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article imageBob Dylan's lyrics crop up in published science papers

By Tim Sandle     Oct 5, 2014 in Science
Freewheelin' Swedish scientists have been sneaking Bob Dylan lyrics into published science papers over several years. These "Jokermen" comprise of five academics, who place the lyrics in their research to amuse each other.
As part of a long-running bet, the Karolinska Institute’s John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg have been quoting Bob Dylan lyrics in non-peer-reviewed research articles for the last 17 years, Sweden’s The Local has reported. The challenge became popular with three colleagues, and five researchers are now “running a wager on who can squeeze the most in before retirement.” The winner gets a free lunch, paid for by the other four.
According to Rolling Stone, the competition began with a scientific paper about flatulence, which was titled: "Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind." The paper concerned the measurement of nitric oxide gas in both the respiratory tracts and the intestine.
Talking with The Guardian, Eddie Weitzberg said: "We both really like Bob Dylan so when we set about writing an article concerning the measurement of nitric oxide gas in both the respiratory tracts and the intestine ... the title came up and it fitted there perfectly."
Other papers have been given the titles "Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate", "The Biological Role of Nitrate and Nitrite: The Times They Are a-Changin", "Dietary Nitrate – A Slow Train Coming", and "Tangled Up in Blue: Molecular Cardiology in the Postmolecular Era."
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