The F note, a harmonious accompaniment to the F word

The Bibliolore blog tells some history about the supposed significance of the musical note F: The F note, one could say, has a musing-and-fraudulent aura that makes it a good musical accompaniment to the F word. In The voice of the silence (1889), Helena Blavatsky (above) designated the pitch F as the keynote of nature. Blavatsky’s authority was Benjamin Silliman, a Professor […]

Influential imaginary scientists, in this time of influential imaginary facts

Why Fake Data When You Can Fake a Scientist? Making up names and CVs is one of the latest tricks to game scientific metrics That’s the headline on an article in Nautilus magazine, written by Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky. Here’s part of the article: …The fact is that professional advancement for scientists around the […]

“Nuts!” (of/and goats, and dogs, etc., and people), the film

“In 1922, Brinkley traveled to Los Angeles at the invitation of Harry Chandler, owner of the Los Angeles Times, who challenged Brinkley to transplant goat testicles into one of his editors.” That’s just one nugget from the Wikipedia biography of “Doctor” John R. Brinkley, who lived a colorful life. Implanting goat testicles into strangers was […]