At first site this looks like a contradiction in terminis: NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information – that houses Pubmed) and ROFL (slang for Rolling On the Floor, Laughing). However, NCBI ROFL is exactly what it is: Rolling on the floor laughing about real scientific papers cited in PubMed. Hence the subtitle: “Real Articles, Funny Subjects”.
NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students. But everyone is invited to send in new ROFLs.
What are the articles everybody is ROFLing about? A few examples:
- Optimizing the sensory characteristics and acceptance of canned cat food: use of a human taste panel.
- Pigeons can discriminate “good” and “bad” paintings by children.
- Mr. Bean. an important research tool: Kinematic analysis of facial behaviour in patients with schizophrenia under emotional stimulation by films with “Mr. Bean”.
- Feet rolled over by cars: radiological and histological consideratons from experiments. This is really weird: “A total of 15 detached feet from deceased persons who had donated their bodies to research were rolled over using a VW Passat station wagon. The feet were enclosed in various types of shoes.”
And what a coincidence. One of the first ROFL’s was the following:
- Mandibular angle augmentation with the use of distraction and homologous lyophilized cartilage in a case of morphing to Michael Jackson surgery. (Michael died June 25th)