Have you heard about the scientists who sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into their writings? Lately, the internet has caught onto the story of a small group of Swedish scientists who take their Dylan fandom to very clinical levels. For instance, an article about flatulence came with the tagline, "The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind." Get it? Get it?
So were these professors putting their very livelihoods on the line for some Dylan geekery, or were they really just well-meaning men of science looking for some polite fun? We reached out to one, and found the case was quite the latter, well-adjusted to his 15 minutes of internet fame.
Eddie Weitzberg is professor of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute. The moment he picks up the phone, he's befuddled at the amount of attention his little pastime has suddenly garnered since a couple of Swedish publications helped it go viral.