Harvard researcher Mark Shrime recently wrote an article entitled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?: The Surgical and Neoplastic Role of Cacao Extract in Breakfast Cereals.” The fake authors he chose for the piece were Pinkerton A. LeBrain and Orson Welles. Shrime submitted this fake article to 37 journals. At last count, 17 had accepted the obviously phony, nonsensical paper. The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism (mayoclinicproceedings.org).
How to keep men from unfairly earning more than women? Don't allow salary negotiations at hiring time. That's the answer according to Ellen Pao, famous
Crappiest Clickbait Story of the Week Award goes this week to Slate, for its horrendous news-fail The Reason McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Come in Four Distinct Shapes, which is assiduously content-free, reads suspiciously like an ad, and makes one wonder just how much McDonald's paid for placement of the "story."
FBI would rather prosecutors dropped cases than disclose stingray details (arstechnica.com): Solid reporting on the creepy technology law enforcement increasingly uses to pull off man-in-the-middle cell phone attacks to track your location, block calls, collect metadata, and more, without NSA's help.
And in case you don't have enough distractions in your day, definitely check out this mysterious, hypnotic solar flare video from NASA Goddard:
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