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Lanxon writes "It's true: 'Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behavior,' 'Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time,' and 'Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull?' are all genuine scientific research papers, and all were genuinely published in journals or similar publications. Wired's presentation of a collection of the most bizarrely-named research papers contains seven other gems, including one about naval fluff and another published in The Journal of Sex Research."

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The 10 Most Absurd Scientific Papers

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  • Naval fluff... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dtmos (447842) * on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:14PM (#31441926)

    ...is really just navel fluff; no military personnel were harmed in the making of this submission. [Insert witty rejoinder here]

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Opportunist (166417)

      Ask any Marine, Naval is fluff.

      Guess everyone knows the old joke where a Marine, a Navy pilot and an Army soldier discuss their accomodations.

      Navy: "Last week was a nightmare, the air condition in our tents failed"
      Army: "Wait, what? You guys got air condition?"
      Marine: "Wait, what? You guys got tents?"

      • Everyone knows the AF has the best living conditions.

        Now let me get back to my desk job. It's only a couple of hours from happy hour.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        A marine, a sailor, and an airman were asked to secure a building.

        The marine built an outer perimeter with barbed wire, set up a rotating schedule for patrols, and stationed an overwatch on the next building over.

        The sailor locked all the doors, turned off all the lights, and waited for the "all clear" signal.

        The airman took out a 30 year lease with an option to buy.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Ihmhi (1206036)

        Just like the Starship Troopers film, it's the difference between Infantry and Fleet.

        The Air Force and Navy are both responsible for equipment that can end up costing millions - or billions - of dollars. What's the most expensive thing you ever figure a soldier in the Marines or Army ever used? An M1 Abrams tank costs about $6.2 million [globalsecurity.org], and even if you crash a tank [thosefunnypictures.com] it can probably be mostly salvaged. Meanwhile, the F-15 costs $43-55 million [globalsecurity.org], and when one goes down it tends to stay down and be unsalvageable

        • by Artifakt (700173)

          Sure, just one lil' ole' M1 isn't all that big a deal, but just try being the ranking soldier in an advance party at deployment. When newly commissioned, I signed for the TO&E of an entire Armored Cavalry Regiment once. Show me the Navy Ensign that's held more paper than that.

  • If I want top ten lists, I'll look at digg.
  • Anyone who's been in a bar fight knows that whether they are sturdier or not, full ones make much better blunt instruments due to their higher mass.

    • by dekemoose (699264) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:23PM (#31442086)

      For a forensic pathologist this actually seems like a somewhat valuable piece of information to have. I'd say that's the one paper on that list with some amount of value.

      • by onepoint (301486)

        well the way I see it, the bottles ability to harm can be measured and recorded, this could lead to a clue about how a fight progressed.

      • This one seems to be kinda interesting too:
        "Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats. "

      • by AndersOSU (873247)

        I think a few of them have some pretty serious merits. I'd pick "Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats" as having the most value.

      • by Artifakt (700173) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @10:06PM (#31447838)

        There's probably some real value in most of these. Take one of the most ridiculous sounding - the bat fellatio paper:
              If there's a natural selection based reason why some bats reproduce better if the males can last longer, that's evidence for sex based selection being able to possibly produce complex secondary behaviors that may not be fully explainable by 'regular' natural selection. The ongoing argument about whether only sexually based selection can account for the rapid increase in pre-human/human brain size is a genuinely significant research area, and this could help craft new studies on that question. Maybe it just looks significant because human sex matters more to most humans than bat sex, but then, that argument fits most biological science.
              Or maybe the bats are exhibiting a learned behavior, found only in some populations of the species. I'd say it's valuable information that creatures with such small brains might have non-instinctive sexual behaviors, and ones that suggest they are motivated by enjoyment rather than reproductive instincts.
              Of course, the study is flawed in that it apparently hasn't addressed the known interspecies Bat-fellatio dynamics involving robins...
         

    • by DJ Jones (997846) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:26PM (#31442136) Homepage
      Um, I've been in many bar fights.

      Never once has there been a full beer anywhere nearby.
    • by pz (113803) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:36PM (#31442376) Journal

      Anyone who's been in a bar fight knows that whether they are sturdier or not, full ones make much better blunt instruments due to their higher mass.

      And yet, if you had taken the time to find the cited article, you would have learned that EMPTY bottles are significantly sturdier. The reasons why are left as an exercise to the reader. Being sturdy has an impact (pun intended) on their utility in blunt-force attacks (again, intended), but mass is arguably more important. Both empty and full bottles were found to have breaking thresholds higher than the human cranium, and so could be used to cause serious injury.

      It's actually not that absurd a scientific question, given that the answer has important legal and forensic implications. And no, Virginia, the bottles you see used in Hollywood movie bar fights are not actually made of glass.

      • And no, Virginia, the bottles you see used in Hollywood movie bar fights are not actually made of glass.

        Do they still use sugar glass, or have they moved on to something else?

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Bowling Moses (591924)
        Both empty and full bottles were found to have breaking thresholds higher than the human cranium..."

        Being a homebrewer, I know there's a hell of a lot of different beer bottles out there. But they're also wrong. In grad school I had a roommate who lost a bet with a friend: he bet that he could break a beer bottle over his own head, which he successfully did, and not bleed. He lost the nickel bet and had to have a third graduate student stitch up his scalp.

        Also reminds me of "The pot game." Inspire
  • by Bicx (1042846)
    ... Is a beer bottle actually sufficient to crack a human skull? I want to know!
  • by Martin Blank (154261) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:27PM (#31442154) Journal

    Swearing as a response to pain. (NeuroReport)
    Helping to understand the pain response can help develop treatments for pain. Knowing why someone would swear instead of just saying, "Ow," might provide some insight into the pathways that deal with pain response.

    Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats. (Alcohol)
    Rats are often used as models for humans to investigate addiction. Finding out where their addictive patterns differ is important to evaluate other addiction research.

    Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull? (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine)
    These kinds of studies are used to help determine insurance rates and in some cases to redesign products or packaging. A new pub glass design in the UK that uses resin to prevent a shattering effect is hoped to decrease the number of dangerous cuts caused by people breaking glasses over someone's head, or breaking and then using the glass as a weapon.

    The nature of navel fluff. (Medical Hypotheses)
    Some things are just so obviously important that they need no explanation.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by magarity (164372)

      new pub glass design in the UK that uses resin to prevent a shattering effect is hoped to decrease the number of dangerous cuts caused by people breaking glasses over someone's head
       
      Sounds like people in the UK need cut back on what's in those glasses if this is such a serious problem.

      • Binge drinking in the UK is reportedly a serious problem. According to an article about the new glasses, there were 87,000 incidents of patrons using a broken glass as a slashing or stabbing weapon. Given that there are fewer than 60,000 pubs in the UK, that's a pretty high rate of occurrence.

        The fact that the new glasses keep the beer cold longer, though, has some drinkers interested in them. There's also a thought (yet to be proved or disproved) that the longer time that the beer is cold will lead to l

        • I'd heard Brits liked warm beer. I drink mine at room temperature (not that I'm a Brit).
          • I mentioned this once to some Brits, and I think a couple of them wanted to break some glasses and come at me. Talking with a former colleague who once did regular pub crawls as a US Marine stationed in Scotland, he said that it varies greatly. A lot of people like it cold, and a lot of people like it room temperature, and a few people like it warm to the touch.

            When my step-grandfather was in Korea as a photographer, he was embedded into an Australian unit on patrol. One winter night, one of them put a p

            • Being "Johnny foreigner" as they call me, in Britain, I have come to find that the myth that British people drink beer warm is a misconception. When discussing what most other european (and to a lesser extent, americans, if you can call that beer) refer to as beer, in Britain that is "lager" and is most always served cold. The warm beer myth exists because British people also drink ale, a different type of beer than most people are used to. Ale is often drunk at room temperature, or even slightly warm. It
        • by magarity (164372)

          fewer than 60,000 pubs in the UK

          I've been to the UK once for a couple of weeks and you can't fool me with this lowball number; there was a pub every couple of hundred feet.

          I further observed, as a public service to fellow travellers, that the more animals in the name, the better the food in an English pub. A place called, for example, "The Wild Hound" would be just OK, "The Wild Hound and The Running Stag", pretty good, and "The Wild Hound, The Running Stag, and the Crazed Boar" will amaze

    • by Bob_Sheep (988029) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:21PM (#31443350)
      I'm surprised this paper [acs.org] from Inorganic Chemistry didn't get mentioned
      • by sdpuppy (898535) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:41PM (#31443782)
        Wow - I wonder if the folks at the ACS will wonder why the paper "{trans-1,4-Bis[(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene}(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Complexes and Their Supramolecular Assemblies with -Cyclodextrin" suddenly became so popular

        and then be disappointed to find out it was the SlashDot effect.

        My question, as a chemist, is what is the equilibrium constant - how fast does it go from product to reactant and back ?

        Also, is the reaction reproducible?

        Are there any degenerate orbitals involved?

        Is it reproducible, even with protecting groups attached?

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by fbjon (692006)
        That is the raunchiest picture I've ever seen in a chemistry paper.
      • by treeves (963993)
        How long have you been waiting to unleash that on /.? +1 Funny.
    • by jgrahn (181062)
      Actually, *all* of them seemed valid to me. Except maybe the Facebook one, but that's based on the silly journal name "Cyberpsychology and Behavior". Mocking them because they mention illegal drugs, curses and cock-sucking seems ... childish.
      • I didn't mean to imply that the others were not valid. I'm a firm believer in performing research simply because someone wondered about the answer to a question. Some of them, however, have more immediate use to daily life than others.

    • by formfeed (703859)

      Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats.

      We should admit more Wistar rats to college then

  • Female bats often lick their mate’s penis during dorsoventral copulation. The female lowers her head to lick the shaft or the base of the male’s penis but does not lick the glans penis which has already penetrated the vagina. Males never withdrew their penis when it was licked by the mating partner.

    That's what I call flexible.

  • TFA (Score:5, Informative)

    by quercus.aeternam (1174283) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:27PM (#31442162) Homepage

    TFA is pretty short - mostly a list, with a short paragraph above it. The link posted in the summary isn't the original, and they don't have links to the articles, just to the /original/ article, which then has links to more on each paper.

    Optimising the sensory characteristics and acceptance of canned cat food: use of a human taste panel. (Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition)

    Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behaviour. (Journal of Experimental Biology)

    Swearing as a response to pain. (NeuroReport)

    Pigeons can discriminate "good" and "bad" paintings by children. (Animal Cognition)

    The "booty call": a compromise between men's and women's ideal mating strategies. (The Journal of Sex Research)

    Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats. (Alcohol)

    Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time. (PLoS One)

    More information than you ever wanted: does Facebook bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy? (Cyberpsychology and Behavior)

    Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull? (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine)

    The nature of navel fluff. (Medical Hypotheses)

    If any of those look interesting, here's the link that actually links: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/category/ncbi-rofl/ [discovermagazine.com]

  • They left out "Chicken Plucking as Measure of Tornado Wind Speed." [Published in "Weatherwise," October 1975, p. 217.]. A paper published by Kurt Vonnegut's esteemed brother Bernard Vonnegut (for which he later won an Ig Nobel award).

  • You could RTFA (Score:5, Informative)

    by ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:29PM (#31442214)
    Or you could just read the source for these sorts of stories [improbable.com] going back twenty years.
  • My personal favorite: "A possible role of social activity to explain differences in publication output among ecologists" by T. Grim in Oikos From the Abstract: .... I show that increasing per capita beer consumption is associated with lower numbers of papers, total citations, and citations per paper (a surrogate measure of paper quality) ... leisure time social activities might influence the quality and quantity of scientific work and may be potential sources of publication and citation biases.
  • Ig Nobel Prizes (Score:5, Informative)

    by silverpig (814884) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:32PM (#31442278)
    Sounds a lot like the Ig Nobel Prizes... http://improbable.com/ig/ [improbable.com]
  • by WyrdOne (96731) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:44PM (#31442540)

    The Annals of Improbable Research, a published journal, has been doing this since 1995. http://improbable.com/ [improbable.com]

    - Current Subscriber
    -- Has been since 1995
    ---Has every issue published since the start
    ---- Homemade zygotes. Just like Mom’s. BOX 48.

  • Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time.

    ...I'm not a fruit bat.

  • by doconnor (134648) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:56PM (#31442800) Homepage

    Quirks and Quarks interviewed the scientist about his paper on "Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behavior" back in Jan 2009. You can download the interview here [www.cbc.ca], in mp3 or ogg format.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Locke2005 (849178)
      Sounds like a waste of good cocaine to me... wait, can I get a research grant to study "The effects of cocaine on stripper pole dance behavior"? Now THAT would be some valuable research!
  • It's not THAT bad (Score:3, Insightful)

    by obarthelemy (160321) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:56PM (#31442808)

    - "Pigeons can discriminate "good" and "bad" paintings by children": does that mean there is such a thing as universal good taste ? Discernible by animals ? Even if not good or bad, do pigeons actually have artistic tastes ? if so, how is it formed ? sounds a somewhat worthwhile study to me... May just be a fluke, though.

    - "Swearing as a response to pain": I actually read a summary of that one... swearing makes pain more bearable, funnily enough. I'm holding out for the complementary study: "does taunting make it hurt more ?"

    - "Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats": again, kinda interesting, might be insightful (- suggested mod for my post) for humans too. would alcohol consumption and/or alcohol-binge related problems actually decrease if alcohol was more readily available ? I'm kinda puzzled by the youth alcohol situation in France vs the UK vs the US. It'd be kinda interesting to know which is the best objectively, before ideological pollution. Starting with animals sounds logical.

    and so on.

    • by Artifakt (700173)

      Knowing if Wistar rats behave like people when it comes to binge drinking is useful if we use Wistar rats for all sorts of animal testing related to alcohol - i.e. someone finds a drug that shows some signs of treating alcoholism and wants to test it on animals before mass human testing. As you put it "It'd be kinda interesting to know..." some things. To find an answer to your question by animal testing, we first need to make sure the animals we use have the necessary similarities to humans in re. alcohol.

    • Without the full text of the "Pigeons" article, I don't know what their experimental methods were, but it could be that they rewarded the pigeons for choosing drawings that the researchers themselves classified as "good" based on some consistent criteria that the pigeons were able to follow.

      Silly as the article's title might sound, it turns out that pigeons are remarkably good at "reading" photographs and drawings. Something we might keep in mind when we dismiss these creatures as "dumb animals" (I'm re
    • by dargaud (518470)

      I'm kinda puzzled by the youth alcohol situation in France vs the UK vs the US

      Having been in teenager in all 3 places, I can see the relevance of this paper. In France if you wanted a beer with friend you could go to a bar, sit, take your time chewing the fat in front of a beer and leave whenever you felt like it, which meant there was no feeling of hurry or pressure. On the other hand in the US, whenever someone managed to get hold of a 12-pack / bottle of rum / keg / etc, we'd drink it as fast as possible in order to minimize the risk of being found out, and also to leave more time

  • by Spitfirem1 (1124377) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @03:59PM (#31442882)

    Whoever got a study funded that allowed them to buy large amounts of bottled beer on someone else's dime was a very smart person indeed.

  • As others pointed out [slashdot.org], some articles don't even require much thinking to see their importance. Others, while causing our inner teens to giggle, not only are still science but also have implications in our lives.

    "Bizarre", yes. "Absurd"? Not really.

  • This week on MythBusters: 'Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull?'

    Cut to shots of a sprint-loaded arm smashing bottles on the head of poor Buster. Quick cut to reaction shot of Cary and Grant.

    Later in the show... Adam and Jamie get to the bottom of our navel fluff mystery.

    • The disturbing thing about that show was the apparent ease with which they were able to obtain real human skulls for research. Is there a company out there just selling human remains to any ol' joker who asks? Where does said company get these remains? I've heard of people donating their bodies "for research" or for medical students, but I've never heard anyone ever say, "When I pass, I'd like my body to be donated for some company's profit."

  • Scientific studies performed without a reason have historically produced results that we can apply to practical applications. This doesnt' always happen and then someone comes around saying "but why are we wasting money on X worthless study"....but what if that study gave us some new piece of knowledge that helped us in some way? What if that study will help someone five, ten, fifteen, one-hundreed years from now?

    So studies that seem worthless today may be great tomorrow. The studies may return immedia
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Barcelona, the most corrupt spanish region, has published in recent years astonishingly stupid papers (some have even won an Ig nobel prize or two). It has also been reported that various research papers have been faked so that they can justify that the money was "spent in I+D grants" when in reality the money ends in the pockets of some politic. I denounce that "scientific papers" as stupid as these are a malversation of our money, even when the money is [b]really[/b] spend in the study, and that there sho

  • by damburger (981828) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @05:21PM (#31444538)

    Its easy for the ignorant to mock, but I can see merit in all of these papers:

    1. Optimising the sensory characteristics and acceptance of canned cat food: use of a human taste panel. (Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition)

    Cats can't talk. Humans can. If humans and cats have at all similar reactions to stimuli, then why not use the species that can give you verbal feedback?

    2. Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behaviour. (Journal of Experimental Biology)

    How do you find out exactly how cocaine affects the nervous system? Keep the cocaine the same, try it on different nervous systems...

    3. Swearing as a response to pain. (NeuroReport)

    Why would pain cause a person to choose a socially frowned upon word to yell out, even if nobody is even there? The parts of the brain that deal with physical pain and those that deal with speech are physically separate, so its quite interesting to ask how they can be connected.

    4. Pigeons can discriminate "good" and "bad" paintings by children. (Animal Cognition)

    It should be clear that examining how animals view art can give clues to its origin in humans.

    5. The "booty call": a compromise between men's and women's ideal mating strategies. (The Journal of Sex Research)

    This sounds like game theory; a few citations down the line the conclusions in this paper could be informing international diplomacy.

    6. Intermittent access to beer promotes binge-like drinking in adolescent but not adult Wistar rats. (Alcohol)

    Yeah, those dumb scientists. Why the hell would anybody want to investigate the causes of binge drinking?

    7. Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time. (PLoS One)

    Bats suck each other off? But you were told at school animals only had sex for procreation weren't you?

    8. More information than you ever wanted: does Facebook bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy? (Cyberpsychology and Behavior)

    More game theory. This one has even more direct applications (ever had facebook drama kick off in a workplace?)

    9. Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull? (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine)

    I suspect people in the law enforcement and medical professions might find this of use.

    10. The nature of navel fluff. (Medical Hypotheses)

    This fluff accumulates right next to peoples skins, so its probably a good idea we know what it is.

    • by Hartree (191324) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @06:49PM (#31445870)

      Actually, the study on honeybee dance was looking at the effect of dopamine levels in the bee's brain. How do you raise dopamine levels? Cocaine is actually a pretty direct and clean method of doing that. Bee dance is a complex social and communicative behavior that's used for one be to tell others the location of food sources. Looking at it can tell you a lot about what's going on in the central nervous system of the bee.

      I hardly think the researcher would've wanted the paperwork, oversight and hassle needed for using a scheduled drug in research just for fun.

      But, just to reassure people that this doesn't start a trend, I live about 20 miles from where the research was done. And I've seen no increase in the local bees out on the street corner jonesing for a toot.

    • EFfects of cocaine on honeybee dance behaviour

      i just would recommend using some raid kill that little bugger that way no one wastes money on pointless bees

      or

      just stepping on the little bugger make sure u have shoes on won't want a stinger in your foot would u

    • by Artifakt (700173)

      Wonder if the Beer Bottle research came about because of court cases? Maybe somebody claimed that if they had really meant to kill someone else, they wouldn't have made the bottle lighter by emptying it first, or alternately, that they thought leaving the liquid in would keep the bottle from becoming a jagged edged weapon. Defense lawyers have been known to introduce such claims on behalf of their clients - maybe some DAs wanted some better counterarguments. If both full and empty bottles definitely have a

  • There's actually a "Journal of Sex Research"?!? Now I really know I'm in the wrong line of work! "But officer, I wasn't cruising for hookers, I was just recruiting test subjects!"
    • "Sex Researchers: Taking the fun out of the last thing we hadn't already since 1962."

      "Sex researchers do it rigorously and with copious bookkeeping."

      "Sex researchers do it in double blind studies."

      "Official sex researcher. Spread your legs for SCIENCE!"

  • I know it's a typo, but for some reason I immediately thought of submarines farting underwater.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by proslack (797189)
      You may have been thinking about this... Submarine flatulence along the Hikurangi margin of New Zealand: Linking geochemical methane anomalies in the water column with hydroacoustic evidence of bubble transport, Geophysical Research Abstracts,Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-04390, 2008SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU2008-A-04390 EGU General Assembly 2008 Author(s) 2008 K. Faure et al.
  • Ray Tracing Jell-O (Score:3, Informative)

    by saccade.com (771661) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @06:24PM (#31445512) Homepage Journal
    They missed Paul Heckbert's classic SIGGRAPH 88 paper, "Ray Tracing Jell-O brand Gelatin" [acm.org].
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Christman’s previous research found mixed-handedness is not uncommon among string players, who must tightly synchronize the actions of their two hands while performing. He writes that in Hendrix’s case, this trait allowed the guitarist to simultaneously use “his right hand to fret the strings, and his left hand to pluck the strings and manipulate the pickup selector and tone, volume and tremolo (i.e. ‘whammy bar’) controls on the body of his instruments.” In this way, Hen

  • I'm surprised that no-one has yet mentioned Kees Moeliker's paper "The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard anas platyrhynchos" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/09/gay_duck_honour/ [theregister.co.uk]
  • 'Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behavior,' 'Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time,' and 'Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull?' are all genuine scientific research papers...

    It may sound quite funny, and I am sure most scientists can see the humour; in fact, they probably made those titles for that reason. That is not to say that the research undertaken is not valid or serves a useful purpose; all branches of science are littered with humour - just take concepts like quarks and their names, QCD, "The eight-fold path" etc; the many scientific names in biology that translate into something witty (or sometimes insulting).

    I suspect when people make fun of this kind of things, it is

  • Thiotimoline (Score:3, Informative)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Friday March 12, 2010 @08:30AM (#31450302)

    "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline"

    for those who never heard of it from 1946 by the good Doctor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiotimoline [wikipedia.org]

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