Category: ridiculous titles

NCBI ROFL: Blow as well as pull: an innovative technique for dealing with a rectal foreign body.

By ncbi rofl | April 23, 2013 12:00 pm

Photo: flickr/mae.noelle

OK, we admit it, we just picked this one because of the title. But the method for removing objects from the rectum using a cluster of balloons is actually pretty inventive.

“Removal of a rectal foreign body (FB) has become increasingly common in the recent times. Nature of rectal FB is limited only by the imagination of the patient concerned. Many techniques have been described for removal and various theories have been put forward to explain the mechanics of the procedure. We report a case where a new technique had been employed.”

Bonus excerpt and figure from the main text:
“Techniques for the safe extraction of a rectal foreign body require ingenuity, but few authors have considered the mechanics of this surprisingly common procedure Read More

NCBI ROFL: The Tie retraction syndrome.

By ncbi rofl | February 11, 2013 3:00 pm

“Tissue retraction is implicated in the pathogenesis of various ophthalmic disorders. Here we describe the clinical characteristics, epidemiology and pathophysiology of a form of retraction syndrome which – to the best of our knowledge – has not been reported in the ophthalmic literature so far. We have termed this condition – consisting of a slowly progressive pseudovertical shortening of tie length due to a horizontal extension of girth length – the “Tie retraction syndrome” (TRS). Read More

NCBI ROFL: Neglected food bubbles: the espresso coffee foam.

By ncbi rofl | January 17, 2013 5:00 pm

“Coffee beverage known as espresso, must be topped by a velvety thick, reddish-brown foam called crema, to be considered properly prepared and to be appreciated by connoisseurs. In spite of the relevant role played by crema as a quality marker, espresso coffee foam has not yet been the subject of detailed investigations. Only recently, some aspects of the Physics and Chemistry behind the espresso coffee foam have attracted the attention of scientists. In addition to sharing several characteristics with other food foams like beer foam, for instance, the espresso coffee foam may contain solid particles (minute coffee cell-wall fragments), it is subjected to a remarkable temperature gradient and its continuous phase is an oil in water emulsion rendering it a very complex system to be studied. Read More

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NCBI ROFL: The hidden menace of non-equine horses.

By ncbi rofl | December 11, 2012 7:00 pm

“An emergency department audit of horse-related injury presentations alerted researchers to a hitherto uninvestigated source of childhood harm: non-equine horses. A search for the term “horse” in the database of the South Australian Injury Surveillance and Control Unit was performed for presentations of horse-related injuries to a paediatric emergency department of an Australian tertiary teaching hospital over a 5-year period. Read More

NCBI ROFL: An endoscopic Jack-o’-Lantern

By ncbi rofl | October 31, 2012 7:00 pm

“Figure 1: A 72-year-old man underwent follow-up colonoscopy after the removal of multiple tubulovillous polyps. Severe diverticulosis was the only finding. Three diverticula were seen adjacent to the larger lumen of the bowel.”
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NCBI ROFL: Inappropriate Fiddling with Statistical Analyses to Obtain a Desirable P-value.

By ncbi rofl | October 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Inappropriate Fiddling with Statistical Analyses to Obtain a Desirable P-value: Tests to Detect its Presence in Published Literature

“Much has been written regarding p-values below certain thresholds (most notably 0.05) denoting statistical significance and the tendency of such p-values to be more readily publishable in peer-reviewed journals. Intuition suggests that there may be a tendency to manipulate statistical analyses to push a “near significant p-value” to a level that is considered significant. This article presents a method for detecting the presence of such manipulation (herein called “fiddling”) in a distribution of p-values from independent studies. Read More


NCBI ROFL: The benefits of having a crazy coworker.

By ncbi rofl | September 13, 2012 7:00 pm

Every cloud has a silver lining: positive effects of deviant coworkers.

“Drawing on the labeling perspective of deviance, we investigate employee reactions to coworkers perceived as deviants. We look at two positive effects for employees in the presence of a deviant coworker. First, in comparison to a deviant individual, other employees can draw more positive conclusions about themselves; and second, a deviant can be informative about organizational norms, thereby improving employee role clarity. Read More

NCBI ROFL: In the slammer: the myth of the prison in American gay pornographic video.

By ncbi rofl | June 15, 2012 7:00 pm

“The purpose of this paper is to discuss the significance of the prison scenario and its various permutations in the texts of American commercial pornographic video. The paper will identify the prison as a highly eroticised all male environment, an arena where the active/passive dichotomy of gay pornography is staged and re-staged. The significances of the prison are multiple. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Beware of the flaming hairball–a brief review and warning.

By ncbi rofl | June 12, 2012 7:00 pm

“Operating room fires are receiving increasing attention in the medical literature and in the general public. The best way to reduce these iatrogenic, sometimes devastating, events is communication and education. The authors present the case of a 14-year-old adolescent girl who had an apparent explosive event during a laparotomy for removal of a large gastric trichobezoar. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Deathly drool: evolutionary and ecological basis of septic bacteria in Komodo dragon mouths.

By ncbi rofl | May 30, 2012 7:00 pm

“Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizard, dispatch their large ungulate prey by biting and tearing flesh. If a prey escapes, oral bacteria inoculated into the wound reputedly induce a sepsis that augments later prey capture by the same or other lizards. However, the ecological and evolutionary basis of sepsis in Komodo prey acquisition is controversial. Read More


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