Podcast Episode #212: “Kansas Is Flatter Than a Pancake”

Kansas is Flatter Than a Pancake, Fish Drink, Knight of the Living Dead, Improbable Sex, Messy Desk Effect, Journeys of Toothbrushes, Eternity Smells a Rat, Icky Cutesy, Are All Accountants Gray?, and Where Do You Sit in Bulgaria?

In episode #212, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason, Chris Cotsapas, Nicole Sharp, and Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Kansas is flatter than a pancake“, Mark Fonstad, William Pugatch, and Brandon Vogt, Annals of Improbable Research, vol 9, no. 3, May-June 2003, pp. 16-18.

2. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

Measurement of Drinking Rates in Fish,” D.H. Evans, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, vol. 25, no. 2, May 1968, pp. 751-3. 

3. Marc Abrahams encounters:

High Court Rescues ‘Living Dead’ of Azamgarh,” Indian Express, July 25, 1999./ “Back to Life in India, Without Reincarnation,” New York Times, October 24, 2000. /  “Mritak Sangh And Lal Bihari,” The Financial Express, January 7, 2003.

4. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Effects of Coitus on Nasal Temperature,” N.D. Fabricant, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 11, March 1960, pp. 195–19.

Feelings of Regret Following Uncommitted Sexual Encounters in Canadian University Students,” Maryanne L. Fisher, Kerry Worth, Justin R. Garcia, and Tami Meredith, Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 14, no. 1, 2012, pp. 45-57.

Postcoital Visual Loss Due to Valsalva Retinopathy,” Michaels, Luke, Naing Latt Tint, and Philip Alexander, BMJ Case Reports, epub October 23, 2014.

5. Nicole Sharp encounters:

The Messy Desk Effect — How Tidiness Affects the Perception of Others,” Sarah Sitton, Journal Of Psychology, vol. 117, no. 2, 1984, pp. 263-7.

6. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

The Swallowing of a Full-Sized Toothbrush: Report of a Case from the Los Angeles General Hospital,” C.A. Johnson, California and Western Medicine, vol. 26, no. 2, 1927, pp. 210.

Toothbrush Swallowing,” Allan D. Kirk, Bert A. Bowers, Joseph A. Moylan, and William C. Meyers, Archives of Surgery, vol. 123, 1988, pp. 382–4.

Inadvertent Swallowing of Toothbrush,” Dinesh Lal, New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 123, no. 1321, 2010, pp. 69–70.

7. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

Chlorine-36 in Fossil Rat Urine: An Archive of Cosmogenic Nuclide Deposition During the Past 40,000 Years,” M. A. Plummer, F. M. Phillips, J. Fabryka-Martin, H.J. Turin, P.E. Wigand, and P. Sharma, Science, vol. 277, 1997, pp. 538-41.

8. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Body Snatching: A Grave Medical Problem,” Julia Bess Frank, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, vol. 49, no. 4, 1976, pp. 399–410.

The Study of the Human Remains from Nubia: the Contribution of Grafton Elliot Smith and His Colleagues to Palaeopathology,” H.A. Waldron, Medical History, vol. 44, no. 3, 2000, pp. 363–88.

9. Marc Abrahams encounters:

Beyond the Boring Grey: The Construction of the Colourful Accountant,” by Ingrid Jeacle, journal Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 2008.

10. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Karev, George B. (2000). ‘Cinema Seating in Right, Mixed and Left Handers.’ Cortex 36 (5): 747–52.

 –– (1993). ‘Arm Folding, Hand Clasping and Dermatoglyphic Asymmetry in Bulgarians.’ Anthropologischer Anzeiger 51(1): 69–76.

Weyers, Peter, Annette Milnik, Clarissa Müller, and Paul Pauli (2006). ‘How to Choose a Seat in Theatres: Always Sit on the Right Side?’ Laterality 11 (2): 181–93.

McManus, I. C. “Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture.” Nature259, no. 5542 (1976): 426-426.

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