Laugh, if you will, at these pithy summaries, in plain language, of academic theses. Who wrote the summaries? The people who wrote the theses — each summarizing their own work. It’s all on the web site LOLmythesis.com (Thanks to Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.)
A scholarly paper about a ritual monster of Spain appears to have a monstrously loooooooooong abstract, which you can see if you click the link on the title: “Tarasca: ritual monster of Spain,” David D. Gilmore, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 152, no. 3, September 2008, pp. 362-82. The author is at Stony brook University.
Students describe their thesis topic, in one sentence. The LoL My Thesis web site presents lots of these single-sentence summaries. Here are a few [each with the person’s field-of-study and institution]: This is a weird star cluster and we absolutely have no idea how it formed – sorry. [Astrophysics, Whitman College] A kiwi egg, despite […]
Point da Bio created this cartoon summary of the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize winners: