Reading List for March 16, 2018

Framingham Follies On Protein Power, Michael R . Eades uncovers some early missteps in one of the most important longitudinal studies of all time and how their eventual publication shows how science communicates with itself and the public.

The Misunderstood History of the Whacky Japanese Game Show In The Atlantic, Patrick St Michel points out that virtually every Western conception of the stereotypical cruel and bizarre Japanese game show comes from just one that ran in the 80s.


The Round Island Walrus Hunt: Reviving a Cultural Tradition In a 1998 article in Cultural Survival, James A Fall and Molly B Chythlook write about the decades-long push by Yukip native Alaskans to reestablish an annual walrus hunt that had been prevented since Alaska became a state.

Prince Albert In a Can On Defunct, Paul Collins digs up what is almost certainly the earliest report of prank calls (made just eight years after Bell dialed Watson) and traces them a little further into the future.

Getting Away With Murder In a 1991 article in the Chicago Tribune, Ed Baumann and John O’Brien write about the unsolved random murder mystery that gripped the city and the country 10 years earlier.

I’m always looking for things to read. If you know an interesting article, send it to me at

One thought on “Reading List for March 16, 2018

  1. I’m not sure if you listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast but one of his episodes revolves around the cholesterol fallacy that is referenced in Farmingham Follies. It is a pretty good episode as it speaks heavily on the removal of the delicious beef tallow that was previously being used by McDonalds for their fries. Thank you for the articles!


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