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Podcast Episode #210: “Famous Monks with Bad Breath”

Famous Monks with Bad Breath, Porn Research, Icky Cutesy Research Review, Missing Pieces Research Review, Amorous Ostriches and Exposure at Sea, and The Plastic Pink Flamingo.

In episode #210, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko GleasonMelissa Franklin, and Richard Baguley. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

This episode was also aided and perhaps abetted by the folks at Archie McPhee, who host their own podcast called “Less Talk, More Monkey”.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Statheropoulos, M., A. Agapiou, and A. Georgiadou (2006). ‘Analysis of Expired Air of Fasting Male Monks at Mount Athos.’ Journal of Chromatography B 832: 274–79. 

Mitsikostas, D. D., A. Thomas, S. Gatzonis, A. Ilias, and C. Papageorgiou. (1994). ‘An Epidemiological Study of Headache Among the Monks of Athos (Greece).’ Headache 34 (9): 539–41.

2. Melissa Franklin encounters:

Relative Alpha Desynchronization and Synchronization During Perception of Music,” C.M. Krause, B. Pörn, A.H. Lang, and M. Laine, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 40, no. 3, September 1999, pp. 209-15.

Convexification of Different Classes of Non-Convex MINLP Problems,” R. Pörn, I. Harjunkoski, and T. Westerlund, Computers and Chemical Engineering, vol. 23, no. 3, February 28, 1999, pp. 439-48.

The Two-Stage Bayesian Method Used For the T-Book Application,” K. Pörn, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 51, no. 2, February 1996, pp. 169-79.

Health and Adaptedness,” I. Pörn, Theoretical Medicine, vol. 14, no. 4, December 1993, pp. 295-303.

Reversible Effects of Sphingomyelin Degradation on Cholesterol Distribution and Metabolism in Fibroblasts and Transformed Neuroblastoma-Cells,” M.I. Pörn and J.P. Slotte, Biochemical Journal, vol. 271, no.1, October 1, 1990, pp. 121-6. 

Kierkegaard and the Study of the Self,” I. Pörn, Inquiry, vol. 27, nos. 2-3, 1984, pp. 199-205.

3. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Descartes and the Gut: ‘I’m Pink Therefore I Am,’“ D.G. Thompson, Gut, vol. 49, no. 2, August 2001, pp. 165-6.

“Gastrointestinal: Intrathoracic Upside-Down Stomach,” Y. Fujiwara, K. Higuchi, and T. Arakawa, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 16, no. 7, July 2001, p. 823.

Vomit Identification By a Pepsin Assay Using a Fibrin Blue-Agarose Gel Plate,” S. Yamada, et al., Forensic Science International, vol. 52, no. 2, January 1992, pp. 215-21. 

A Partially Mummified Corpse With Pink Teeth and Pink Nails,” C. Ortmann and A. DuChesne, International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 111, no. 1, 1998, pp. 35-7.

4. Richard Baguley encounters:

Social Perceptions of Individuals Missing Upper Front Teeth,” Mary S. Willis, Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, and Ryan N. Schacht, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 106, no. 2, April 2008, pp. 423–35. 

The Effect of Broken Exhibits on the Experiences of Visitors at a Science Museum,” Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, Visitor Studies, vol. 10, no. 2, October 2007, pp. 178–91. 

The Missing Bones of Thersites: A Note on Iliad 2.212-19,” R. Clinton Simms, American Journal of Philology, vol. 126, no. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 33–40.

The Mystery of the Missing Toes: Extreme Levels of Natural Mutilation in Island Lizard Populations,” Bart Vervust, Stefan Van Dongen, Irena Grbac, and Raoul Van Damme. Functional Ecology, vol. 23, no. 5, October 2009, pp. 996–1003.

Automated Solutions to Incomplete Jigsaw Puzzles,” Robert Tybon and Don Kerr, Artificial Intelligence Review, vol. 32, nos. 1–4, 2009, pp. 77–99. 

5. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

Bubier, N. E., C. G. M. Paxton, P. Bowers, and D. C. Deeming. “Courtship behaviour of ostriches (Struthio camelus) towards humans under farming conditions in Britain.” British poultry science 39, no. 4 (1998): 477-481.

Paxton, C. G. M., Erik Knatterud, and Sharon L. Hedley (2005). ‘Cetaceans, Sex and Sea Serpents: An Analysis of the Egede Accounts of a “Most Dreadful Monster” Seen Off the Coast of Greenland in 1734.’ Archives of Natural History 32 (1): 1–9.

6. Marc Abrahams encounters:

Interview with Archie McPhee founder Mark Pahlow about Ig Nobel Prize winner Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic pink flamingo.

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