In a previous Friday Foolery post I mentioned what I thought was the shortest abstract ever.
But a reader (“Trollface”) pointed out in a comment that there was an even shorter (and much older) abstract of a paper in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. It was published in 1974.
The abstract simply says: Yes.
It could only be beaten by an abstract saying: “No”, “!”, “?” or a blank one.
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