"Does Winnie the Pooh have a B12 deficiency?"
May 4, 2014 10:12 AM   Subscribe

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Projects has been tackling this and other vital subjects from the world of popular culture. As well as the Winnie the Pooh question, they consider whether Miley Cyrus really can come on like a wrecking ball, where a tiny frog gets the extra mass to turn into a human prince, Sherlock's ability to see dog hairs at a great distance, how many lies Pinocchio could tell before the weight of his enlarged nose caused his neck to snap and the feasibility of Gus Fring's last walk. Word of warning: they're all PDFs.

There is a semi-serious point to all this. The University of Leicester set its students the task of writing papers like these to introduce them to the discipline and form of producing real peer-reviewed science papers. The subjects may be daft, but the science still has to be correct, the university points out.
posted by Paul Slade (9 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
This sounds like a British version of The Journal of Irreproducible Results.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:15 AM on May 4, 2014

She came, on, like, a wrecking ball.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:18 AM on May 4, 2014 [7 favorites]

Finally, worthy research.
posted by petrilli at 10:51 AM on May 4, 2014

Surely it is possible to destroy someone's emotional defenses in much the same way as a wrecking ball destroys physical structures. It does not seem very advisable, since someone is unlikely to thank you for destroying their emotional structure any more than they would thank you for destroying their house. I believe that the authors of the paper have mistaken could and should. This error should have been caught by the reviewers.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:19 AM on May 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Charles Babbage responded to Tennyson's poem The Vision of Sin with a tongue-in-cheek letter reading:

"Sir, in your otherwise beautiful poem there is a verse which reads 'Every moment dies a man, every moment one is born'. Obviously this cannot be true and I suggest that in the next edition you have it read 'Every moment dies a man, every moment one-and-one-sixteenth is born'. Even this value is slightly in error but should be sufficiently accurate for the purposes of poetry."

I don't know why, but GenjiandProust's post just made me think of that.
posted by Paul Slade at 2:15 PM on May 4, 2014 [8 favorites]

Um, it's JIST, not JISP.
posted by pjenks at 3:28 PM on May 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Quite right. My mistake. I should have said "Journal of Interdisciplinary Topics" not "Projects".
posted by Paul Slade at 3:39 PM on May 4, 2014

Well, I look forward to the scholarly research on this.
posted by Mcable at 7:14 PM on May 4, 2014

Well, I know something that is getting slipped into my literature list for my group to read. Too bad they don't seem to have DOI numbers.
posted by Canageek at 12:11 AM on May 5, 2014

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