nuclear waste?
What is the best way to handle our trash? Are landfills a good idea?
Where can we use solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources effectively? What is the best way to encourage alternative energy use? (Government regulations? Incentives? Helping companies that produce these products? Advertising?)
Family and Relationship Essay Ideas:
Should mothers stay home with their children?
Do long distance relationships work?
How can divorce be prevented?
Is divorce something that kids can recover from?
Are teenage marriages a good idea?
Should teenagers that get pregnant keep their children?
How can you get out of “the friend zone”?
How can you know you are in an abusive relationship? Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
What are the effects of domestic violence on children?
Who should do the chores in a family?
What are helicopter parents and how do they help or harm their children?
Is it good to be an only child?
Is doing sports together a good thing for families?
How have video games impacted family life?
Why do some people treat their pets as family members? Is this a good or bad thing?
How important are grandparents to children today?
How does interracial adoption affect a family?
Are large families better for children?
How does birth order affect children?
Do older people make better parents?
Have cell phones and social media made families closer or not?
How should (or shouldn’t) you use social media in a dating relationship?
How long should people date before they become engaged?
What makes people have a happy, long-lasting marriage?
Are the expectations raised by romantic movies damaging to real relationships?
Technology Topics:
What is nanotechnology and how has it already changed our lives?
How will nanotechnology affect dentistry or medicine?
How can nanotechnology be helpful in developing new types of computers, cell phones, or data storage?
Does using cell phones make people more or less connected?
Do cell phones cause a cancer risk?
What should the laws be concerning the use of cell phones while driving?
Have social media and texting hurt or improved the lives of teenagers?
Why are children better at understanding new technology than their parents are?
Do violent video games cause people to act out violently?
Should schools use video games as a teaching tool?
Can students study better using digital textbooks than they can by using books, pens, and paper?
Will paper and books become obsolete?
What is the difference between reading on a screen and reading a book?
Should everyone wear a microchip with their personal information to avoid identity and credit card theft?
Should parents be able to choose the genetics of their children?
Are smart watches going to replace cell phones?
What is the next big leap in technology?
Which is better, the PC or the Mac?
If we can help people live longer through technology, should we? Is there a balance between quantity and quality of life?
How can 3-D printers be used effectively?
What is Nanotechnology?
Easy Step-by-Step Writing Instructions:
Pick a topic question from the lists above.
Decide your answer to the question (this is your beginning thesis).
Write down everything you know about the topic.
Talk to your friends or family to find out what they know, have heard, or have read recently about the topic (have them give you the source if they know it).
Look at some of the research articles or web sites about that topic.
Look back at your question and refine your answer. After gathering information, you may want to change it.
Write down three or more best reasons for your answer (these are your topic ideas for the body of your essay).
Using those reasons, look at the articles you’ve read or the ideas you’ve already written down for some evidence to support those reasons (this is the backup evidence for each topic sentence).
Write your outline, then follow it to write your paper.
Science Topics for Research Papers:
Can microbial factories be an answer to the shortage of raw metals?
Is the paleo diet (eating mostly meat) really the way prehistoric people lived? Is it the optimal diet for humans?
Is Europe’s opposition to genetically modified crops about science or economics?
Is autism a kind of brain damage?
How can we help autistic savants become productive members of society?
Are annual doctor’s check-ups really necessary? Are they really the best way to help people stay healthy?
Can endangered areas and animals be saved by helping local people develop alternative economies like raising tropical fish or ecotourism?
Can researching rare genetic disorders help provide keys to understanding cancer and other illnesses? (see Laron syndrome)
How important is it to explore our solar system? Is space exploration really necessary?
What is dark energy? What do we really know about the universe we live in?
Why do we sleep? How much sleep do we really need?
What is chronic fatigue? Is it a real disease and if so, what causes it? Can it be cured?
Is it beneficial or harmful for wild animals to have interactions with people?
Which of the current science fiction movies is the most plausible? (pick one or more and evaluate its representation of science)
How well do science museums really teach science?
Why do birds have such beautifully colored feathers?
Scientists who study behavioral epigenetics suggest that traumatic experiences such as the Holocaust or the Cultural Revolution in China actually affect the DNA handed down to the next generation. Is behavioral epigenetics true? If so, how should we apply this idea?
How are insects being used as models for miniature robots?
What have we learned about the universe from meteorites?
Did humans interbreed with Neanderthals?
How did human speech develop? Are there clues we can find in researching primate social interactions?
How do we remember things? How reliable are our memories in recalling how things really happened?
Why are some diseases that we thought we had eradicated (like the measles or whooping cough) returning to infect people?
Why do animals hibernate?
As men age, do they pass on genetic abnormalities to their children?
How can microelectronics be used to help people with chronic ailments?
What developments in nanotechnology are currently being made for medical applications?
What is the effect of nanotechnology on research and development of medical technologies?
Can microelectronics inside of contact lenses help diabetics control their blood sugar?
What is nanotechnology for medical use?
How can “smart clothes” be used to help medical patients?
How can nanotechnology be used to treat cancer patients?
Do the benefits of nanotechnology for medical uses outweigh the risks?
What are the risks of developing nanotechnology in medicine?
How can nanotechnology be used in working with DNA?
Should we use nanobots to produce and deliver drugs to human patients?
Are nanofibers the answer to repairing spinal cord and brain injuries?
Should we use nanotechnology to feed ourselves?
What are the challenges of nanomaterials and nanodesigns?
How could nanomedicine be used to better treat patients in remote regions or the developing world?
Can nanomedicine potentially extend the human lifespan?
Wll nanotechnologies make it possible for people to live in outer space?
How can nanotechnologies help us clean up toxic waste?
What is nanomaterial?
How should nanomaterial be regulated?
How can nanotechnology improve diagnostic testing in patients?
Can covering surfaces with nanoparticles improve airplanes, houses, and other structures?
Is nanotechnology a viable commercial idea? Should we invest in further research and development?
Is the desktop nanofabrication tool a viable option for low cost, easy nanotechnology?
Can nanomaterials be used to reduce CO2 emissions?
Is stem cell research ethical?
What is a chimera and how could it help stem cell research?
What are the potential benefits and risks of stem cell research?
Are microbes that create chemicals and antibiotics going to help us prevent infections?
What is the best treatment for leukemia?
What is gene therapy?
What causes skin cancer?
What is the best strategy for people to avoid getting cancer?
Which cancers are we closest to finding cures for?
What has been the impact of colonoscopy testing on colon cancer rates?
Why do so many women get breast cancer?
Why is malaria such a difficult disease to eliminate?
Will global warming make tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever travel north?
What is the best strategy to slow the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases?
Why doesn’t the flu vaccine work all the time?
How likely is it that a pandemic will arise that will kill large numbers of people in the world?
How well do childhood vaccines prevent diseases?
What is the West Nile virus?
Why do people get epilepsy? How can it best be treated?
Do doctors rely too much on expensive medical imaging technologies?
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Can memory loss and dementia be prevented?
How do cells protect the body from disease?
Does Chinese traditional medicine work better than Western medicine in some cases?
What is the best indicator of an increased risk of heart disease?
How Will Robotics Change Lives?
What technologies are in development to help people who are paralyzed?
How does sleep deprivation affect health?
Should sugar be regulated like a drug?
What are the benefits and disadvantages of individual genome profiling?
What is the Human Connectome Project and how will mapping of the human brain contribute to scientific knowledge?
Are some cancers caused by genes?
Who are the Denisovans and how does their discovery alter our view of human evolution?
Can we develop an anti-cancer vaccine?
What can we do about crops which absorb toxins, such as the recent discovery of arsenic-tainted rice?
What is the ideal weight for longevity? What is the connection between diet and lifespan?
What is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)? Are we really in a post-antibiotic era as the CDC recently announced? What does this mean?
Should scientific publication and grant systems be changed to give private citizens and younger scientists a voice if they have good ideas?
Which diet choice is better: low fat, low sugar, or low carbs?
How can polio be eradicated? Why has the disease resurfaced?
How important are the bacteria living in your bowels?
How close are computers to mimicking the human brain?
How can video gamers be used to solve scientific problems?
Do cell phones or microwaves cause cancer?
Astronomy and Physics:
How old is the universe?
What happened in the “Big Bang?”
Was there ever life on Mars?
Why is Pluto no longer a planet?
What caused the Astroid Belt?
What has the International Space Station discovered that is most important?
Is it realistic that people can live on another planet?
How will private space flight companies change the future of space exploration?
Should the United States return to the moon and try to go to other planets?
It has been claimed that going into space is important for scientific development. Is that true? What scientific breakthroughs have come about through the space programs?
What is the future of commercial space flight?
What is the likelihood that a comet will strike the earth? What is the best way to detect and stop this?
How can we solve the problem of “space junk”?
How have meteorites changed our view of the Universe?
Is it likely that there is life on other planets? What would it take for a planet to have life?
What is “Dark Matter” and why is it important?
What are black holes?
How has the Hubble Space Telescope changed the way we look at the Universe?
What is Higgs Boson? Will itdestroy the Universe?
How do sunspots affect us on earth?
How will private space flight companies change the development of space resources?
What is the likelihood that the Earth would be struck by a large asteroid or comet like the one believed to have killed off the dinosaurs? What can we do about it?
Should humans really make the effort to find a way to live in space or on other planets?´
Topics About Relationships:
What causes divorce?
What is the effect of divorce on children? Does the age of the child make a difference?
How does the divorce of parents effect the dating and marriage relationships of their children?
What is the effect of long distance on relationships?
How does living together before being married affect a relationship?
What causes men to be afraid of commitment?
What effect has the feminist movement had on men’s and women’s views of dating?
What causes some women to repeatedly get involved in destructive relationships?
What effect does having an abortion have on a dating relationship?
What causes children to rebel against their parents?
What effect has social media had on family relationships?
What causes sibling rivalry?
What effect does birth order have on personality (or career)?
What effect does a happy and fulfilling marriage have on a person’s health?
Does going to college cause people to have better marriages?
What is the effect of grandparents raising a child?
What causes teenagers to become sexually active?
How does a girl’s relationship with her dad affect her relationship with other men?
What is the effect of growing up in a single-parent household?
What is the effect of being a twin?
What the effect has China’s one child had on family relationships? How will the new two child policy change family dynamics?
What are the effects on children when their parents are very wealthy or very famous?
What causes parents to over-schedule their children’s activities? (Or what is the effect of over-scheduling on the child?)
What causes a family to have close relationships?
What is the effect of family vacations on family relationships?
What Is the Effect of Poverty on Children?
Social Issue Topics:
What causes poverty in the U.S.?
What are the effects of growing up in poverty?
What causes homelessness?
What effect does growing up with food insecurity have on children?
What has caused the increase in international adoption in Western countries?
What is the effect on children (or adults) of watching news reports of natural disasters, terrorist strikes, sexual predators, and other fearful situations?
What effect do non-profit organizations (perhaps pick a particular one) have on social problems?
What is the effect of more baby boomers reaching retirement age?
What is the cause of men still out-earning women in wages?
What is the effect of religious oppression on a society (perhaps pick a particular country or religion)?
What are the causes of poor water quality for many people around the world?
What are the effects of inadequate sanitation on a community?
What is the cause (or effect) of continued discrimination and racism?
What causes people with disabilities to be unable to get jobs?
What is the effect on children of growing up in poverty?
Medical Topic Suggestions:
What has caused the dramatic rise in overweight and obese adults in the U.S. in the last ten years?
What causes the increasing number of children affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
What effect does lack of adequate medical insurance have on an individual’s health?
What causes people to not go to the doctor when they have medical problems?
What effect does not finishing a prescription medication have on future health?
What is the cause (or the effect) of people not getting their children vaccinated?
What causes the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa?
What is the effect of climate change on infectious medical diseases?
What is the effect of globalization on the spread of disease?
What causes some diseases like malaria or HIV to be so difficult to eradicate?
What effect does stress have on health?
What effect has cancer research had on stopping cancer deaths?
What causes people to get cancer?
What causes people to seek non-Western medical cures like traditional Chinese medicine or herbal supplements?
What is the effect of abortion(s) on a woman’s subsequent reproductive health?
What effect does birth control have on women?
What effect do regular dental check-ups have on oral health?
What causes people to go blind?
What causes people to develop allergies?
What effect does an increased use of technology have on health?
What causes cardiovascular disease?
What effect does exercise have on the body?
What causes people to make healthy living choices?
What causes so many healthcare providers to be overweight?
What are the social effects of having braces on teeth?
Technology Topic Ideas:
What effect does cell phone use have on teenagers?
What causes families to buy unlimited cell phone plans?
What are the effects of violent video games on young children or teenagers?
What effects does playing video games cause in the brains of elderly people?
Does online shopping cause people to spend more money?
What effect does social media have on teen relationships?
What are the causes (or effects) of cyber bullying?
What causes social media sites to lose popularity?
What are the effects of picture and video-based social media sites like Snapchat or Instagram on teenage social interaction?
What causes a video game to be popular?
What effect does moving away from computers and towards tablets and smartphones have on how we browse the Internet?
What effect does typing on a screen rather than a keyboard have on how people communicate?
What causes Google to be the most popular search engine?
What are the social effects of everyone on the planet having cell phones?
How have smartphones affected business practices?
Topics About Education:
How does standardized testing affect student dropout rates?
What effect does being labeled “gifted and talented” have on students?
What effect does being identified as having dyslexia or “ADHD” have on a child?
What causes students to think school is boring?
Does using technology like iPads or smartboards in classrooms cause students to learn better?
What is the effect on learning when students do most of their work reading from a computer or tablet rather than paper and books?
What are the effects of homeschooling on children? (Or what are the social effects?)
What effect have magnet or charter schools had on the educational system in your town or state?
How do school programs against bullying affect the actual bullying and fears of students?
Do single-sex classrooms cause students to learn better?
What are the positive and negative effects of having school uniforms?
What is the effect of having an open high school campus?
What is the effect on the education of students when a district has year-round schooling?
What causes teachers to burn out?
What causes some schools to fail to educate students?
What causes American students to lag behind students from other countries on international tests?
What effect do fine arts have on students?
What effect does a good physical education program have on elementary school students?
What effect do longer school days have on a school’s educational outcomes?
What effect does parent involvement in schools have on education?
History and World Events Topics:
What caused the Civil War?
What are the continuing effects of slavery on American society?
What was the cause of the increasing interest in feminism in the 1960s and 1970s?
How were WWII veterans affected by their wartime experiences?
What effect did WWII have on the Jewish people?
What effect did Christianity have on the Roman empire?
What caused the Arab Spring? What are the effects of the Arab Spring?
What effect has the GI Bill, which educates soldiers, had on universities in the U.S.?
What was the effect of colonialism on Britain’s view of itself?
What were the causes and effects of colonialism?
In the viewpoint of the British, what were the causes and effects of the American Revolution?
What causes the drug wars in Colombia?
What causes illegal immigration?
What are the effects of immigration on a country (pick any country)?
What is the effect of online sales on businesses (in any country)?
What was the effect of the printing press (or other invention) on world history?
What are the effects of globalization on the position of women?
What are the effects of American drone attacks on terrorists and civilians?
What was the cause of the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11?
What is the cause of increased militancy on the part of North Korea?