Scientists also joke, 110 ‘Nobel mockery’ in “Marconi’s Chicken”

The author Vito Tartamella at Adnkronos: “It all started with an article in the ‘Journal of Statistical Physics’ signed by 3 physicists including an elusive Bestial Asshole”

Even the scientists joke. It’s a lot. And even those awarded in Stockholm with the prestigious Nobel. Other than boring ‘lab rats’, researchers from all latitudes are capable of putting up ‘Oscar mockery’, jokes not even imaginable for the caliber of those who thought them. And now, to discover a gallery of 110 scientific jokes is the linguist Vito Tartamella who collected the anecdotes in his new essay
“Marconi’s chicken” (Ed. Daedalus). “When I found out the story of ‘Bestial Asshole’ – the signature that a physicist affixed to sign a scientific work published in 1987 in the prestigious ‘Journal of Statistical Physics’ – I could not help myself. I investigated and I discovered a universe of mockery “the author Vito Tartamella anticipates at the Adnkronos who next Saturday – May 21 – will reveal the contents of his new essay at the Turin Book Fair.” When I learned the anecdote of ‘Stronzo bestial ‘I tried to understand and I investigated where this body came from, but I found nothing. So – says Tartamella – I contacted one of the other two authors William Hoover and asked him where the co-author with the unpronounceable name came from. Hoover told me that the magazine had rejected the article, then during a trip by plane, he had heard two Italians talking about ‘a beastly asshole’ “.” No sooner said than done: after the trip the physicist decided to repeat the same study, without changing even a word, adding only at the end of the work as ‘third author’ Bestial Asshole ‘. A mockery that earned him the publication of the research “.

“Well, ever since I discovered the story and posted it on my blog, I’ve been flooded with tales related to jokes of scientists. And from there I began a careful research that resulted in 110 anecdotes that led me straight to publishing a new book “remembers the author of the essay” Parolacce “that made him famous.” Marconi’s chicken “is, according to the author’s checks, the first book that collects the jokes of scientists of the last 100 years and is “the only essay that tells the jokes of scientists, technologists, research bodies”. Starting with the NASA announcing: “We have found hell on the planet Mercury“and up to the prestigious scientific journal” Nature “which publishes a study on dragons. In the roundup of scientific jokes there is also the founder of Virgin GalacticRichard Branson, who lands in the London countryside with a fake UFO. And then studies signed by dogs, cats or hamsters never highlighted even in the news. In the pages of the book there are also different QR codes and framing them with the mobile phone you can see additional videos, photos and documents. The book is solidly documented and tells the jokes organized not only by Nature but also by other well-known scientific journals such as “Science”, “British medical journal”, “Scientific American” and by the most prestigious research institutions such as Cern or FermiLab. Among the protagonists of the essay there are 5 Nobel laureates: Guglielmo Marconi, Richard Feynman, Hans Bethe, Andre Geim, Enrico Fermi. And even Nikola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Isaac Asimov, Enrico Bombieri did not spare themselves in jokes and jokes. Some of these have even changed history: the crusade against the effects of sodium glutamate it was actually born from a bet between two rogue doctors. There ‘cellist’s scrotalgia’ for years he has held his ground in medical journals but, as Tartamella recalls in his book, it is a disease invented for fun. Just as a group of researchers called the gene responsible for heart disease ‘tafazzina’: a tribute to Tafazzi, a cabaret character. But what prompts a scientist to jeopardize his greatest asset, credibility? “The student spirit is in the DNA of universities since the Middle Ages “says Tartamella observing that their jokes” are not only escape, but also a way to unmask prejudices of people “. In short, a funny book arrives at the Turin Motor Show but it also makes us reflect, because it tells the history of science from an unusual perspective: the humor of scientists. (by Andreana d’Aquino)