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Podcast Episode #204: “The Longest Oath”

The Longest Oath, The Okajima/Fujinami Navel Lint Removal Invention, The Effect of Country Music on Suicide, Garlic in Men and Women, Artificial Fruit Processing, Improbable Medical Review, Clever Contraptions to Capture Crooks, and On What I Do Not Understand and Have Something to Say.

In episode #204, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Robin Abrahams, Chris Cotsapas, Jean Berko Gleason, Andrew Berry, Nicole Sharp, Corky White, Richard Baguley, and Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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1. Robin Abrahams encounters:

“Burmah and the Burmese,” Kenneth R.H. Mackenzie, Geo. Routledge & Co., London, 1853

2. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

“Body recessed portion cleaning agent,”patent application (US #2007/0041923) filed by Takao Okajima and Susumu Fujinami.

3. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

“The Effect of Country Music on Suicide,” Steven Stack and James Gundlach , Social Forces, volume 71, number 1, September 1992, on pp. 211-8.

“Comments on Stack and Gundlach’s “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide:” An “Achy Breaky Heart” May Not Kill You.” Gary W. Mauk, Matthew J. Taylor, Karl R. White, and T. Scott Allen, Social Forces, vol. 72, no. 4, 1994, pp. 1249-1255.

“Achy Breaky Makey Wakey Heart? A Randomised Crossover Trial of Musical Prompts,” Malcolm Woollard, , Jason Poposki, Brae McWhinnie, Lettie Rawlins, Graham Munro, and Peter O’Meara. Emergency Medicine Journal, 2011.

4. Andrew Berry encounters:

Hirsch, Alan R. (2000). ‘Effects of Garlic Bread on Family Interactions.’ Psychosomatic Medicine 62 (1): 103.

Kuettner, E. Bartholomeus, Rolf Hilgenfeld, and Manfred S. Weiss (2002). ‘The Active Principle of Garlic at Atomic Resolution.’ Journal of Biological Chemistry 277 (48): 46402–7.

Thomas, H. F., P. M. Sweetnam, and B. Janchawee (1998). ‘What Sort of Men Take Garlic Preparations?’ Complementary Therapies in Medicine 6: 195–97.

5. Nicole Sharp encounters:

“Imitative learning of artificial fruit processing in children (Homo sapiens) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes),” A. Whiten, D.M. Custance, J.C. Gomez, P. Teixidor P, and K.A. Bard, Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol. 110, no. 1, March 1996, pp. 3-14.

6. Corky White encounters:

“Feet Rolled Over by Cars: Radiological and Histological Considerations from Experiments,” J. Falk, J. Michael, P. Eysel, M. A. Rothschild, International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 122, no. 2, March 2008, pp. 97–100.

“A Case Study of Gut Fermentation Syndrome (Auto-Brewery) with Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the Causative Organism.” Cordell, Barbara, and Justin McCarthy, International Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 4, 2013, pp. 309–12.

“Papaya (Carica papaya) Consumption is Unsafe in Pregnancy: Fact or Fable? Scientific Evaluation of a Common Belief in Some Parts of Asia Using a Rat Model,” Adebowale Adebiyi, P. Ganesan Adaikan, and R.N.V. Prasad, British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 88, no. 02, August 2002, pp 199–203.

7. Richard Baguley encounters:

Helene Adelaide Shelby’s “Apparatus for Obtaining Criminal Confessions and Photographically Recording Them” (U.S. patent 1749090, granted 1930)

Alphonse J. Thibault’s “Burglar Trap” (U.S. Patent 1807944, granted 1931)

Peter Boudreau’s “Crime Prevention System” (U.S. patent 3680499, granted 1972)

Jack Jensen’s “Airplane Hijacking Injector” (U.S. patent 3841328, granted 1974)

8. Melissa Franklin encounters:

“Gastric Disappearance of Dietary Fiber by Adolescent Boys,” S. Gramstorff Fetzer, C. Kies, and H.M. Fox, Cereal Chemistry, vol. 56, 1979, p. 34.

“A Tall Space With a Small Bottom,” István Juhász, Saharon Shelah, Lajos Soukup, and Zoltán Szentmikl Ossy, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 131, no. 6, 2003, pp. 1907-16.

“On What I Do Not Understand (and Have Something to Say), Part I,” Saharon Shelah, Fundamenta Mathematicae, vol. 166, nos. 1-2, 2000, pp. 1-82.

“Brussels Sprouts: An Exceptionally Rich Source of Ambiguity for Anticancer Strategies,” M. Paolini,Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, vol. 152, no. 2, October 1998, pp. 293-4.

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