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Author's Note: 10 Oddball Questions Scientists Have Genuinely Tried to Answer

Writing this article was a lot of fun because zany, weird and nonsensical science is as hilarious as it is absurd. And, at times, surprisingly useful. Kudos all around, Science People, kudos.

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  • Bertenshaw, Catherine and Rowlinson, Peter. "Exploring Stock Managers' Perceptions of the Human-Animal Relationship on Dairy Farms and an Association with Milk Production." Anthrozoos. March 2009. (Oct. 27, 2012.) http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berg/anthroz/2009/00000022/00000001/art00006
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