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Scientists snuck Bob Dylan lyrics into research papers for 17 years

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“How does it feel” to be the biggest Dylan fans in the scientific community? Ask John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg, authors of “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind.”

According to Swedish news outlet The Local, Jundberg, Weitzberg and three other Swedish scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have been competing to embed as many Bob Dylan lyrics into their medical research papers as they can before retiring.

 Among the best references:

– “Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate”

– “Tangled Up in Blue: Molecular Cardiology in the Postmolecular Era”

– “The Biological Role of Nitrate and Nitrite: The Times They Are a-Changin'”

– “Dietary Nitrate – A Slow Train Coming”

The scholars’ battle of the wits began when an observant university librarian noticed that Jundberg, Weitzberg, and another two-person team of professors both published Dylan-titled paper several years apart, completely unbeknownst to each other. She introduced the similarly self-amusing colleagues, who recruited one more Dylan-loving coworker and kicked off the bet.

Seventeen years later, and the men are still competing for a free lunch and the “glory, glory, glory” of winning. Weitzberg explained to The Local that they’ve steered away from tinkering with strictly scientific papers (“We could have got in trouble for that”), instead sticking to research reviews, book introductions, and editorials.

“I would much rather become famous for my scientific work than for my Bob Dylan quotes,” Weitzberg told The Local. “But yes, I am enjoying this.”