[HUMOR CLASSIC: Scientist Chain Letter]

Kirk Johnson (tuna@esl.cs.colorado.edu)
Fri, 3 May 1996 11:57:40 -0600 (MDT)

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Dear Fellow Scientist:

This letter has been around the world at least seven times. It has been
to many major conferences. Now it has come to you. It will bring you
good fortune. This is true even if you don't believe it. But you must
follow these instructions:

- include in your next journal article the citations below.
- remove the first citation from the list and add a
citation to your journal article at the bottom.
- make ten copies and send them to colleagues.

Within one year, you will be cited up to 10,000 times! This will
amaze your fellow faculty, assure your promotion and improve
your sex life. In addition, you will bring joy to many colleagues.
Do not break the reference loop, but send this letter on today.

Dr. H. received this letter and within a year after passing it on she
was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. M. threw this
letter away and was denied tenure. In Japan, Dr. I. received this
letter and put it aside. His article for Trans. on Nephrology was
rejected. He found the letter and passed it on, and his article was
published that year in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the
Midwest, Prof. K. failed to pass on the letter, and in a budget cutback
his entire department was eliminated. This could happen to you if you
break the chain of citations.

1. Miller, J. (1992).
Post-modern neo-cubism and the wave theory of light.
Journal of Cognitive Artifacts, 8, 113-117.

2. Johnson, S. (1991).
Micturition in the canid family: the irresistable pull of the hydrant.
Physics Quarterly, 33, 203-220.

3. Anderson, R. (1990). Your place or mine?:
an empirical comparison of two models of human mating behavior.
Psychology Yesterday 12, 63-77.

4. David, E. (1994).
Modern Approaches to Chaotic Heuristic Optimization:
Means of Analyzing Non-Linear Intelligent Networks
with Emergent Symbolic Structure.
(doctoral dissertation, University of California at
Santa Royale El Camino del Rey Mar Vista by-the-sea).

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