Rigor in Science: hilarious papers.

Fresh from the presses:

Case study N1. From the Helsinki Centre of Economic Research: Male Organ and Economic Growth: Does Size Matter*? Abstract: This paper explores the link between economic development and penile length between 1960 and 1985. It estimates an augmented Solow model utilizing the Mankiw-Romer-Weil 121 country dataset. The size of male organ is found to have an inverse U-shaped relationship with the level of GDP in 1985. It can alone explain over 15% of the variation in GDP. The GDP maximizing size is around 13.5 centimetres, and a collapse in economic development is identified as the size of male organ exceeds 16 centimetres. Economic growth between 1960 and 1985 is negatively associated with the size of male organ, and italone explains 20% of the variation in GDP growth. With due reservations it is also found to be more important determinant of GDP growth than country’s political regime type. Controlling for male organ slows convergence and mitigates the negative effect of population growth on economic development slightly. Although all evidence is suggestive at this stage, the `male organ hypothesis’ put forward here is robust to exhaustive set of controls and rests on surprisingly strong correlation. Keywords: economic growth, development, male organ, penile length, Solow model. Tatu Westling Department of Political and Economic Studies.

This “discussion paper’ has been amply publicised.

Case study n.2. (via economist). Sex with a good looking man is more likeley to elicit a female orgasm than having sex, say, with DSK? According to The Economist, Dr. Puts’ lab will be publishing this study in Evolution and Human Behaviour. I couldnt find a  paper in Dr Puts “in the press”  list.  Will just have to wait.

Case study n. 3. A man with a wide face will probably hit you if you piss him off.  Michael P. Haselhuhn and Elaine M. Wong. Bad to the bone: facial structure predicts unethical behaviour. Proc. R.Soc. B Biology. July 7. Read it and laugh/weep/laugh. No wonder Jack Palance was always beating the crap out of everybody.


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