21 famous song lyrics that are shockingly scientific

Scientists in Sweden have secretly been placing Bob Dylan lyrics in their research for years. Now it's our turn

Published October 1, 2014 6:00PM (EDT)

Bob Dylan                 (AP)
Bob Dylan (AP)

For the past 17 years, a group of awesome Swedish scientists have been competing with each other over who could sneak the most Bob Dylan song lyrics into research papers before they retired. It all began when John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzburg, two professors at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published an article on flatulence (!) entitled, “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind.”

NPR reports:

“A few years later, two other scientists, Jonas Frisen and Konstantinos Meletis, picked up the riff in a research paper on the ability of non-neural cells to generate neurons, which they called "Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate," incorporating the title of one of Dylan's most famous albums with the song title of one of its most best-known cuts.

That's when, The Local says, a librarian spotted the Frisen and Meletis article and pointed it out to Jundberg and Weitzburg. The four scientists decided to make a bet: Whoever could squeeze the most Dylan song references into articles before retirement gets a free lunch at a restaurant in Solna, north of Stockholm, where the university is based.

Their stunt went viral when the website picked up their ongoing contest a few days ago.

We love when scientists are wacky and hate to be left out, so here are 21 (count 'em) humble proposals for scientific research that seamlessly integrate popular song lyrics. Any real scientists are more than welcome to use these as long as we get a shout out in the acknowledgements section.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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