Scicurious writes about “the elusive Lippman” and his fairly famous flatulence study. Here’s an excerpt (of the writing about that, not of Lippman‘s study):
…I searched some more, but no one seemed to have the paper. Finally he and I tracked down the elusive Lippman, who is on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Improbable Research. Given that his 1980 paper was titled “Toward a social psychology of flatulence: the interpersonal regulation of natural gas”, I figured this was the right guy….
I was right. Email contact established, Dr. Lippman was kind enough not only to snail mail me the hard copy of the paper (which I will, I promise, scan and produce in PDF for posterity), he also was kind enough to answer many of my questions….
That paper is
Lippman, LG. “Toward a social psychology of flatulence: The interpersonal regulation of natural gas”. Psychology: a Quarterly Journal of Human Behavior, 1980.
The story behind this paper is almost as great at the paper itself….