Silly Swedish Scientists Sneak Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Articles
Seventeen years ago, John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg, Professors of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, wrote an article called Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind– a reference to the Bob Dylan song Blowin’ in the Wind. Jundberg and Weitzberg wrote lyrics into their papers for five more years until two other academics, Jonas Frisen and Konstantinos Meletis at the university wrote an article called Blood on the tracks: a simple twist of fate. A librarian noticed the title and introduced the four scientists to each other.
This acquaintance turned into a running bet: the person who could incorporate the most number of Dylan lyrics and references into their articles before retirement would win lunch at a local university restaurant.
Sometime later a fifth professor, kenneth Chien, wrote a paper Tangled up in blue: Molecular cardiology in the postmolecular era, and upon being discovered by the foursome, was included in the bet.
It should be noted that the bet excludes scientific papers and is confined to articles and editorials.
Source: The Local
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