Best of PubMed #8

Some of my all-time favorites today! The list never ends.


Impact of Yankee Stadium Bat Day on blunt trauma in northern New York City.

Bernstein SL, Rennie WP, Alagappan K.

Ann Emerg Med. 1994 Mar;23(3):555-9.

PMID: 8135433 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Severe burns from inflammable cowboy pants.


J Am Med Assoc. 1946 Apr 6;130:935. No abstract available.

PMID: 21019100 [PubMed – OLDMEDLINE]


[Coffee must be hot as hell, black as the devil, pure as an angel and sweet as love].

Bödding M.

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2006 Dec 22;131(51-52):2889-94. German. No abstract available.

PMID: 17163364 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Would Tarzan believe in God? Conditions for the emergence of religious belief.

Banerjee K, Bloom P.

Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Jan;17(1):7-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.11.005. Epub 2012 Dec 11.

PMID: 23238119 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Induction of an illusory shadow person.

Arzy S, Seeck M, Ortigue S, Spinelli L, Blanke O.

Nature. 2006 Sep 21;443(7109):287.

PMID: 16988702 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


On being treated as an ignorant hillbilly when escorting a patient to a London hospital.

Chellel A.

Nurs Stand. 1991 Dec 18-1992 Jan 7;6(13-14):42. No abstract available.

PMID: 1760310 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


How many angels could dance on the head of a pin?

Ehrlich GE.

J Rheumatol. 2002 Oct;29(10):2240; author reply 2240-1. No abstract available.

PMID: 12375343 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Not my circus, not my monkeys.

Mulaik MW.

Radiol Manage. 2013 May-Jun;35(3):30-1. No abstract available.

PMID: 23785951 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Long-term trends in human eye blink rate.

Monster AW, Chan HC, O’Connor D.

Biotelem Patient Monit. 1978;5(4):206-22.

PMID: 754827 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]



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4 thoughts on “Best of PubMed #8”

  1. Haha, this is not really “Best of PubMed”, but rather “Funny Titles”, isn’t it? I have to say, I like descriptive-and-not-so-cryptical titles much better.

    Or is this some kind of ironic worst-of list?


    1. Yes, the “Best of PubMed” is intended ironically. In some cases the pieces are (to some degree) of actual scientific interest, but the titles are hilarious. In others, the content itself is rather humorous and I highlight points from the abstracts. See, for example, the earlier pieces about using a sort of tiny Ferris wheel to induce motion sickness in cats, or the story about “when children discover the truth about Santa Claus.” In yet others, the whole idea behind the piece is rather interesting – such as a method to tell “True conspiracy theories from false ones.” Happy reading!

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