PubMed: the U.S. National Library of Medicine's great catalogue of biomedical journals. PubMed is the portal to published scientific research, listing over 19 million citations, the good and the bad of what biomedical journals deign to publish. And also the ugly.
Given how much time scientists (especially young scientists) spend worrying about publishing, it is sometimes cathartic to delve into the seedy underbelly of PubMed - to glance through those members of the 19 million citations whose subjects are humorous, awkward, or just plain weird.
Over the past couple of months, I have come across quite a few PubMed jewels: here are some of my favorites. Some of these I found, some were found by other members of the first-year Stanford Neuroscience Program. Some are not suitable for work, children, or those with weak stomachs and vivid imaginations - these I have marked: consider yourself warned.
In the category of Social Interactions:
In the category of Oh, Ewww.
In the category of Really BMJ? Really?
Inexplicably, searching PubMed for the keyword "bouncing" yields this paper:
In the category of Not Suitable for Work/Children/Faint of Heart. (I'm going to leave the titles out in favor of non-rated R descriptions.)
This list is far from complete: I expect to be posting more fantastical PubMed citations in the future. Until then, enjoy these, and remember: theres a journal for every kind of study out there.