The Long, Long History Of Academic Articles And Puns
Obviously, the easiest place to slip a joke into a research paper is right there in the title. The folks over at Slate have put together an extensive collection of research papers whose authors clearly reached way harder for puns than they did for scientific greatness. For example, this article on the various things you apparently don't want to find coming out of your pee-hole, creatively titled: "From Urethra With Shove: Bladder Foreign Bodies. A Case Report And Review."
In 2008, researchers did a study on neck injuries experienced by head bangers, and titled the article "Stuck Between Rock And A Hard Bass." A 2011 psychological study into the positive consequences of pet ownership was titled "Friends With Benefits," which we sure hope was a joke. Another article published in the British Medical Journal noted that, while anecdotal evidence has suggested that the use of a parachute can mitigate death when falling from a great height, no scientific studies have ever been done to prove it. So they did that admittedly unnecessary study, and titled it "Parachute Use To Prevent Death And Major Trauma Related To Gravitational Challenge."
In 2014, someone noticed that a surprisingly high number of economics articles were written by co-authors who shared the same surname. They recruited four unrelated economists, all with the last name "Goodman," to do a study on the phenomenon , and titled it "A Few Goodmen: Surname-Sharing Economist Coauthors."
Finally, there was the 1974 article, published in the Journal Of Applied Behavior Analysis, by researcher Dennis Upper. It was titled "The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment Of A Case Of Writer's Block." At the risk of charges of plagiarism, we've decided to reprint the entire article here as it appears in the journal:
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