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The Perfect Scent: Chanel No. 5

How do you make the perfect perfume? Start with one that already failed twice. Octogenarians are rarely described as “seductive.” But when a 2009 poll asked 3,000 British newspaper readers to name the world’s most seductive scent, the winner was no spring chicken. Nearly nine decades after its creation, Chanel No. 5 took the title. The [...]

A Study of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Astérix Comics

The long-running French comic series Astérix features a lot of violence. Five medical researchers in Germany figured that there might be something valuable to learn from this data set, and so decided to conduct a formal study of the comic’s brain injuries. Here’s the abstract: BACKGROUND: The goal of the present study was to analyze the epidemiology [...]